PHS girls track team remains undefeated after six meets

This article submitted by Courtney Karsch on 5/6/98.

The Paynesville girl's track team had two meets last week. On Tuesday, April 28, they went to Long Prairie and on Friday, May 1, had a meet at home.

First, the girls headed over to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and ran an excellent meet. They went into the meet hoping for a third place. They knew Long Prairie was the West Central Conference champions last year and even with the absence of a couple girls, they still won.

Jenny Hess remains undefeated in the mile run and is still receiving excellent times. She also got first in the two-mile with a time of 12:24.

At every meet, the pole vaults improve a little more. Camille Flanders took first with a jump of 8'. Close behind her, in third place was Sara Spanier with a jump of 7'6".

In the shot put, Teresa Rodriquez won it with a throw of 31'10.5".

Amber Michaelis definitely did her share for the team. She earned first place in both the long jump and high jump. In the long jump, she jumped 15'9" and in the high jump, 5'4" (a personal best).

This was the first chance to see Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, the returning WCC champions, and we beat them on their home track.

Team scores were:
Paynesville - 140
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 132
Litchfield - 100
Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale - 74
Browerville - 49
Sauk Centre - 48
USA - 15

Paynesville Invitational
The girls track team won their seventh straight meet by a margin of 34 points. This was a small meet compared to normal, so the competition wasn't as high. Again, the Paynesville girls dominated at home.

The 3200-meter relay team had an excellent start for the meet by getting first place. The members were: Frenchick, Bollman, Kolb and Leyendecker.

In the 100-meter dash, Rausch and Karsch both received their personal bests. They earned a first and a third place finish for the team. Rausch ran a 12.8 and Karsch a 13.2.

All three of the milers did a great job by earning first, second and third. Hess ran a 5:27, Aagesen, 5:46, and Bollman a 6:06.

Hess ran her personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24. She still remains undefeated in all her races. What an outstanding season for an eighth grader!

Again, Rausch and Karsch are close together in the 200-meter dash. Rausch earned first with a time of 27.4 and Karsch third with a 28.9. The team scored a total of 81 points just in the running events.

The pole vaulters seem to rotate first place every meet. Spanier got first at this meet with a jump of 7'6" and Flanders was right behind her in fourth place. She jumped a 7'6" also.

"We won nine events and had numerous second and third places to help our team scoring. This was a 'fun' meet and the girls continue to perform at a very high level. We are undefeated so far this season and the girls have 'something special' going for them, but we must continue to work hard and get better as the season progresses, commented Coach Dave Randgaard.

Team scores were:
Paynesville - 111
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City - 77.5
Litchfield - 57
Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball - 21.5

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