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Above, in the boys 5K race, Woodbury had three runners finish in the top 12 places to help the Royals take fourth place with 89 points.

Cross country: Raptors, Royals compete in Dewey Minnaert invite

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District 833 and Suburban East Conference cross country foes East Ridge, Park and Woodbury all got to know each other a bit better last week.

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The three south Washington County schools competed in the 2012 Dewey Minnaert Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings.

The meet provided a stage for a showdown between two of the state's top girls distance running teams - Eagan, which is No. 1 in the state, and East Ridge, which is No. 4.

In the girls 4K race, East Ridge runners took five of the top 12 spots, but the Raptors still finished second to Eagan. East Ridge totaled 40 place points, while the Wildcats had 21 points. Woodbury took fourth place with 155 points and Park earned fifth place with 167 points.

Leading the way for East Ridge was junior Bailey Ness, who placed second out of 86 runners, with a time of 14 minutes, 43.14 seconds. Only Eagan senior Danielle Anderson was better, with an amazing time of 13:48.95.

Sophomore Emily Betz crossed the finish line second for East Ridge, taking seventh place overall with a time of 15:19.18.

In addition, for East Ridge, senior Taylor Jackson ran a time of 15:33.01 for the Raptors' third-best finish taking ninth overall and sophomore Brenley Goertzen and junior Sandra Gramer rounded out the Raptors' top five, respectively, with times of 15:37.97 and 15:42.06, taking 10th and 12th overall.

Freshman Lauren Smith had the Royals' best finish, taking 17th place overall with a time of 16:01.10. Seventh grader Haley Orf was the second Woodbury runner across the finish line, taking 26th overall with a time of 16:31.73. Senior Ainslee Nue (16:45.76), sophomore Catherine Henning (17:01.93) and sophomore Alexus Baumgartner (17:42.09) rounded out the Royals' top five, taking 32nd, 38th and 57th, respectively.

In the boys 5K race, Woodbury had three runners finish in the top 12 places to help the Royals take fourth place with 89 points, not too far behind first-place St. Paul Central, which totaled 71 points. With 129 points, East Ridge placed sixth and Park was eighth with 213 points.

Woodbury sophomore Nate Wareham had a breakout performance in the race, taking sixth place with a time of 17:10.01 for the Royals' top finish. Woodbury junior Taylor Voit crossed the finish line second for the Royals, taking eighth overall with a time of 17:24.77. Fellow junior Nathan Orf took 12th place overall with a time of 17:35.97, senior Joe Wacker placed 23rd with a time of 18:15.30 and sophomore Eric Shumaker took 41st with a time of 18:51.85 to round out the Royals' top five finishers.

After laboring a bit in meet No. 1, East Ridge senior Nate Roese was back at the top of the pack. The state's 400-meter dash champion took fourth place with a time of 16:56.61. Cretin-Derham Hall senior Kevin Docherty won the race with a time of 16:18.44. After Roese, junior Ryan Schiferl was the next East Ridge runner to cross the finish line, taking 13th overall with a time of 17:48.19. Rounding out the top five for the Raptors were junior Sam Boardman, who took 31st with a time of 18:33.76, junior Nate Tigges, who took 38th with a time of 18:50.82 and junior Aaron Gorden, who placed 46th with a time of 19:00.48.

Next, East Ridge and Woodbury are both at Aronson Park for an invitational hosted by Lakeville North on Friday, Sept. 14.

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