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Paynesville Press - September 20, 2006

Girls suffer first loss,
run with state-rated teams

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville girls' cross country team was beaten for the first time this fall, finishing fourth at the Little Crow Invite, hosted by New London-Spicer, on Thursday.

Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd - led by senior Nikki Swenson, a past cross country individual medalist and twice an individual runner-up - won the meet with 77 points. LQPV/D-B finished eighth at state last year.

Kacy Nehowig running Canby (94) was second, and Paynesville and New London-Spicer tied at 109, with the Wildcats taking third on a tiebreaker, leaving the Dogs in fourth.

"We ran OK but looked a little tired," said coach Darrel Carstens. "The season is geared for later meets, and we will be ready."

Senior Kacy Nehowig finished in the top ten at the Little Crow Invite, hosted by New London-Spicer, on Thursday. She ran second for the Dogs.

"LQPV/D-B was eighth at state last year, and they have everyone back, and we feel we can run with them," added Carstens.

Swenson won the race, with sophomore Linda Keller finishing second for the Dogs. Swenson's younger sister, sophomore Kelly, took third. Keller has now finished first twice and second once in three races this fall.

Senior Kacy Nehowig also earned a medal by finishing tenth overall.

Senior Tanis Beireis finished 13th, and sophomore Bri Jaeger finished 25th. Senior Kirsten Miller completed the Dogs' team score by finishing 59th.

The Dogs ran the race without junior Kaitlyn Frenchick.

This week, the Dogs ran at Pierz (which will host the section meet again this fall) on Monday.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs will run at the mega-meet in Foley, starting at 9 a.m.

Team Scores
1. Lac Qui Parle Valley/D-B 77
2. Canby 94
3. New London-Spicer 109
4. Paynesville 109
5. Redwood Valley 123
6. Minnewaska 131
7. Benson 177
8. St. Cloud Cathedral 191
9. Yellow Medicine East 213
10. Renville County West 265
11. BOLD 268
12. Morris 313
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Individual Results
2. Linda Keller 16:04
10. Kacy Nehowig 17:20
13. Tanis Beireis 17:48
25. Bri Jaeger 18:30
59. Kirsten Miller 20:28
72. Allie Wendroth 24:03
73. Shanna Hoekstra 24:57

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