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|Paynesville Press - September 27, 2006|
Girls run sixth at Milaca Mega Meet
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.
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.
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