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Paynesville Press - May 31, 2006

Girls, relays advance to section meet

By Michael Jacobson

The PAHS girls' track team advanced three relays and nine individuals to the Section 5A track meet, which is being held on Wednesday, May 31, at St. John's University.

The top two relays and top four individuals at subsections advance to sections.

The Dogs had two winning relays at the subsection meet, held at PAHS on Wednesday, May 24, and another placed second. "We stacked our relays and tried to advance as many girls as we could to sections," said coach Dave Randgaard. "We also pulled some girls out of some of their events to help them in their stronger events."

The Dogs' 800-meter relay - ninth grader Bri Jaeger, ninth grader Kally Felling, sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick, and senior Tara Schmidt - won at subsections, beating rival St. Cloud Cathedral by 1.2 seconds. Last year, Cathedral beat the Dogs' 800-meter relay by less than a second at the section meet to advance to state.

The Dogs' 3,200-meter relay - ninth grader Linda Keller, junior Kacy Nehowig, ninth grader Erin Guzy, and Frenchick - also won at the subsection meet, beating Cathedral by 30 seconds. At sections junior Tanis Beireis is expected to run in this relay instead of Guzy. The Dogs' 1,600-meter relay - which took seventh in state last year - was edged by Cathedral by 1.4 seconds. Running on this relay for the Dogs are Keller, Felling, Jaeger, and Frenchick. Felling, Frenchick, and Jaeger all earned All State honors last year on this relay, while Keller is replacing Kendra Johnson in this relay.

In individual events, the Dogs were led by second-place finishes by ninth grader Anna Kotten (in the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault), by Keller in the 1,600-meter run, and by Nehowig in the 3,200-meter run. Schmidt was third in the 200-meter dash and in the long jump, while Jaeger was fourth in the 400-meter dash and sophomore Natalie Leadem was fourth in the discus.

The Dogs placed second at the subsection meet behind Cathedral. "We had a strong subsection meet," said Randgaard, "taking second to a strong, senior-dominated Cathedral team."

The Dogs' section advancers and relays will compete at the Section 5A meet at St. John's University on Wednesday, May 31, with field events starting at 10 a.m. and running events starting at 11 a.m.

Should anyone advance, the state meet will be held on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at Hamline University this year, instead of the National Sports Center in Blaine.

Team Scores
1. St. Cloud Cathedral 164.0
2. Paynesville 117.0
3. Albany 94.0
4. Holdingford 89.0
5. Melrose 75.0
6. BBE 62.0
7. Zimmerman 52.0
8. St. John's Prep 39.0

Individual Results
100-meter hurdles: Anna Kotten, second, 16.90;
300-meter hurdles: Kotten, fifth, 52.5; Orbeck, seventh, 53.8;
100-meter dash: Tara Schmidt, fifth, 13.71;
200-meter dash: Schmidt, third, 28.1; Kally Felling, sixth, 28.5;
400-meter dash: Bri Jaeger, fourth, 1:05.8;
800-meter run: No placers;
1,600-meter run: Linda Keller, second, 5:42.2;
3,200-meter run: Kacy Nehowig, second, 12:39; Tanis Beireis, sixth, 13:34;
400-meter relay: Kacie Wander, Randi Schaefer, Orbeck, and Kirsten Miller, sixth, 55.8;
800-meter relay: Jaeger, Felling, Kaitlyn Frenchick, and Schmidt, first, 1:52.7;
1,600-meter relay: Keller, Felling, Jaeger, and Frenchick, second, 4:13.6;
3,200-meter relay: Keller, Nehowig, Guzy, and Frenchick, first, 10:30.83;
Discus: Natalie Leadem, fourth, 103' 1/2"; Schaefer, fifth, 102' 4";
Shot put: Schaefer, seventh, 28' 6 1/4";
High jump: Schaefer, fifth, 4' 6";
Long jump: Schmidt, third, 15' 7";
Triple jump: Frenchick, eighth, 30' 4";
Pole vault: Kotten, second, 8' 6"; Nehowig, sixth, 7' 6"; Beireis, seventh, 7'.

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