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|Paynesville Press - September 3, 2003|
Harriers finish 10th at the Morris Invitational
The Paynesville boys' cross country team opened their 2003-04 season by placing tenth in a 15-team meet at Morris on Tuesday, Aug. 26.|
With nearly 100 runners in the varsity boys field, Paynesville was led by senior captain Chad Wyffels, who finished 27th overall.
Four other runners - completing the five-man team score - finished in a grouping between 40th and 59th: junior Matt Mehr in 40th, junior Jason Wendroth in 45th, ninth grader Dugan Flanders in 49th, and junior Chris Utsch in 59th.
Ninth grader Peder Thompson also ran in the varsity race, finishing 82nd.
"We figured to be around eighth going in," said coach Darrel Carstens, "and we can run better, but it was a hot first meet and we will grow with the season."
In the last three years, following the team's state title in 2000, the Bulldogs have graduated 11 varsity runners from their boys' teams.
Marshall had the top three runners in the meet and won the boys' team title.
A highlight of the meet for Paynesville was the performance of the seventh grade team, said Carstens. The Bulldogs' seventh graders were first for their age group. Kohl Nehowig led the way in third place, followed closely by Jamison Wall in fourth, Josh Sturtz in 10th, Russell O'Fallon in 13th, and Ezra Thompson in 20th.
"We had a fun day and had some great performances, but we will be improving," said Carstens. "This should be a fun season."
This week, the Bulldogs will run at the BBE Invite - held at the golf course in Brooten - on Thursday, Sept. 4, starting at 5 p.m. The Dogs will also run at Long Prairie on Monday, Sept. 8, starting at 4 p.m.
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