The 1997 girl's track team started the season ranked sixth in the state by the track coaches association. The girls practiced hard and competed with their best efforts, supporting and encouraging each other in a positive manner, which really showed in their performances. Even coaches from other teams commented how competitive the Paynesville girls were.
The Paynesville girl's track team took the following championships: St. John's Indoor meet, Paynesville Invitational, Koronis Invitational, and Sub-Section 20 Championship for the third year.
Second place finishes: Paynesville Invitational, Optimist Meet, Benson Invitational, and West Central Conference.
The Paynesville tracksters held their annual track banquet, basically, a review of the season. Awards were selected and voted on by the girl's team and coaches. All 17 girl's track members were letter winners.
Award winners were:
Team: Nicole Orbeck, Paula Leyendecker
Hardest Worker: Erin Aagesen
Most Improved: Melissa Winter
Most Valuable: Tiffany Rausch
Outdoor record set: Tiffany Rausch, 400-meter dash, 1:01.48.
Sara Spanier, Gina Benson, Amber Michaelis, and Paula Leyendecker were also selected as captains for the 1998 track season.
The team lost three seniors this year. Steph Tangen, Nicole Orbeck, and Amanda Lieser greatly contributed to the success of the track program, providing outstanding leadership as team captains, and graduating with the distinction of the most successful senior class over their track career.
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