The boy's varsity team was fourth out of six teams in beautiful weather conditions. All-conference medals were handed out to the top 14 runners. Paynesville had two all-conference runners: Dan Johnson and Andrew Heinen.
Johnson ran a great race, finishing in 11th place. He covered the flat, 5000- meter course in 17:38. Heinen finished in 13th place and also received all-conference honors. Congratulations to Dan Johnson and Andrew Heinen.
Doug Utsch came close to a medal with his 16th place finish. Luke Trees was 17th. The team's fifth runner was Ryan Louis in 22nd place.
Eighth grader Clayton Lang ran a super race and was the team's sixth runner in 23rd. He will be a good runner to watch in years to come. Senior Matt Jorgensen had an off-day and was 24th.
The Bulldogs competed in the sub-section race yesterday in Brooten. Look for a report of the races in next week's issue of the Press.
1) St. Cloud Cathedral, 47
2) Albany, 56
3) Sauk Centre, 75
4) Paynesville, 79
5) Long Prairie, 129
6) Litchfield, incomplete
11) Dan Johnson, 17:38
13) Andrew Heinen, 18:00
16) Doug Utsch, 18:07
17) Luke Trees, 18:08
22) Ryan Louis, 18:13
23) Clayton Lang, 18:21
24) Matt Jorgensen, 18:22
The junior varsity team was second at the conference meet.
Josh Frenchick led the junior varsity boys with a 9th place finish. Eric Werlinger was next in 11th place.
Chad Hollander finished on Werlinger's heels in 12th place. Ryan Flanders was next in 18th and Nathan Pelz was 23rd.
The junior high boys were victorious with first place.
Leading the charge was Eric Rausch in second place. He covered the two-mile course in 12:38. Eric Korman was next in for the Bulldogs in fourth place. Close behind Korman was Travis Flanders in fifth. Adam Utsch and Andrew Jones ran great races with 10th and 11th place finishes.
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