East Ridge track & field: Betz, Roese shine in River Falls indoor meet
With the lousy weather outside, the East Ridge boys and girls track teams took things inside last week.
The Raptors competed in the All-American Invitational at Knowles Fieldhouse on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus on Saturday, April 6.
At the meet, the East Ridge girls finished fourth and the boys finished eighth out of 17 teams. Eastview won the girls meet with 71 points and Hudson, Wis., won the boys meet with 74 points. The East Ridge girls scored 51 points. The Raptors boys scored 30 points.
Sophomore Emily Betz provided the top highlight for the Raptors' girls in the meet. Betz won an exciting 3200-meter race with a meet-record time of 11 minutes, 35.56 seconds, just ahead of North St. Paul freshman Jane Baude, who had a time of 11:37.59.
On the boys side, East Ridge senior Nate Roese stole the show. Roese ran the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.34 seconds, taking first place in the event. His time was a meet record and nearly broke the fieldhouse record of 49.17 with high school and college runners included. In addition, East Ridge sophomore August Olrich placed sixth in the 400 in a time of 53.77. Along with his winning 400, Roese also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best 22.81 time. North High School sophomore Akeem Sirleaf won the 200 in 22.72, which set a meet record.
In addition to Betz's finish for the Raptors girls, East Ridge junior Bailey Ness earned second place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:23.49. Hudson junior Sadie Kroll won in 5:16.91. Sophomore Brenley Goertzen earned fifth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:26.24. Sophomore Raven Tittle sprinted to a fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.61. East Ridge freshman Karina Joiner placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9:09 seconds. East Ridge senior Jamila Joiner and sophomore Reme Abulu finished back-to-back in 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 55-meter dash with matching times of 7.80 seconds. Junior Kiera Joiner had the Raptors' best finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:05.09, which was good for ninth place. Sophomore Hannah Nesheim wasn't far back, taking 11th place with a time of 1:05.78. In the shot put, East Ridge senior Brianne Halbur led the way for the Raptors, taking 16th with a toss of 29 feet, 9.0 inches. East Ridge senior Sara Press placed 11th in the pole vault, clearing 7 feet, 6.0 inches. The East Ridge girls also scored well in relays, the Raptors won the 800-meter relay in a time of 1:51.63, beating Hudson (1:51.98) and third-place North St. Paul (1:52.15). Also, the Raptors 1600-meter run took third in a time of 4:13.51.
For the Raptors boys, in addition to Roese, East Ridge senior Allen Swenson finished fourth in the pole vault, going over 13 feet. Junior Will Nuenfeldt earned fifth place in the shot put with a heave of 48 fee, 3.0 inches. Junior Ryan Schiferl earned 10th place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:56.23. Junior Patrick O'Hare placed 10th in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.62 seconds. Freshman Kjetil Cline had East Ridge's top finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.97 seconds, good for 18th place. Eighth grader Jeremy Balagot had the Raptors' top finish in the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 11.25 inches, which was good for 12th place. In the long jump, East Ridge freshman Kjetil Cline and Keith Durham finished back-to-back, in 15th and 16th, respectively, with leaps of 19-0.50 and 18-10.0. Durham had the Raptors' top finish in the high jump, along with junior Mitch Gable, who both cleared 5 feet, 8 inches to tie for ninth place.
In relays, the East Ridge boys earned eighth place in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:44.76. The Raptors also placed eighth in the 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:12.78 and took 10th place in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:39.54.
East Ridge hopes to bring the show outside for the first time this season this week. The Raptors girls were set to compete in a relay invitational meet at Roseville on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. The Raptors boys are scheduled to compete in the White Bear Lake Relays on Thursday, April 11.