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Paynesville Press - June 11, 2003

Track team sets three school records

By Mandy Mayer

The Bulldogs' 2003 track season is officially over. The girls' record was 40-5 through subsections. This is their 15th consecutive winning season.

The team had three meet championships: Annandale Invite, Koronis Invitational, and the BBE Invite. They also had five second place finishes: St. John's indoor, Paynesville Invite, Section 4A True Team, West Central Conference North, and Subsection 20A.

They finished ranked number eight in the state for true teams and ranked second in the area by the West Central Tribune.

The girls set three new records this spring. Senior Morgan Martinson broke the discus record, setting the new school mark at 119' 1" at Annandale in April.

Sophomore Kendra Johnson broke the 300-meter hurdle record twice. First she broke it at home in April and then she broke her own school record in May at the Section 5A meet, finishing third in 47.9.

The girls' 1,600-meter relay team of senior Mandy Mayer, freshman ninth grader Tara Schmidt, Johnson, and ninth grader Brooke Schmitz set a new school record of 4:16.77 at the conference meet in May.

The team voted on awards and the following girls received them at the team's banquet. Johnson and Schmitz were chosen as MVPs. Mayer received the TEAM award. Martinson was chosen as the Most Supportive. Schmidt and eighth grader Tanis Beireis were picked as Most Improved. And eighth grader Kacy Nehowig was selected as the Hardest Worker.

Recognized for cheering the loudest were Johnson, junior Peggy Thompson, and ninth grader Sheena Hoekstra.

Nine members of the team received All Conference recognition this year: seniors Jen Berg, Martinson, and Mayer; sophomores Johnson and Brittany Lieser; ninth graders Schmidt and Schmitz; and eighth graders Beireis and Nehowig.

Every member of the team was able to letter this season.

Captains for 2004 will be Jessica Paul, Thompson, Johnson, and Lieser.

Coach Dave Randgaard was very impressed by the team this year and said, "This team really achieved at a higher level than I expected. We were hit hard by the 2002 graduating class, losing seven seniors and a lot of points off our team score, but these girls rose to the challenge of being an outstanding team and performed above expectations."

He also commented that the coaches had a great time coaching this team and they would like to thank all of the team members for a great season.

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