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Paynesville Press - September 27, 2006

Girls run sixth at Milaca Mega Meet

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs girls' cross country team - led by a third-place finish from sophomore Linda Keller - finished sixth out of 49 teams in the Class A race at the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday in Foley.

In wet, windy conditions, Keller finished in the top five in the race, which featured over 220 runners, for the second year in a row. Last year, she was fifth; this year, she improved to third. She finished behind two state-rated runners, but also defeated two state-rated runners from Adrian.

Adrian, the defending Class A state champions, dominated the meet by placing five runners in the top ten and scoring 30 points. They are rated #1 in Class A.

Providence Academy (62), which placed sixth at state last year and is rated fourth this year, finished second. Fairmont (104), ninth last year and rated eighth this year, finished third.

The Dogs (187) were edged by Bowman, N.D., (183) for fifth.

Following Keller, the Dogs had a pack of runners finish within 20 seconds. Senior Kacy Nehowig was 37th, junior Kaitlyn Frenchick returned to the lineup and finished 43rd, senior Tanis Beireis was 50th, and sophomore Bri Jaeger com-pleted the Dogs' team score in 54th.

"The girls ran quite well to finish sixth in this huge meet," said coach Darrel Carstens. "We had a nice pack after Linda, which really helps to make us a good team. When this pack is at its prime towards the end of the season, we will become a great team."

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.

Team Scores
1. Adrian 30
2. Providence Academy 62
3. Fairmont 104
4. Visitation 112
5. Bowman (N.D.) 183
6. Paynesville 187
7. Lake City 223
8. Mora 249
9. Esko 272
10. Mille Lacs 278
11. Redwood Valley 352
12. New London-Spicer 358
13. Holy Family Catholic 390
14. Pierz 391
15. New Salem 420
16. Byron 459
17. Cook County/Silver Bay 461
18. St. Cloud Cathedral 470
19. Delano 496
20. Concordia Academy 497
21. Hills Beaver Creek/Ellsworth 534
22. Mankato Loyola 569
23. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 635
24. Pine City 668
25. Trinity River Ridge 686
26. Blue Earth 705
27. Morris Area 738
28. Mayer Lutheran 748
29. Sleepy Eye/St. Mary's 767
30. Blooming Prairie 779
(19 teams incomplete)

Individual Results
3. Linda Keller 15:24
37. Kacy Nehowig 16:48
43. Kaitlyn Frenchick 16:57
50. Tanis Beireis 17:03
54. Bri Jaeger 17:06
139. Kirsten Miller 19:22
173. Allie Wendroth 22:36

Pierz Meet
The Bulldogs ran sixth out of 27 teams at the Pierz Meet on Monday, Sept. 18. The Section 5A meet will be held on this course in October.

Sophomore Linda Keller led the Dogs with another top-five finish, finishing fourth.

Senior Kacy Nehowig also finished in the top ten, running eighth for the Dogs.

Senior Tanis Beireis finished 19th for the Dogs.

"We had three in the top 20, which is where we need to be," said coach Darrel Carstens. "In a meet this size, we showed we can be front runners and compete with the best in the state. With most section teams at the meet, we feel we can compete."

Sophomore Bri Jaeger (72nd) and senior Kirsten Miller (124th) completed the Dogs' team score.

Team Scores
1. Brainerd 76
2. Staples-Motley 82
3. Albany 113
4. Wadena-Deer Creek 165
5. Onamia 193
6. Mora 202
7. Paynesville 227
8. Pierz 238
9. Litchfield 243
10. Little Falls 251
11. EV-W/Kimball 285
12. St. Cloud Cathedral 301
13. Maple Lake 320
14. Annandale 333
15. LPGE 375
16. Pine City 409
17. Rockford 415
18. Hinckley-Finlayson 551
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Milaca Inc.
Mille Lacs Inc.
Princeton Inc.
Royalton Inc.
St. John's Prep Inc.

Individual Results
4. Linda Keller 15:45
8. Kacy Nehowig 16:20
19. Tanis Beireis 16:50
72. Bri Jaeger 18:22
124. Kirsten Miller 20:36

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