Track teams perform well

This article submitted by Nicole Orbeck, Josh Jones, David Johnson on 05/13/97.

Boys track. .
On May 6, the Bulldog boy's track team had their first meet with good weather at Benson. All of the previous meets were either too cold or too windy.

With high hopes, the boys reached their goal of placing in the top three, with 136 points, and lost narrowly to Litchfield, a talented team.

Highlights of the meet were: the 3200-meter relay team where the boys took first by a long shot. They also broke their previously established record by over 20 seconds. The 1600-meter relay team also took first, winning by 1.5 seconds with solid running from all members.

The next meet on the Paynesville boy's track team agenda is the West Central Conference meet on Thursday, May 15, at Paynesville.

Paynesville Invitational
On Monday, May 5, Paynesville hosted their third track meet of the season, taking first with 95 points. There wasnít much competition, with only four teams at the meet.

Girls track. . .
The girls track team participated in three events this past week. Although they didn't finish on top every meet, they did condition themselves in preparation for conference to be held this Thursday in Paynesville.

On Monday, Paynesville hosted a five-school meet, despite the cloudiness and extreme winds. Teams participating in the meet were: Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Dassel-Cokato, Paynesville, Waconia, and Watertown-Mayer, with team scores of 32, 68, 125, 64, and 57, respectively.

The team scored 76 points from running events and 49 points in field events.

Ten second place finishes and three first place finishes greatly contributed to the high score of the meet. Several personal bests were also achieved.

Benson Invitational
On Tuesday, the team traveled to Benson to participate in an eight-school meet. The girls finished second with 134 points, only eight points behind NL-S.

Paynesville received the most points from the high jump. All three of Paynesvilleís jumpers scored. This event alone scored Paynesville 19 points.

Paynesville hosts the West Central Conference, Thursday, May 15. Prelims start at 4:00, and finals, beginning with the 3200-meter relay, begin at 5:10.

The girl's conference title is wide open between Long Prairie, Cathedral, Litchfield and Paynesville. Winning this meet would be a great finish to a terrific season.

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