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|Paynesville Press - September 11, 2002|
Flanders leads Bulldogs at BBE meet
The Bulldogs boys' cross country took fifth out of 14 teams at the BBE meet on a very hot afternoon on Thursday. The Dogs endured the heat and ran well on the flat golf course in Brooten, which was their second meet of the season.|
Senior captain Riley Flanders ran one of the strongest races of his career, finishing second to Greg Liebl of Montevideo, the Class A state champion in 2000 and the runner-up in 2001. (Liebl led Montevideo to the team title, edging Sauk Centre.)
Flanders had his second top five finish at the BBE meet. Last year, Flanders finished fourth.
He started the race back in the pack, but after a mile he picked up his pace and moved into second. He also ran his personal best time in 16:47.
Senior Riley Flanders placed in the top five at the BBE meet for the second year in a row. He was second last week, running a personal best time and trailing only a former state champ from Monte.
Junior Chad Wyffels also ran a good race, finishing second for the Bulldogs in 20th position. The Dogs' third runner was senior Freddie Stock in 34th.
Senior Tommy Flannigan ran a much better race than last week in Morris, coming in fourth for the Dogs at 39th. He dropped over two minutes off his time from last week.
Paynesville's fifth, sixth, and seventh runners are all sophomores: Matt Mehr finished the race in 45th, Jason Wendroth finished 53rd, and Chris Utsch finished 58th.
Although the course is the flattest course that the Dogs will run on this year, the competition was tough and the heat made the race challenging.
The Dogs have two meets this week. They ran at Long Prairie on Monday, Sept. 9, and will run at the Little Crow Country Club between New London and Spicer on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4:30 p.m.
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