Cross-country teams do well at BBE meet

This article submitted by Erin Aagesen and Dan Johnson on 9/9/97.

Girls Cross Country
The Paynesville girl's cross country team traveled to Brooten on Thursday, Sept. 4, for their second meet this year. Following the hot conditions and the tough course they had encountered during the previous meet, the flat course and calm weather at Brooten allowed the girls to run well. The varsity team placed high, taking home third place out of eleven teams.

Individually, sophomore Erin Aagesen came in first for the Bulldogs. She was followed by eighth grader Jenny Hess. Hess is new to cross country this year, but she has been running strong and has placed high at our first two meets this year.

Carin Frenchick and Tiffany Rausch, both sophomores, finished next. By running together, they helped encourage each other and produced some impressive times. They were followed closely by junior captain Camille Flanders, who ran a solid race.

Eighth graders Kelli Fenske and Mesa Frenchick were the next runners to cross the finish line. They ran well and have contributed a lot to this year's team. Regarding the 4000 meter course at Brooten, Fenske commented, "It was one of the easiest races because the course was flat."

Boys Cross Country
The Paynesville boy's cross country team made their trek to the Brooten golf course on a chilly and windy day with a few sprinkles of precipitation.

The young varsity team made a respectable showing among older and more experienced teams by placing fourth out of 12 teams.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was sophomore Luke Trees. He ran a great race, placing tenth, and crossing the finish line in 18:04. Luke was followed closely by senior Dan Johnson. Johnson finished twelfth in 18:08.

Paynesville freshman, Clayton Lang, came in 16th out of 73 runners. He'll be a runner to watch in the coming years.

Coming in fourth and fifth for the team were Colby Sheierl and freshman Adam Utsch. These two runners will be an important part of the team's success in the latter part of the season.

Sophomore Zach Spates and Junior Troy Wendlandt, placing 40 and 41, ran good races as well.

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