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|Paynesville Press - September 28, 2005|
Bulldogs finish in top third at Milaca Mega Meet
The Bulldogs boys' cross country team placed 18th, out of 56 total teams, at the Milaca Mega Meet, held at the Stone Creek Golf Course in Foley on Saturday.|
Conference rival St. Cloud Cathedral, now ranked #1 in the state, won the Class A meet. Six state-rated teams finished in the top ten at the meet, formerly held in Princeton and then Milaca.
The Dogs placed 18th, 40 points behind conference rival Sauk Centre in 14th.
The Dogs ran in three packs on Saturday. Junior Dugan Flanders (58th) and ninth grader Jonathan Kerzman (61st) finished three seconds apart; ninth graders Jamison Wall (113th) and Josh Sturtz (118th) finished five seconds apart; and junior Peder Thompson (140th) and ninth grader Nathan Friederichs (149th) finished 11 seconds apart, with sophomore Chris Block (157th) another ten seconds back.
A highlight for the Dogs was their seventh-grade team taking fifth place out of more than 100 schools. Tanner Wendroth led the way with a third-place finish, earning a trophy, followed by Trevor Spanier (14th), Zach Friederichs (29th), Mitchell Meed (30th), Devon Koerner (49th), Brandon Blonigen (50th), Donovan Lura (57th), and Joachim Speldrich (58th) in team scoring.
In other races, ninth grader Ezra Thompson finished 51st out of 156 ninth grade runners. And, among 175 eighth-grade runners, Kohl Nehowig was 29th, Donald Neu 64th, David Ruprecht 90th, and Mark Anderson 152nd.
This week, the Dogs will host their only home meet of the season on Thursday at Koronis Hills. Thirteen teams are expected, with the schedule as follows: boys junior high at 4:30 p.m.; girls junior high at 4:35 p.m.; boys varsity at 4:50 p.m.; boys junior varsity at 5:15 p.m.; girls varsity at 5:40 p.m.; and girls junior varsity at 6 p.m.
Coach Darrel Carstens said the Dogs were not pleased with their overall performance at this meet but ran a lot better on Saturday.
Flanders and Kerzman finished one place apart, in 46th and 47th, to lead the Dogs again.
Peder Thompson, Wall, and Sturtz completed the Dogs' team score by finishing consecutively (80th, 81st, and 82nd respectively). Only one second separated the trio of runners.
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