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|Paynesville Press - May 14, 2003|
Track teams combine to take third at fun meet
The Paynesville Bulldogs traveled to Maple Lake on Thursday for a fun meet. |
This unconventional meet consisted of relays. Some relays were mixed with boys and girls, and for others competitors recorded their own time or distance but then three team results were added together to get a team score. For instance, the field events were put into a relay by adding each individual distance, and the hurdles were put into a relay by adding the individual times.
The meet featured medley relays, relays of unusual distance (a 4 by 1,600-meter relay and a 4 by 1,200-meter relay, for example), a thrower's relay, and a coach's relay at the end of the meet, which everyone really enjoyed.
The Bulldogs took first place in five events and finished third as a team at the meet.
The Bulldogs' 4 by 800-meter mixed relay team - eighth grader Kacy Nehowig, ninth grader Brooke Schmitz, and seniors Tommy Flannigan and Riley Flanders - dominated the first race of the day, winning by 10 seconds. This same team also took first in the 4 by 1,200-meter mixed relay.
Senior Jen Berg helped the mixed 4 by 100-meter relay finish third at the Maple Lake Relay Meet.
The boys' 800-meter medley relay took first, beating the second-place team by less than a second. Juniors Lee Fuchs-Thielen and Troy Fuchs-Thielen ran 100-meter legs, senior Milan Virant ran the 200-meter leg, and junior Chad Wyffels ran the 400-meter leg.
The girls also took first place in the long jump, which was done as a relay, with three individuals jumping and their distances being added together. Schmitz, ninth grader Tara Schmidt, and senior Kelly Schultz combined to jump over 41 feet to win this event.
The fifth, and last, event that took first place was the girls' 400-meter medley relay. Junior Jess Paul and Schultz ran 50-meter legs, ninth grader Megan Reeck ran the 100-meter leg, and Schmidt ran the anchor 200-meter leg.
This week, the Bulldogs will compete in a traditional meet for the West Central Conference North title on Thursday starting at 2:30 p.m. The meet is hosted by St. Cloud Cathedral but will be held at St. Cloud Apollo High School.
Junior Ben Lingl hands the baton to senior Josh Teicher during the 400-meter medley relay with Lingl running a 50-meter leg and Teicher running a 200-meteer leg.
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