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|Paynesville Press - May 23, 2001|
Girls defeat LPGE by 60 points
The Paynesville Bulldogs girls' track team won the West Central Conference North meet in Melrose on Thursday by outscoring Long Prairie-Grey Eagle by nearly 60 points.|
The Bulldogs stayed undefeated for the season and avenged last season's runner-up finish behind LPGE.
Heidi Jansen won the shot put title at the WCC meet and helped the 800-meter relay team to a runner-up finish.
Ten Bulldogs earned All Conference honors in the meet by placing first or second in an event. Earning honors in two events were: Ranea Eastling (first in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash), Heidi Jansen (first in the shot put and second in the 800-meter relay), Jenny Hess (first in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run), and Joy Hemmesch (second in both the discus and the pole vault).
Melissa Bachman won the pole vault to earn All Conference honors, Morgan Martinson won the discus, and Danny Lieser was second in the long jump. Tammy Christenson, Carla Hemmesch, and Hannah Braun got All Conference recognition for their part in the runner-up 800-meter relay.
"The key to winning the conference championship was our excellent balance between our running events and field events," said Dave Randgaard. "When you can score 85.5 points in field events and know you are very strong in your running events (99 points), too, it leads to a strong, balanced team that is hard to beat."
The Bulldogs placed in every event, and had multiple placings in 11 of the 14 individual events.
Leading the way were the mile run and the triple jump, where the Bulldogs placed three. Hess, Brooke Schmitz, and Mandy Mayer all ran in the mile run. Hess won, and Schmitz and Mayer placed fourth and seventh.
In the triple jump, Mayer was third, Jessica Virant was fifth, and Ranea Eastling was sixth. The Bulldogs placed at least two athletes in all six field events.
"The coaches are very proud of the way the girls mentally prepared for this meet and how they competed and really wanted to win the conference title," said Randgaard.
The Bulldogs will compete in subsection competition at ACGC High School in Grove City on Thursday, starting at 2 p.m. The section meet will be held on Wednesday, May 30, at St. John's University starting at noon.
Katrina Orbeck (left) and Jessica Virant (right) competes in the 110-meter hurdles, where Virant took seventh.
800-meter run: Brooke Schmitz, fourth, 2:35.5; Mandy Mayer, sixth, 2:40;
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