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Paynesville Press - June 4, 2003

Dogs place four in top ten at sections

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville boys' track team had four top ten finishes at the Section 5A track and field meet last week. Eight Bulldogs competed at the section meet at St. John's University on Wednesday, May 28, but none advanced to the state meet.

Senior Riley Flanders turned in the best individual performance, finishing fifth individually in the 3,200-meter run, covering two miles in 10:11.8.

Riley Flanders taking fifth in the 3,200 meter The Bulldogs also had two relays that placed in the top five. The 3,200-meter relay - with junior Chad Wyffels, senior Tom Flannigan, Flanders, and senior Milan Virant - finished fourth in 8:31.5.

Wyffels, Flannigan, and Virant also ran legs for the Dogs' 1,600-meter relay, with senior Josh Teicher running the other leg. This relay team took fifth in 3:40.1.

Virant - one of three Bulldogs to compete in three events at sections - recorded the only other top ten finish for the Bulldogs, running ninth in the 400-meter dash.

The Bulldogs, as a team, finished 19th out of 25 schools. Annandale, who beat the Dogs at subsections, was the Section 5A team champ.

Senior Riley Flanders led the 3,200-meter run for a couple laps, ending up taking fifth place in Section 5A on Wednesday, May 28 at St. John's.

"We have had better days," said coach Darrel Carstens. "It is always a great experience getting to sections, and there were highlights, but I know we could have been better."

"It was great for the seniors to end the season at a meet of this caliber, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to coach them. Riley Flanders and Adam Leyendecker, as captains, did great this year and competed very well at sections," added Carstens.

Team Results
1. Annandale 63
2. St. Cloud Cathedral 59
3. Foley 57
4. Melrose 53
5. Albany 52
6. Mayer Lutheran 50
7. LPGE 46
7. Delano 46
9. Pierz 39
10. ACGC 28.5
11. Holdingford 23
11. New London-Spicer 23
13. Upsala/Swanville 19
14. St. John’s Prep 18
15. Milaca 16
16. Becker 15.5
17. Sauk Centre 15
18. Rockford 14
19. Paynesville 13
20. Holy Family 12
21. Lester Prairie/HL-W 11
22. Watertown-Mayer 9
23. Royalton 8
24. Norwood Young America 5
25. Maple Lake 2

Individual Results
300-meter hurdles: Chad Wyffels, 13th, 45.3;
100-meter dash: Lee Fuchs-Thielen, 16th, 12.0;
400-meter dash: Milan Virant, ninth, 54.3;
800-meter run: Tom Flannigan, 12th, 2:13;
3,200-meter run: Riley Flanders, fifth, 10:11.8;
1,600-meter relay: Wyffels, Flannigan, Josh Teicher, and Virant, fifth, 3:40.1;
3,200-meter relay: Wyffels, Flannigan, Flanders, and Virant, fourth, 8:31.5;
Discus: Adam Leyendecker, 12th, 116’ 9”;
Long jump: Troy Fuchs-Thielen, 15th, 17’ 6”;
Triple jump: Lee Fuchs-Thielen, 15th, 38’.

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