Boys track: Broke school records at indoor meet

This article submitted by Josh Jones and Dan Johnson on 3/24/98.

The Paynesville Area High School boys track team competed in its first track meet of the 1998 season on Saturday, March 21.

The team spent its first two weeks of practice trying to get in shape. As a result, the team had a good showing at the Sartell indoor meet held at St. Cloud State University.

In the first event of the meet, the 4 by 800-relay team ran a great race and won. The team, made up of Voss, Trees, Lang, and Johnson, set the school record in the event at 8 minutes and 55.4 seconds, which is only a few seconds slower than the time Paynesville ran at sections (outdoor) last year.

The second school record set was in the 800-meter run. Dan Johnson won a close race and in doing so shattered the indoor 800-meter record. He took over six seconds off the previous mark by running a 2:05.3 (The record was previously held by Ryan Louis with a time of 2:11.4 in 1996).

The third victory of the afternoon for the Bulldogs was in the 4 by 400-meter relay. This race was very close to record setting. The team of Johnson, Voss, Trees, and Rausch finished only half of a second slower than the school record time. The team ran a great 3:46.0.

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