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Paynesville Press - October 10, 2001

Dogs aim to peak as playoffs near

By Riley Flanders

Freddie Stock The Paynesville boys' cross country team ran in Becker on Monday, Oct. 1, on the same course that they will run for the section meet. The Bulldogs ran to another second place finish, scoring 59 points. Crosby-Ironton, a sectional rival, edged the Dogs by scoring 53.

"We can run better," said coach Darrel Carstens. "We weren't mentally tough as a team."

"I'm confident in the team, as we have trained hard and we have the abilities needed to be champions," he added.

Senior Dan Pearson ran another excellent race, finishing fourth overall. Senior Scott Thompson continued his rebound from injury and was the second Paynesville runner across the finish line, coming in 11th with a time of 18:11.

Trailing Thompson by six seconds was junior Riley Flanders in 12th place. Senior Jesse Rien came in one second after Flanders. Rien finished in 14th even though he ran while sick.

Junior Freddie Stock (pictured at left) continued to run very well, finishing in 18th place with a time of 18:35. Next in for the Dogs was senior Jamie Wendlandt, who finished two places behind Stock in 20th. Paynesville's seventh runner was sophomore Chad Wyffels in 35th.

The Dogs have now finished their regular season schedule and will move on to the conference meet in Albany on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The team had some difficulties during the regular season but hope to put everything together for the last meets of the season. "This group has a lot of talent. They need to expect their best," said Carstens.

Team Scores
1. Crosby-Ironton 53 2. Paynesville 59
3. Albany 80
4. Big Lake 104
5. Pierz 114
6. Delano 128
7. Holdingford 163
8. Becker 163
9. EV-W/Kimball Inc.

Individual Results
4. Dan Pearson 17:03
11. Scott Thompson 18:11
12 Riley Flanders 18:17
14. Jesse Rien 18:18
18. Freddie Stock 18:35
20. Jamie Wendlandt 18:51
35. Chad Wyffels 20:05

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