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Paynesville Press - September 19, 2001

Girls' team remains unbeaten

By Mandy Mayer

Kim Hess The Paynesville girls' cross country team took first place again last Thursday, beating the defending state champions NL-S Wildcats by 32 points once more.

This time, the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats on their home course, the Little Crow Golf Club between New London and Spicer. "This was a good win over a state-ranked team," said coach Darrel Carstens.

Freshman Kim Hess (pictured at left) was the surprise of the meet, taking second place right after her sister, Jen. Kim and Brooke Schmitz ran together almost the entire race, but in the end Hess sprinted ahead of Schmitz, who placed third.

Kacy Nehowig and Mandy Mayer also ran close together for the beginning part of the race, but about halfway through Nehowig started pulling away. She placed 12th, and Mayer placed 19th.

Nicole Flint was Paynesville's final runner. She placed 38th.

The Bulldogs beat NL-S 37 to 69. They also beat St. Cloud Cathedral, a key sectional rival, 37 to 91. The Crusaders, sixth in state last year, finished fourth.

Team Scores
1. Paynesville 37
2. NL-S 69
3. Willmar 75
4. Cathedral 91
5. Redwood Valley 141
6. Minnewaska 193
7. Annandale 198
8. BOLD 216
9. Renville County West 252
Morris Inc.
Litchfield Inc.

Individual Results
1. Jen Hess 14:17
2. Kim Hess 15:12
3. Brooke Schmitz 17:19
12. Kacy Nehowig 15:58
19 Mandy Mayer 16:36
38. Nicole Flint 17:36

LPGE Invitational
Despite the national tragedy, the Bulldogs ran great at the LPGE Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The Bulldogs swept the top three spots and had five runners in the top nine to win the meet, beating Sauk Centre by 12 points.

Senior Jen Hess had a great meet, winning the race by more than a minute. Brooke Schmitz was second, and Kim Hess was third, beating the fourth-place girl by seven seconds.

Kacy Nehowig had an outstanding race, placing seventh by holding off Sauk Centre's Marie Fiedler. Fiedler did squeeze in between Nehowig and Mandy Mayer, though, with Mayer taking ninth place.

Nicole Flint placed 17th right for the Bulldogs, finishing between runners from Litchfield and LPGE. Trisha Wendlandt was Paynesville's final runner. She put on a gutsy performance and placed 27th.

The Bulldogs' next meet is on Saturday, a break of eight days for the team. The girls will train hard this week. "We plan on a good week of training to help our development," said Carstens.

The Princeton meet - dubbed "the world's largest cross country meet" - is actually held in Milaca and starts at 9 a.m.

Team Scores
1. Paynesville 22
2. Sauk Centre 34
3. LPGE 82
Litchfield, BBE Inc.

Individual Results
1. Jen Hess 15:08
2. Brooke Schmitz 16:36
3. Kim Hess 16:42
7. Kacy Nehowig 17:43
9. Mandy Mayer 18:05
17. Nicole Flint 19:38
27. Trisha Wendlandt 25:07

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