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Paynesville Press - May 19, 2004

Girls place fourth at Benson in tune-up for state true team

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville girls' track team placed fourth at Benson on Tuesday, May 11, with a short-handed squad.

The Benson meet was one of the team's last preps before the state true team meet on Saturday in Blaine. The Dogs will also compete at the conference meet on Thursday at Long Prairie.

State True Team schedule Sophomore Tara Schmidt led the Dogs by winning the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at Benson. She also placed second in the 400-meter dash and third in the long jump.

Ninth grader Kacy Nehowig had the next highest finish for the Dogs, placing second in the 3,200-meter run.

Double placers for Paynesville were senior Peggy Thompson (seventh in the discus and eighth in the shot put); junior Brittany Lieser (fourth in the shot put and sixth in the high jump); and sophomore Ashley Lieser (sixth in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles).

Both Thompson and Brittany Lieser set personal bests in the shot put. Ninth grader Tanis Beireis also set a personal best in the pole vault, clearing eight feet, to place third.

The Dogs were without junior Kendra Johnson (sick) and senior Jessica Paul (injured) at the meet. In addition, six girls competed at the junior high meet instead of the varsity meet that day.

"We were really short-handed," said coach Dave Randgaard. "We did pretty well with what we had."

The Bulldogs had a meet at Maple Lake scheduled for Thursday but it was cancelled due to the weather.

This week, the team has two big meets. They will compete in the conference meet at LPGE on Thursday, starting at 3 p.m. And they will compete at the state true team meet on Saturday in Blaine. (See schedule in shaded box.)

Team Scores
1. LQPV-DB 125
2. Benson/KMS 96.5
3. Minnewaska 85.5
4. Paynesville 79
5. Canby 74
6. Morris 62
7. Montevideo 51.5
8. Hancock 48
9. Chokio-Alberta/Clinton-Grace 25
10. West Central Area

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Ashley Lieser, sixth, 18.1;
300-meter hurdles: Lieser, sixth, 54.6;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, first, 13.5;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, first, 27.4;
400-meter dash: Schmidt, second, 1:05;
800-meter run: No one placed;
1,600-meter run: Kaitlyn Frenchick, eighth, 6:02;
3,200-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, second, 12:41;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Brittany Lieser, and Sam Moser, fifth, 57.43;
800-meter relay: Wander, Schaefer, Ashley Lieser, and Moser, eighth, 2:02;
1,600-meter relay: Frenchick, Megan Reeck, Brittany Lieser, and Tanis Beireis, sixth, 4:46;
3,200-meter relay: Frenchick, Reeck, Nehowig, and Beireis, fourth, 11:04;
Discus: Peggy Thompson, seventh, 84' 3";
Shot put: Brittany Lieser, fourth, 29' 6" (personal best); Thompson, eighth, 28' 3" (personal best);
High jump: Brittany Lieser, sixth, 4' 8";
Long jump: Schmidt, third, 15' 3";
Triple jump: No one placed;
Pole vault: Beireis, third, 8' (personal best).

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