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Paynesville Press - May 24, 2006

Eight tracksters earn All Conference honors

By Michael Jacobson

Eight PAHS girl tracksters earned All Conference honors on Thursday as the Dogs placed third in the West Central Conference North meet at New London-Spicer.

Ninth grader Anna Kotten won both the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault to lead the All Conference parade for the Dogs.

Ninth grader Linda Keller also was the conference champion in the 1,600-meter run, and the Dogs' 800-meter relay (ninth grader Bri Jaeger, ninth grader Kally Felling, sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick, and senior Tara Schmidt) also won.

To earn All Conference honors, individual competitors and relay participants must place first or second in the eight-team meet.

Sophomore Natalie Leadem also earned All Conference honors by placing second in the discus, and junior Kacy Nehowig earned All Conference honors by being part of the second-place 3,200-meter relay (along with Keller, Felling, and Frenchick).

Schmidt, who also placed second in the 200-meter dash, earned All Conference honors for the fifth straight year, while Nehowig earned All Conference honors for the fourth straight year.

Felling, Frenchick, Jaeger, and Kotten all earned All Conference honors for the second time, while Keller and Leadem earned them for the first time in track.

With both Paynesville and Sauk Centre fielding lighter lineups due to the state true team meet on Saturday, St. Cloud Cathedral (144) won the conference title. Sauk (135) was second, with Paynesville (112.5) third.

"We had a very solid performance at the conference meet," said coach Dave Randgaard, "trying to get as many All Conference that we could. We did have to hold back some of the girls in their events, because of state true team being on Saturday morning. We wanted them to get some work in at the conference meet, but not too much because we didn't have enough recovery time between meets. Our #1 goal was to do the best we could at the state meet."

This week, the Dogs will start their quests for state berths with the subsection meet at PAHS on Wednesday, May 24, at 3 p.m.

Next week, relays that place in the top two and individuals that place in the top four at subsections will compete at sections at St. John's University on Wednesday, May 31.

Team Scores
1. St. Cloud Cathedral 144.0
2. Sauk Centre 135.0
3. Paynesville 112.5
4. Albany 87.0
5. Minnewaska 64.0
6. LPGE 60.0
7. Melrose 57.0
8. New London-Spicer 41.5

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Anna Kotten, first, 17.05 (All Conference); Stacy Orbeck, fifth, 18.88;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, fourth, 13.37;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, second, 27.68 (All Conference);
400-meter dash: Bri Jaeger, fourth, 1:04.15;
1,600-meter run: Linda Keller, first, 5:33.04 (All Conference);
3,200-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, fifth, 13:28.6;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Orbeck, and Kirsten Miller, seventh, 56.15;
800-meter relay: Jaeger, Kally Felling, Kaitlyn Frenchick, and Schmidt, first, 1:50.08 (All Conference);
1,600-meter relay: Melanie Koerner, Erin Guzy, Tanis Beireis, and Natalie Leadem, seventh, 4:35.58;
3,200-meter relay: Keller, Nehowig, Felling, and Frenchick, second, 10:19.2 (All Conference);
Discus: Leadem, second, 100' 3" (All Conference) (personal best); Schaefer, fifth, 87' 6 1/2";
Shot put: Schaefer, fourth, 31' 2"; Leadem, sixth, 29' 4"; Ariel Jones, eighth, 26' 7";
High jump: Schaefer, fourth, 4' 8";
Long jump: Schmidt, fourth, 15' 6" (personal best);
Pole vault: Kotten, first, 8' 6" (All Conference); Nehowig, sixth, 7' 6".

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