Girls end season with a 58-4 record

This article submitted by Courtney Karsch on 6/16/98.

The Paynesville girlís track team finished their season with a winning record for the 10th consecutive year. The team had a 58-4 record and a .935 winning percentage.

The girls team won the following championships: Paynesville Invite, Paynesville Invitational, Koronis Invitational, New London-Spicer, Optimist Meet in Willmar, Long Prairie Invitational, Benson Invitational, West Central Conference for the second time and Sub-Section 20 for the third consecutive year.

The team won all their meets except True Team, which is one of the biggest competitions all year long.

The tracksters held their annual track banquet at Veteranís Memorial Park on Tuesday, June 2. The awards were selected and voted on by the girls team and their coaches. The awards were given to the following:

Most Valuable Player: Tiffany Rausch (this is her third MVP award)

Most Improved: Carin Frenchick

Hardest Worker: Jenny Hess

TEAM: Paula Leyendecker
All 22 girls were letterwinners.
The girls had an excellent year. It was probably one of the best years in Paynesville girlís track history. To add to the great season, many records were broken. They are as follows:

Outdoor records set in 1998:
Tiffany Rausch: 40-meter dash, 58.93

Indoor records set in 1998:
Krysta Larson: Pole vault, 6í6Ē
Carin Frenchick, Jenny Hess, Paula Leyendecker and Erin Aagesen: 3200-meter relay, 10:24.90
Tiffany Rausch: 400-meter dash, 1:01.9
Jenny Hess, Erin Aagesen, Paula Leyendecker and Tiffany Rausch: 1600-meter relay, 4:35.5

Tiffany Rausch, Gina Benson, Paula Leyendecker and Amber Michaelis were selected captians for the 1999 season.

The team lost two seniors this year to graduation, Sara Spanier and Teresa Rodriguez. They have contributed to the teams success with their leadership and positive example shown to their teammates. They will really be missed next season. They have been a part of three sub-section championships and one West Central Conference Championship team.

ďThis team was the best team I have ever coached. The team had so much talent. We were really a deep team in terms of depth. They could score points in all 18 track events and this displayed their excellent balance in the team scoring. I really enjoyed coaching this group of girls. I really look forward to next season with 20 returning letter-winners. Again, we will have a very good team,Ē coach Dave Rangaard said.

The girls team ended up being ranked #1 in the area in the final rankings.

Look for the Paynesville girlís track team in the Town and Country Days Parade.

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