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Woodbury senior Taylor Voit took second place to lead the Royals boys to a third place finish at the Red Wing Invitational. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

Cross country running: Voit leads Royals in Red Wing with second place finish

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Cross country running: Voit leads Royals in Red Wing with second place finish
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Woodbury senior Taylor Voit led the Royals boys to a third place finish at the Red Wing Invitational on Friday, Sept. 27, in a warm and windy day at Red Wing High School.

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Voit ran the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 38.97 seconds to take second place overall in the 10-team, 90-runner race.

As a team, the Woodbury boys totaled 79 place points to take third overall. Red Wing was the top team with 49 points.

After Voit, Woodbury’s Nick Wareham was the next Royals runner to cross the finish line, taking sixth place with a time of 16:58.06. Woodbury’s Nathan Orf wasn’t too far back, placing ninth with a time of 17:13.03. Eric Shumaker and Jeremy Storvick rounded out the Royals’ top five, taking 29th and 35th with times of 18:21.88 and 18:29.70, respectively.

The Woodbury girls finished in fifth place overall with 127 place points.

The Roseville girls won the race with 36 points.

Haley Orf was the Royals’ top finisher, coming in sixth place with a time of 15:38.78 in the 4-kilometer race.

Kathleen Danielson was the next Woodbury runner across the finish line, taking 22nd overall with a time of 16:34.82. Woodbury’s Katlyn Ableidinger took 23rd (16:36.28), Julia Voss was 39th (16:58.73) and Catherine Henning rounded out the Royals’ top five, taking 47th overall (17:22.54).

East Ridge also competed in the Red Wing invite, but didn’t use all of its varsity runners in the race, deciding to send a portion of the team on a longer training run in the area.

However, the East Ridge boys took sixth place (166 points) and the Raptors girls placed seventh (157 points).

Leading the way for the Raptors boys was Andrew Berg, who took 23rd overall with a time of 18:03.37. David Huffman was the next East Ridge runner across the finish line, taking 27th (18:19.45). East Ridge’s Jack Walter (18:27.58), Nathan Strom (18:30.85) and Christian Yonkoski (19:24.56) rounded out the Raptors’ top five, taking 33rd, 36th and 61st, respectively.

Anna Betz led the way for the East Ridge girls, taking 14th overall with a time of 16:05.87. Abby White was the second Raptor to cross the finish line, taking 33rd overall (16:56.50). Karla Brady (16:58.33), Elizabeth Tupper (17:08.64) and Megan Dierberger (17:15.07) rounded out East Ridge’s top five, coming in 38th, 41st and 45th overall, respectively.

Next, Woodbury and East Ridge will run in the Blaine Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Majestic Oaks Golf Club – the final meets before the conference and section championships.

—Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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