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Bulldogs travel north to escape the snow and cold -- Nistler ties team record in long jump

The Bulldogs track team had to decide to either travel south to Walker or north to Baudette to compete May 2. Fortunately, the decision to go north was a good one. While Walker was forced to cancel due to inclement weather, the Bulldogs were able to compete under partly cloudy skies although the very strong winds prevented and great running times.

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Junior Paul Nistler used the opportunity to jump to his advantage. In only the second meet of the year, he made it into the record books with an 18'-1" long jump. He tied the record, now co-held by Gary Buentemeier. The leap also placed Nistler second in the event.

Despite no first place finishes, the boys did record several seconds. In addition to Nistler's long jump, Jonny Bennett placed second in the high jump, Nathan Peterson-Menefee threw 111' for second in the discus, and the 4x200 meter relay team of Kyle Kennedy, Nistler, Peterson-Menefee and Bennett sprinted to second.

Other places earned by the boys included a fifth place finish in the 4x800 meter relay team of Kennedy, Josh Scafe, Chester Powell and Cody Graupmann.

Kennedy, Scafe, Powell, and Nistler teamed up for a fourth place finish in the 4x100 while the 4x400 relay team of Butch Strand, Powell, Peterson-Menefee and Bennett ran to a third place finish.

Rod Nehl broke 60 seconds for the first time and placed fifth in the 400 meter dash. Bennett followed with tough run but a third in the 800 meter. Nistler completed his day with a fifth place finish in the 200 meter.

Two Bulldogs ran in the 3200 meter. Scafe and Brandon Schmid both placed, Scafe took fifth and Schmid took sixth. Schmid also won sixth in the triple jump while Tony Rossberg took sixth in the shot put.

The girls' team was lead by their relays. Daytona Knaeble, Amanda Drewek, Tonya Weidenborner and Kayla Olson teamed up for third place finished in both the 4x800 meter and the 4x400 meter relays. The 4x200 relay team of Sarah Notsch, Trista Weidenborner, Kaitlyn Leen and Kami Imdieke placed fifth.

Individually, Olson ran a 2:54 800 meter to place fourth. Drewek broke the 60-second mark in the 300 meter hurdles to place fifth.

As a team, the boys finished fourth behind West Marshall, Warroad and Clearbrook-Gonvick. The girls finished fifth behind Warroad, Lake of the Woods, West Marshall and Clearbrook-Gonvick.

Bulldogs compete at Section 8A True Team meet

May 6 provided a beautiful day -- little wind, warm temps, partly sunny -- for a track meet. The Bulldogs put up some of their best performances of the season at Bemidji State University as they competed in the Section 8A True Team meet.

The True Team meet is scored very differently from all the other meets. In this meet, every place is scored from first to last. Each school can enter only two people per event and one relay team.

To calculate the scores, the number of schools is multiplied by two for individual events and by three for relays. Points are then given for all the places. For this meet, 14 teams competed so a first place finish in an individual event was worth 28 points, second 27, third 26 and so on. In the relays, first was worth 42, second worth 39, third 36 all the way down to 14th which was worth three.

The boys placed well in many of the events and ended the day with 335 points in ninth place. Top 10 finishers included the 4x800 meter relay team of Kennedy, Scafe, Powell and Graupmann in seventh.

The 4x200 relay team took sixth. The team of Kennedy, Paul Nistler, Peterson-Menefee and Bennett ran a season best 1:43.78. The 4x400 relay team of Powell, Nehl, Peterson-Menefee and Bennett broke the 4:00 mark as they finished seventh with a 3:56.

Individually, Bennett sprinted to a third place finish in the 400 meter with a 53.79 and a fifth place in the high jump at 5'8". Nistler added a ninth place finish in the long jump with a 17'4.25" leap.

The girls racked up 214.5 points for the day for a 12th place finish. Many of the girls had their best efforts of the year.

Olson lead the way with a 5:58 1600 meter run that placed her fifth. Knaeble ran the 3200 meter for the first time and recorded a respectable 15:39.5 for her first two-mile.

The 4x800 team also ran well as they were able to take eighth. Drewek, Knaeble, Roxie Kallroos and Olson combined for an 11:11 effort.

Five Bulldogs earn seven All-Conference honors and five honorable mentions

The Bulldogs traveled to Walker and competed well and brought home some nice hardware in their respective varsity and junior varsity conference track meets May 8. Both squads were hampered by key injuries. Junior Paul Nistler, freshman Tonya Weidenborner and junior Alex Liapis all were unable to compete.

The girls were paced by an All-conference performance from eighth-grader Olson. Olson took the lead in the 1600 meter run right from the start. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's Alina Burks followed close behind. Olson lead for the first 1500 meters before Burks made her move. The two sprinted up the home stretch neck and neck. Burks was able to just push past Olson at the finish. Both girls finished in 6:09.

