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|Paynesville Press - September 26, 2001|
Dogs take fifth at Princeton
The rain, cold, and mud didn't stop the Paynesville boys' cross country team from running on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Princeton Invitational in Milaca.|
The Princeton meet is known as the biggest high school cross country meet in the world. The meet is divided into three divisions (A,AA,andAAA). The Bulldogs competed in Class A, which had 40 teams alone .
The Bulldogs, the defending champions of the Class A race at Princeton, ran to a fifth-place finish this year, matching their fifth-place ranking in the state.
Canby-Lincoln-Minneota, rated third in Class A in the state, won the meet, followed by Staples-Motley, ranked first. St. Cloud Cathedral, rated only 12th, took third, and Plainview, rated second, took fourth.
Coach Darrel Carstens said the Bulldogs can do even better against state-rated competition. "We had a tough week of training and looked tired. We are definitely better and will move forward," he said. "We belong with the top in the state, and I'm confident."
The meet was won by Pat Lehmann of Plainview in 16:09.
Senior Dan Pearson led the Bulldogs once again. He took 13th with a time of 16:55.
Senior Jesse Rien ran the sloppy course in 17:30, which put him in 31st. Eleven seconds later, junior Riley Flanders (pictured above right) crossed the finish line in 39th.
Juniors Tommy Flannigan and Freddie Stock ran very close again, finishing just one second apart. Flannigan came in 74th. Stock increased his speed the whole race to end up just a second behind Flannigan in 75th.
Senior Scott Thompson ran his first race after taking some time off due to a knee injury. Thompson finished in 81st. Thompson has not been able to train fully yet and should only improve as the year goes on.
Also braving the bad weather was senior Jamie Wendlandt, who finished 135th.
The team now has an idea of where they're at and is setting goals for the rest of the season. "The key is Cathedral," said Carstens. "As a section rival we need to rise up to them and meet the challenge."
"This team has worked hard and we'll put this to the test in the coming weeks as we move forward," Carstens added.
The Bulldogs have their only home meet on Thursday at the Koronis Hills Golf Course.
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