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|Paynesville Press - September 27, 2006|
Boys finish 19th at mega meet
The Paynesville boys' cross country team placed 19th out of 48 Class A teams at the Milaca Mega Meet, held in Foley on Saturday.|
Running in windy and rainy conditions, the Dogs ran in the top 40 percent at the meet, which featured six teams rated in the top ten in the state in Class A.
Adrian, rated sixth in Class A, won the meet with 156 points, followed by tenth-rated Eveleth-Gilbert (175), fifth-rated Fairmont (188), and eighth-rated St. Cloud Cathedral (227).
The Dogs finished in 19th place, between Kingsland (441) in 18th and Pierz (506) in 20th.
Senior Dugan Flanders led the Dogs by running in 67th place, improving his time at the mega meet by over one minute.
Eighth grader Tanner Wendroth was next for the Dogs, finishing in 74th place. He was the highest finishing eighth grader in the Class A varsity race, beating an eighth grader from Cathedral by a half second.
Sophomore Josh Sturtz (106th), sophomore Ezra Thompson (112th), and ninth grader Kohl Nehowig (125th) completed the Dogs' team score. Nearly 250 runners competed in the Class A boys' varsity race.
"The boys' average time of 18:51 is a good move upward," said coach Darrel Carstens. "We had some personal bests and overall an improvement for the team. We are progressing."
Ninth graders David Ruprecht (100th), Donald Neu (124th), and Mark Anderson (142nd) ran in the 4,000-meter ninth grade race, which featured more than 160 runners.
Eighth graders Trevor Spanier (89th) and Devon Koerner (142nd) ran in the 3,200-meter eighth grade race, with over 170 runners.
Seventh graders Patrick Hoeft (13th) and Donovan Lura (97th) ran in the 3,200-meter seventh grade race with over 150 runners.
This week, the Dogs will host a home meet at Koronis Hills Golf Course on Thursday. The meet starts at 4:30 p.m. with the junior high boys; at 4:45 p.m. the junior high girls will run; at 5 p.m. the varsity boys will run; at 5:25 p.m. the junior varsity boys will run; at 5:55 p.m. the varsity girls will run; and at 6:20 p.m. the junior varsity girls will run.
Senior Dugan Flanders led the Dogs by finishing 26th, followed by eighth grader Tanner Wendroth in 41st. Sophomore Ezra Thompson (65th), sophomore Josh Sturtz (89th), and senior Elliott Wall (95th) - returning to the varsity lineup - completed the Dogs' team score.
"The boys at the top had decent times and some personal bests, but the pack following them has to move up," said coach Darrel Carstens. "Five of the teams ahead of us have been state ranked, so the competition was tough, but we have to do better to get towards the top."
A highlight for the Dogs was their junior varsity team finishing seventh out of 26 teams.
Junior Varsity Results
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