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|Paynesville Press - May 21, 2003|
Relay team sets new school record
With another runner-up finish in the West Central Conference North last week, the Paynesville girls' track team have placed either first or second in the conference for 12 straight years.|
The Paynesville girls' track team had a great meet and finished second in the conference behind the tough Crusaders from St. Cloud Cathedral, who are rated #1 in the state in Class AA and who hosted last week's meet at St. Cloud Apollo High School.
Last year, the Crusaders edged the Bulldogs by a half point for the conference title. This year, the Crusaders prevailed by 50 points.
The Bulldogs had balanced scoring: earning 91 points in the running events and 65 1/3 in the field events. They also scored points in all 18 events.
Nine Paynesville girls received All Conference honors by placing either first or second in a relay or individual event. Earning All Conference honors were seniors Jen Berg, Morgan Martinson, and Mandy Mayer; sophomores Kendra Johnson and Brittany Lieser, ninth graders Tara Schmidt and Brooke Schmitz, and eighth graders Tanis Beireis and Kacy Nehowig.
The Bulldogs recorded four first-place finishes and 21 top-five finishes.
The biggest, and best, surprise of the meet was the 1,600 meter relay. The coaches put together a new team just last week. This team - Johnson, Mayer, Schmidt, and Schmitz - finished first by 10 seconds and broke the school record by two seconds.
Other first-place finishes were Schmidt in the 200-meter dash and Martinson in the shot put and in the discus.
Ninth grader Brooke Schmitz ran a leg on the Dogs' record-breaking 1,600-meter relay last week. The new realy team - whose other members are senior Mandy Mayer and sophmores Tara Schmidt and Kendra Johnson - took first in the conference.
Runner-up finishes - also earning All Conference honors - were Johnson in the 300-meter hurdles and in the high jump; Schmitz in the 800-meter run; Lieser in the high jump; Mayer in the triple jump; and the Bulldogs' 3,200-meter relay of Beireis, Berg, Mayer, and Nehowig.
This week, the Bulldogs will host the subsection meet on Wednesday, May 21, starting at 2 p.m. The top two relays and top four individuals will advance to the section meet at St. John's University on Wednesday, May 28, starting at 11 a.m.
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