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Paynesville Press - September 15, 2004

Mehr, boys finish fifth at BBE Invite

By Michael Jacobson

Led by senior Matt Mehr's top five finish, the Bulldogs boys' cross country team placed fifth at a 17-team meet at the Prairie View Golf Course in Brooten on Thursday.

Mehr earned a medal at the BBE Invite by placing fifth individually.

Sauk Centre (63) placed first among the boys' teams, followed by NL-S (80), Montevideo (84), Redwood Valley (117), and Paynesville (143).

running Sophomore Dugan Flanders was the second runner for the Dogs, finishing 19th overall. Senior Chris Utsch (28th), sophomore Peder Thompson (32nd), and ninth grader Chris Block (59th) completed the Dogs' team score.

Senior Chris Utsch sprints to the finish at the BBE invite on Thursday at the Prairie View Golf Course in Brooten. He finished 28th in 19:39.

Eighth grader Jamison Wall recorded a top ten finish in the junior varsity race, leading a strong contingent of Paynesville runners. He finished eighth overall.

According to coach Darrel Carstens, both teams improved from their first meet, and the runners are still developing and looking for more individual improvement.

This week, the Dogs will run at the NL-S meet on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Little Crow Golf Club between New London and Spicer.

Team Scores
1. Sauk Centre 63
2. NL-S 80
3. Montevideo 84
4. Redwood Valley 117
5. Paynesville 143
6. Litchfield 152
7. ACGC 209
8. Minnewaska 229
9. Buffalo Lake-Hector 258
10. Morris 261
11. St. John's Prep 295
12. Albany Inc.
13. BBE Inc.
14. BOLD Inc.
15. Holdingford Inc.
16. Renville County West Inc.
17. Wheaton Inc.

Individual Results
5. Matt Mehr 18:19
19. Dugan Flanders 19:04
28. Chris Utsch 19:39
32. Peder Thompson 19:44
59. Chris Block 21:27
70. A.J. Christian 23:30
77. Todd Thielen 23:39

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