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Paynesville Press - October 17, 2001

Cathedral tops the Bulldogs again

By Riley Flanders

The Paynesville boys' cross country team was unable to defend its conference title. St. Cloud Cathedral topped the Bulldogs at the West Central Conference North meet at Albany on Thursday.

The Crusaders ran very well, and the Dogs were unable to stick with them. It was not the way Paynesville hoped to start off the postseason. "Cathedral ran very well, and we will keep them in our sights," said coach Darrel Carstens.

Cathedral, rated third in state, easily won the meet with 36 points, which was 29 points better than Paynesville. The Bulldogs are still rated fifth in the state in Class A.

Paynesville was followed by Albany, Sauk Centre, LPGE, and Litchfield. Will Enns of LPGE was the individual winner.

Senior Dan Pearson earned All-Conference honors, finishing in fourth place. Pearson ran well but knows he can run a few spots higher.

Senior Jesse Rien ran one of his best races of the year, coming in fifth place and earning All-Conference honors as well. Rien's improvement has come just in time for the postseason.

Both Pearson and Rien earned All-Conference honors for the second straight year. They both placed in the top ten at the conference meet as juniors as well.

Paynesville's third runner was senior Scott Thompson. Thompson came in 16th, just missing All-Conference recognition by two spots. Thompson was followed by junior Riley Flanders, who took 18th.

Junior Freddie Stock ran another good race for the Dogs, coming in 22nd. Stock has run consistently well for the team this year.

Junior Tommy Flannigan ran very well early in the race but struggled a little in the second half and finished 26th. Senior Jamie Wendlandt finished five seconds behind Flannigan in 30th place.

The team hopes that their experience on the course will help them this week during the subsection meet. The subsection meet was held at Albany on Tuesday on the same course on the high school grounds.

The Bulldogs been running well but believe they can do much better. "We've trained hard and the goals are there for us," said Carstens.

After subsections, the Bulldogs will have nine days for training before the section meet at Becker on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The Paynesville junior varsity ran well and took second in the conference.

Team Scores
1. Cathedral 36
2. Paynesville 65
3. Albany 96
4. Sauk Centre 101
5. LPGE 103
6. Litchfield 107

Individual Results
4. Dan Pearson 17:43
5. Jesse Rien 17:45
16. Scott Thompson 18:28
18. Riley Flanders 18:33
22. Freddie Stock 18:48
26. Tommy Flannigan 19:01
30. Jamie Wendlandt 19:06

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