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Paynesville Press - May 7, 2003

Boys take sixth at true team sectional

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' track team took sixth place out of ten teams at the sectional true team track meet at Holdingford on Thursday.

This meet determines which team advances to the true team state meet. In a true team meet, each team enters a certain number of participants in each event and all participants are ranked, with team getting points accordingly, leading to higher team scores.

The purpose of a true team meet is intended to determine the best overall team.

The Bulldogs won one event and placed in the top eight nine times in taking sixth.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was their 3,200-meter relay, which took first place with a time of 8:46.5. Junior Chad Wyffels and seniors Tommy Flannigan, Riley Flanders, and Milan Virant each ran an 800-meter leg on that winning relay.

Two other relays - their 400-meter relay and their 1,600-meter relay - took fifth for the Dogs. Wyffels, Flannigan, and Flanders also ran legs on the 1,600-meter relay, with senior Josh Teicher replacing Virant.

Teicher, senior Ryan Glenz, and juniors Lee Fuchs-Thielen and Troy Fuchs-Thielen ran the 400-meter relay for the Bulldogs.

The Dogs had four individuals place fifth: Wyffels in the 300-meter hurdles, Virant in the 400-meter dash; Flanders in the 1,600-meter run; and Lee Fuchs-Thielen in the triple jump.

Mayer Lutheran won the team title this year, after being edged by St. Croix Lutheran last year. The Dogs finished fourth last year, only 40 points back.

Coach Darrel Carstens felt some team members had great days and others did not. The team needs two good weeks of preparation for the conference meet, the subsection meet, and the section meet, he said.

This week, the Dogs will travel to Maple Lake for their only meet this week on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Team scores
1. Mayer Lutheran 558.5
2. St. Croix Lutheran 479.5
3. Holdingford 460.5
4. Concordia Academy 429.5
5. Trinity School 418.0
6. Paynesville 329.5
7. Maple Lake 238.5
8. Blake School 226.5
9. Royalton 201.5
10. Mounds Park 161.0

Individual Results (Top 8 Only)
300-meter hurdles: Chad Wyffels, fifth, 44.2; 400-meter dash: Milan Virant, fifth, 54.7; 1,600-meter run: Riley Flanders, fifth, 4:54.4; 400-meter relay: Lee Fuchs-Thielen, Ryan Glenz, Josh Teicher, and Troy Fuchs-Thielen, fifth, 48.5; 1,600-meter relay: Wyffels, Tommy Flannigan, Flanders, and Teicher, fifth, 3:44.9; 3,200-meter relay: Wyffels, Flannigan, Flanders, and Virant, first, 8:46.5; High jump: Flannigan, seventh, 5' 8"; Triple jump: Lee Fuchs-Thielen, fifth, 39' 10"; Pole vault: Aaron Bachman, seventh, 10' 6".

BBE meet
The Bulldogs took a limited squad to a five-team meet at BBE on Tuesday, April 29.

The Bulldogs rested their runners for the true team sectional meet on Thursday and brought only a few team members to compete mainly in field events.

Junior Lee Fuchs-Thielen won the long jump and placed second in the triple jump for the Dogs.

Senior Adam Leyendecker won the discus and placed sixth in the shot put. Junior Derek Burris also placed in both throwing events, taking seventh in the discus and eighth in the shot put.

Junior Troy Fuchs-Thielen also placed in two events: third in the pole vault and fifth in the long jump. Ninth grader Aaron Bachman took second in the pole vault for the Dogs.

Team scores
1. St. John's Prep 225.5
2. Maple Lake 127.5
3. BBE 109
4. Hancock 100
5. Paynesville 56

Individual Results
1,600-meter run: Dugan Flanders, sixth;
Discus: Adam Leyendecker, first; Derek Burris, seventh;
Shot put: Leyendecker, sixth; Burris, eighth;
Long jump: Lee Fuchs-Thielen, first; Troy Fuchs-Thielen, fifth;
Triple jump: Lee Fuchs-Thielen, second;
Pole vault: Aaron Bachman, second; Troy Fuchs-Thielen, third.

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