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Paynesville Press - June 28, 2006

Tracksters conclude another successful season

By Michael Jacobson

The PAHS girls' track team - following another winning season - concluded their spring campaign by distributing post-season awards.

The Dogs won the championships at seven meets this spring, including the section title in true team track for the third straight year. In May, the Dogs finished fifth at the Class A state meet in true team, the highest finish in school history. Previously, the Dogs placed sixth at true team in 1996, seventh in 2005, and ninth in 2004.

"The girls' track team had another outstanding season," said coach Dave Randgaard. "We finished in the top three in all ten of our meets, except at state true team, where we challenged for third place as well."

The Dogs also finished in the top three in the conference for the 16th straight year.

Other highlights this spring included the 3,200-meter relay team - junior Tanis Beireis, sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick, ninth grader Linda Keller, and junior Kacy Nehowig - breaking the school record (9:57.73) in winning the Section 5A title and advancing to state, where they just missed All State honors, finishing tenth.

The old school record in the 3,200-meter relay was 10:08.11, set in 1999 by Erin Aagesen, Carin Frenchick, Jen Hess, and Amanda Mayer.

The Dogs' 1,600-meter relay team - ninth grader Kally Felling, Frenchick, ninth grader Bri Jaeger, and Keller - ran the second fastest time in school history at the section meet, finishing a step behind St. Cloud Cathedral, whose team went on to finish second at state. The only faster time in school history (4:09.07) was run in the state preliminaries last year by Felling, Frenchick, Jaeger, and Kendra Johnson, who placed seventh at state and earned All State honors.

Eight Bulldogs earned All Conference honors this spring: senior Tara Schmidt (200-meter dash and 800-meter relay); Nehowig (3,200-meter relay); Frenchick (800-meter and 3,200-meter relays); sophomore Natalie Leadem (discus); Felling (800-meter and 3,200-meter relays); Jaeger (800-meter relay); Keller (1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter relay); and ninth grader Anna Kotten (100-meter hurdles and pole vault).

Kyle Nehowig was named the Assistant Coach of the Year in Section 5A this spring.

Following the season, these team awards were given: Schmidt, MVP; Kotten, Most Improved; eighth grader Krista Topp and ninth grader Stacy Orbeck, Rookies of the Year; and Jaeger, TEAM Award.

The Dogs will lose two seniors to graduation: Schmidt and Kacie Wander. "We will be a strong team again next year," said Randgaard, "and should be among the best teams in the area."

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