The girls 4x800 meter relay team earned All-conference honorable mention to start the meet. Senior Drewek, freshmen Knaeble and Kallroos and Olson ran a strong race and were able to place second in the meet's first running event.

Other individual placers for the girls were Drewek, fourth in the 300 meter hurdles and Knaeble, fourth in the 3200 meter run.

The girls also took fourth with two other relays. The 4x200 team of freshman Kaitlyn Leen, sophomores Cassie Stroeing and Trista Weidenborner and Knaeble ran a 2:43. The 4x400 team of Drewek, freshman Rikki White, Kallroos and Olson finished the meet with a 5:04 run.

The Bulldog boys were lead by the strong senior leadership of Bennett, Nehl, Peterson-Menefee and Rossberg. Impressively, every boy that competed placed in every event that was entered.

Peterson-Menefee earned the first All-conference award for the Bulldogs by winning the discus with a very respectable throw of 113'8".

The 4x200 meter relay team sprinted its way to an impressive win. Junior Kennedy, Nehl, Peterson-Menefee and Bennett all ran very strong legs to pull away from the competition to repeat as conference champions with a 1:42 effort.

The next running event the Bulldogs entered was the 400 meter. In the longest of the sprint races, the Bulldogs dominated the field by taking all three medals. Bennett lead the way followed by Nehl to earn both All-Conference spots and Peterson-Menefee took third for honorable mention. All three went under the minute mark.

Bennett took the track only two races later to defend his 800 meter title. It was quickly apparent that it would be a two-person race. WHA's Mike Holt was not going to let that happen. Holt opened up a four-step lead after the first 300 meters. As the two completed the first lap Holt had increased his lead to five strides. Bennett appeared to be suffering a little from his 400 meter run and struggled just to stay close. With 300 meters left, Bennett regained his stride and started to close the gap. With 200 meters left, Bennett had cut the lead in half. Bennett shifted gears one last time and with a very strong push up the last 100 was able to nip Holt at the line for the win in a season best 2:06.

Meanwhile out at the shot put circle, Rossberg earned honorable mention by taking third in the shot put.

Peterson-Menefee took the track next and sprinted to third place in the 200 meter to earn another honorable mention spot and his fourth medal of the day.

Bennett leaped to third place in the high jump to earn his fourth medal and honorable mention.

Other placers at the meet were Kennedy, sixth in the 100 meter and triple jump and fifth in the long jump; Rossberg, sixth in discus and seventh grader Brandon Schmid who placed fifth in the 3200 meter.

As a team, the boys placed fifth and the girls were third.

Junior high squads compete twice to finish season

The junior high squad had two meets last week to finish off the 2008 season. The teams competed at Deer River's Fun Meet May 5 and then traveled with the varsity to Walker May 8 for the conference meet.

At Deer River the team tied for third with Deer River-Northland in the nine-team meet. Hermantown won the meet and Greenway took second. Other teams competing were Bigfork, Aitkin, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Northland-Remer, and International Falls.

Olson led the team with a very impressive 6:18 in the 1600 meter run. Olson ran out to a 40 meter lead and held it all the way from start to finish. She actually increased it to win by about 80 meters.

At the conference meet for the girls, freshman Kallroos dominated the 800 meter run by leading from start to finish. Kallroos ran a 3:05 for the win.

Freshman Knaeble jumped to a second place finish in the high jump with 4'2" followed by Olson's fifth with 3'9". Kallroos added a fourth place in the long jump and eighth grader Kristen White added a fourth in the discus.

The 4x100 meter relay team of White, freshmen Kami Imdieke, Tisheena Freyholtz and Kaitlyn Leen ran to a fourth place finish as well.

The boys' junior high team started the meet with seventh grader Tyler Dobmeier sprinting to fifth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. Dobmeier later added a second place finish in the 800 as he came from way back in the pack on the second lap to finish with a 2:35.

The 4x200 relay team of eighth grader Butch Strand, freshmen Powell and Graupmann and Dobmeier ran to a third place finish.

In the 1600 meter run, Strand rebounded to take second while seventh grader Schmid took fifth.

The 4x100 relay team of Schmid, eighth grader Scott Pierson, freshman Sam Schenheit and seventh grader Cyril Weidenborner sprinted to a fourth place finish. Powell followed with a fourth in the 400 meter dash.

In the final event of the day, Strand, seventh grader Caleb Schneider, Powell and Graupmann teamed up to take third in the 4x400 relay.

In the field events, Powell placed third in the long jump followed by Graupmann in fourth. Schneider added a sixth in the triple jump while Graupmann added a third in the shot and Weidenborner took sixth.

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