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Bulldogs end season with strong efforts. Girls set two more records.

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The NKB Bulldog track and field season came to a close in Crookston June 5. The Bulldogs took 14 athletes to compete in the Section 8A track and field meet held at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and as they have done all season, the athletes gave great efforts again.

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Fifteen athletes competed in each event hailing from 26 different teams located all over the Northwest corner of the state.

Not everyone came away from the meet as successful as they may have wanted, but there was no shortage energy expended. The coaches again finished feeling good that all the athletes had again worked hard gave their best efforts.

Freshman Keith Shaughnessy began the day in the high jump. Being at the section meet, the jumping began at 5'3" instead of the usual 5'0".

Shaughnessy struggled with his jump and made corrections each time but just clipped the bar on his third attempt failing to advance any further tying for 13.

Next to compete was another freshman, Carrie Carrigan in the shot put. Carrigan, as did most of the girl shot putters, also struggled with her form and was not able to straighten it out and ended up 12th with a put of 26'10.5'.

In the prelims of the boys 110m hurdles, the Bulldogs had two entrants. Senior Josh RedDay ran first but caught his foot on the seventh hurdle and almost fell. Despite the pain, he gathered himself and finished the races. Sophomore Tyler Hughes went next and tied his personal best to take 14th in 21.18.

The girls 4x800m relay team took the track next. Sophomore Danielle Nistler, seventh grader Jeanette Frenzel, freshman Katey Lutz and sophomore Kayla Olson all ran their best splits of the season. The combined effort dropped 21 seconds of their best time and moved them up one spot as they reached the awards podium and recieved the sixth place medals for their 11:39.06 effort. Not only that, they also set a new Bulldog record for the event. The old mark of 10:48 set by Brooke Andler, Melanie Ripley, Jessie Lorenzen and Dawn Holman and had stood since 1997.

Meanwhile, junior Cathy Frenzel and freshman Tristan Williams were competing in the triple jump. Both athletes continued to work on their form and technique throughout the competition. Williams again cleared 35 feet to take 13th with a 35'2.5" effort. She soared well into the pit on two jumps that were near 32 feet but scratched by mere inches. She did mark with a 29'3" jump to place 12th.

With the field events completed, the Bulldogs concentrated on the track for the rest of the day. In the 1600m run, the Bulldogs again had two competitors. Olson ran for the girls team and started strong placing herself in the top five early in the race. She continued the quick pace and was able to hold on for eighth place with her season best time of 5:47.52 and earned a trip to the podium for the second time in the meet.

Freshman Caleb Schneider also ran the 1600m. He started out in 15th place and was forced to fight his way up through the pack. Despite being boxed in two times, he reached sixth place by the end of lap two. He was visibly struggling through the last two laps as all the aches and pains of his last growth spurt became evident. He was able to finish the race with his second best run of the year in 4:53.91 and in eighth race and earning is first trip to the section podium in two years.

In the 300m hurdles, the Bulldogs again sent two athletes to the line. RedDay ran his second race of the day and freshman Tyler Dobmeier also competed. RedDay ran an almost identical time to last week (49.79) while Dobmeier cut 0.75 seconds (49.59) to place 13th and 12th respectively.

Schneider returned to the track an hour later to compete in the 800m. The discomfort continued as he ran a dissapointing 2:23 to take 13th.

The meet and season concluded as two more Bulldogs ran in the girls 3200m. Junior Samantha Hendrickson and freshman Justine Frenzel both looked to improve their times in the sun and humidity of the late afternoon. They both did exactly that. Frenzel took over 21 seconds off last weeks time to finish 14th. Hendrickson had the Bulldog team record in sight and went out to break the mark. By the end of the race, the Bulldogs had a new 3200m record owner as Hedrickson ran a 13:24.1 to place 11th and break the mark of 13:53.0 held by Juanita Friesen since 2002.

In the team scores, the Bulldog girls earned four points to place 19th while the boys scored one point for 23rd.

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