Track: Girls win again! Boys place 5th at Willmar

This article submitted by Courtney Karsch, Josh Jones, Dan Johnson on 4/28/98.

The girls track team won the Optimist Meet in Willmar on Thursday, April 23. This was the first time ever that Paynesville has won this sort of meet. The Wednesday before the meet, the track honor roll comes out, and Willmar was ranked ahead of Paynesville. Not for long!

Team scoring:
Paynesville - 162
Willmar- 35.5
Atwater-Grove City- 106
Marshall- 78
New-London Spicer- 71
LQPV- 69
Montevideo- 57
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa- 15

The 3200-meter relay team had their best time ever with 10:30.5 which gave them a fifth place finish.

In the 100-meter dash, both Tiffany Rausch and Courtney Karsch earned their personal best. Rausch ran a 13.01 and Karsch ran a 13.32.

In the mile, Jenny Hess received her all time best so far this year with a time of 5:27.33.

Again, Rausch did a great job in the 400-meter dash when she broke the school record, not to mention her old record, with a time of 59.94. She also got her personal best in the 200-meter dash when she ran a 26.90.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Desi Petkoff also earned herself a personal best with a time of 51.00. She received a first place.

Again, Hess received her personal best in the 800-meter run. She earned first with a time of 2:27.38.

In the field events, Gina Benson, jumped her personal best of 5í3Ē. She also jumped her personal best in the triple jump with 31í0Ē.

Camille Flanders won the pole vault with a jump of 7í6Ē. She now ties the school record. Teresa Rodriquez threw the discus 98í5Ē.

ď The girls won for the first time ever. We had a lot of second places but have never beaten Willmar,Ē said coach Dave Randgaard about winning the meet.
ďThis was just a great performance by the team. We came into the meet thinking we could beat Willmar, but we hadnít done it yet,Ē replied Randgaard.

Boys track,
On Thursday, April 23, the Paynesville Bulldogs boyís track team traveled to their most competitive meet so far this year at the Willmar Optimist Meet. The boys ran a lot of personal best times and set two school records.

In the first race of the day, the 3200- meter relay, the Bulldog team took second to a very fast Willmar team. The Bulldogs ran 8:31.23 to break a school record by a little more than two seconds.

Troy Wendlandt took first in the 110- meter high hurdles while running a personal best of 16.24.

The second relay of the meet for the Paynesville tracksters ended with another broken school record.

Dan Johnson took first place in a very competitive 800-meter race. He achieved a personal best time of 2:00.83.

The Bulldogs had a third strong relay at the Optimist meet. The team ran their fastest time of the year. Their finishing time was 3:34.64, good enough for second place and good enough to be one of the best times in the area.

Team standings
Willmar- 182.0
Marshall- 121.5
ACGC- 116.5
NL-S- 92.5
Paynesville- 75.5
Montevideo- 75.5
LQPV- 22.0
BBE- 10.5

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