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Paynesville Press - October 19, 2005

Running trio earns All Conference honors

By Michael Jacobson

Ninth grader Linda Keller, sophomore Kaitlyn Frenchick, and junior Kacy Nehowig earned All Conference honors at the West Central Conference North cross country meet last week. All three placed in the top ten on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in St. Cloud. The top 14 earn All Conference honors.

Keller earned All Conference honors in her first year of cross country, placing second behind state-rated Beth Tacl, a senior All State runner from Cathedral. Keller has placed in the top ten in all seven meets she has run this fall, including top five finishes in her past six meets. It was her third runner-up finish this season.

Koerner Frenchick earned All Conference honors for the second year in a row by placing eighth overall (seventh in the team scoring). She was seventh last year.

Sophomore Mel Koerner was the Dogs' fifth runner at conference, finishing 37th overall.

Nehowig earned All Conference honors for the fifth straight year, tying former PAHS standout Jen Hess in earning All Conference honors five times in cross country. (Hess did not run cross country as a seventh grader and then earned All Conference honors five times.) Nehowig, who was tenth overall, ninth in the team scoring, has matched that mark and could break it next year.

This year, two new teams - New London-Spicer and Minnewaska - moved to the WCC North from the WCC South, as three new schools joined the WCC South. This meant seven teams competed in the WCC North meet this year instead of five.

Seventh grader Katie Weidner (36th) and sophomore Mel Koerner (37th) completed the Dogs' team scoring. Senior Sheena Hoekstra (39th) and seventh grader Janice Boeck (40th) also competed in the varsity race, with Boeck running on varsity for the first time.

Sauk Centre (41) edged St. Cloud Cathedral (67) for the team title, with New London-Spicer (78) third and the Dogs (91) fourth.

"We are looking forward to our next races," said coach Darrel Carstens. "We have run better. We need total team effort to keep moving up. The big meets are here, and we need to rise to the challenge."

The Dogs ran at subsections in Rockford on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The top four teams and top ten individuals will qualify for sections at Pierz on Thursday, Oct. 27, starting at 4 p.m., where the top two teams and top ten individuals will qualify for state.

Team Scores
1. Sauk Centre 41
2. St. Cloud Cathedral 67
3. New London-Spicer 78
4. Paynesville 91
5. LPGE 97
6. Albany 145
7. Minnewaska Inc.

Individual Results
2. Linda Keller 15:33
7. Kaitlyn Frenchick 16:17
9. Kacy Nehowig 16:39
36. Katie Weidner 18:52
37. Mel Koerner 19:15
39. Sheena Hoekstra 19:45
40. Janice Boeck 20:09

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