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Paynesville Press - September 28, 2005

Girls run ninth at Milaca behind state-rated teams

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs girls' cross country team recorded a top ten finish at the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday. The Dogs vied with the state's elite in the Class A race, finishing ninth at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Foley. Five of the eight teams to top the Dogs are rated in state.

The Dogs were led by ninth grader Linda Keller, who placed seventh overall and fifth in team scoring (which does not count runners from incomplete teams). Keller earned a trophy in her first big meet.

Junior Kacy Nehowig placed second for the Dogs and tenth in the team scoring. She ran her best race of the year so far, according to coach Darrel Carstens.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick was third for the Dogs, in 24th place in the team scoring.

Sophomore Melanie Koerner (109th) and ninth grader Kally Felling (121st) completed the Dogs' team score. Seventh grader Katie Weidner (124th) ran her first varsity race for the Dogs.

The Dogs (269) finished behind state-rated Sauk Centre (208), also a conference rival. St. Cloud Cathedral (197), both a conference and section rival, finished fifth.

In the junior varsity race, the Dogs finished 25th out of 105 teams. Placing for the Dogs were: ninth grader Kelsey Miller (109th), sophomore Tarin Beireis (119th); seventh grader Janice Boeck (133rd); sophomore Allie Wendroth (143rd); and junior Cary Schlick (163rd).

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.

Team Scores
1. Providence Academy 102
2. East Grand Forks 110
3. Visitation 143
4. Fairmont 163
5. Cathedral 197
6. Kingsland 199
7. Canby-Minneota-Lincoln-HI 200
8. Sauk Centre 208
9. Paynesville 269
10. Redwood Valley 275
11. United South Central 280
12. Mille Lacs 323
13. Esko 399
14. Delano 406
15. Minnhaha Academy 344
16. Pierz 375
17. Lake City 393
18. Esko 399
19. Delano 406
20. Minnesota Valley Lutheran 419
21. New London-Spicer 419
22. Concordia Academy 526
23. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 545
24. Mayer Lutheran 563
25. Blue Earth 602
(Plus 31 incomplete teams.)

Individual Results
5. Linda Keller 15:17
10. Kacy Nehowig 15:32
24. Kaitlyn Frenchick 16:04
109. Melanie Koerner 17:55
121. Kally Felling 18:25
124. Katie Weidner 18:35
134. Sheena Hoekstra 19:11

Pierz Stampede
Ninth grader Linda Keller and junior Kacy Nehowig recorded top-ten finishes, but the Dogs took 10th place, out of 22 teams, at the Pierz Stampede on Monday, Sept. 19.

The Dogs added this meet to their schedule this year because Pierz will host the section meet in October.

Keller was second, behind senior Beth Tacl, an All State runner for Cathedral, but beating her All State teammate, senior Libby Zupanc.

Nehowig ran ninth at the meet.

For the second meet in a row, the Dogs ran without sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick. Sophomore Melanie Koerner (53rd), sophomore Tarin Beireis (95th), and junior Kirsten Miller (100th) completed the Dogs' team score.

Coach Darrel Carstens said the Dogs were not pleased with their overall performance at this meet but ran a lot better at the Milaca Mega Meet on Saturday.

Team Scores
1. Brainerd 49
2. Crosby-Ironton 121
3. Cathedral 125
4. Annandale 167
5. Wadena-Deer Creek 168
6. Mille Lacs 174
7. Pierz 190
8. LPGE 214
9. Rockford 243
10. Paynesville 243
11. Litchfield 256
12. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 285
13. Pine City 291
14. Albany 299
15. Mora 314
16. St. John's Prep 355
(Plus six incomplete teams.)

Individual Results
2. Linda Keller 15:57
9. Kacy Nehowig 16:34
53. Melanie Koerner 18:33
95. Tarin Beireis 20:46
100. Kirsten Miller 21:30
106. Kally Felling 22:29

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