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|Paynesville Press - May 8, 2002|
Girls take second in section at true team
The Paynesville Bulldogs girls' track team took second in the section at the true team meet on Thursday in Holdingford. |
The weather conditions could have been better, with less wind and maybe just a few degrees warmer. The Bulldogs tried hard, even with the not-so-perfect weather, and ended up taking second place behind state-rated Mayer Lutheran.
"We knew that Mayer Lutheran was the team to beat coming into this meet, and we had to perform at a very high level to compete with them," said coach Dave Randgaard. "We performed outstanding in almost every event, but Mayer Lutheran was too solid to make a mistake against," he added.
Mayer Lutheran outscored the Bulldogs 558.5 to 484.5. (In the true team, teams enter two people per individual event and one relay, with the winner getting 20 points and all placers getting points.)
The Bulldogs won five individual events last week. The meet started out well, with the Bulldogs' 3,200-meter relay team finishing first. Members of the relay were senior Sara Lieser, junior Mandy Mayer, eighth grader Brooke Schmitz, and junior Jenny Berg.
Senior Jen Hess was able to win both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. Teammate Kacy Nehowig, a seventh grader, ran both races as well and finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run and third in the 3,200-meter run with her personal best time.
Senior Melissa Bachman dominated the pole vault, winning by six inches. She also placed fourth in the triple jump.
Senior Heidi Jansen finished first in the shot put. She also was part of the Dogs' second-place finish in the 400-meter relay, with sophomore Heather Christensen, Bachman, and eighth grader Tara Schmidt.
Paynesville's other runner-up finish was Schmitz in the 800-meter run.
Ninth grader Kendra Johnson was third in the 100-meter hurdles, fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, and fourth in the high jump.
Other fourth-place finishers were sophomore Jess Virant in the 100-meter hurdles and junior Danny Lieser in the long jump.
Other fifth-place finishers were the 1,600-meter relay (Lieser, Mayer, Schmitz, and Hess); junior Morgan Martinson in the discus; and ninth grader Brittany Lieser in the high jump.
The Bulldogs are still in the running for a wildcard entry to the state true team meet in Blaine on Saturday, May 18. The state meet includes the eight section winners and one wildcard team.
All the results for the section runners-up will be put together and used for a fictious meet, with the winner qualifying for state. The weather last week will not help the Bulldogs, as the cold, windy weather did not help any team have its best results.
Many of the other sections will hold their true team meets this week, so Paynesville will not know if they have qualified as the wildcard until next weekend.
This week, the Bulldogs will compete at Melrose on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs, with a partial squad, finished first out of four teams. They had seven first-place finishers and 11 runners-up.
Winners were sophomore Heather Christensen in the 100-meter dash, junior Jenny Berg in the 800-meter run, junior Morgan Martinson in the discus, senior Heidi Jansen in the shot put, junior Danny Lieser in the long jump, sophomore Jess Virant in the triple jump, and senior Melissa Bachman in the pole vault.
Runners-up were ninth grader Kendra Johnson in the 300-meter hurdles and in the high jump, Bachman in the 100-meter dash and the triple jump, eighth grader Tara Schmidt in the 200-meter dash, Lieser in the 400-meter dash, senior Sara Lieser in the 800-meter run, senior Ashley Wall in the discus, Christensen in the long jump, and the 400-meter and 800-meter relays.
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