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Woodbury boys track: Royals dominate triple jump, take second in Jim Sauer invite

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The Woodbury boys track team competed in the 40th annual Jim Sauer Invitational at Rosemount High School last week, placing second out of eight teams.

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Woodbury scored 148 points as a team, just back of the host - Rosemount - which was first with 216 points. North St. Paul took third with 122.5 points.

Woodbury scored 29 of those points in the triple jump - where the Royals took first, second, third and fourth places.

Woodbury junior Oladipupo Lawal won the event with a leap of 44 feet, 4 inches in the finals - just ahead of his teammate, senior Abiola Abodunde, who took second with a jump of 43-10.25. Woodbury senior Johnathan Osifuye placed third (43-07) and senior Ethan Turner took fourth (41-11.75).

Woodbury showed its strength in relays, too.

The Royals won the 800-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay, took second place in the 400-meter relay and earned third in the 3200-meter relay.

In the 800-meter relay, the team of Lawal, senior Matt Waterhouse, Abodunde and senior KeyShawn Lee finished first in a meet-record time of 1 minute, 29.82 seconds. In the 1600-meter relay, Waterhouse, Osifuye, Abodunde and Lee took first in 3:29.82.

Individually, Osifuye earned first place in the long jump as well, with a leap of 21-01 in the finals and Turner won the high jump, clearing 6 feet. Lawal also earned second place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.82 and Lee took second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.81. Austin senior Omot Okello won both races (15.48 and 41.57, respectively).

Woodbury's top thrower in the meet was senior Kyle Schmidt, who placed third in both the shot put and the discus. His best toss in the shot was 46-0.5 feet and his best throw of the disc was a toss of 132-10. Rosemount junior Payton Otterdahl won the shot and the disc (48-10 and 138-08, respectively).

In sprints, Woodbury sophomore Vlad Mann earned third place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.79 and placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.72. North's Akeem Sirleaf won the 200 (22.69) and Rosemount's Teagan Overby won the 100 (11.19). Woodbury senior Ethan Turner earned fifth place in the 400-yard dash - behind four Rosemount runners - with a time of 54.36. The Irish's Salih Mohamed won the race (52.59). In addition, Joey Alexis placed ninth (56.16).

In the 800-meter run, Waterhouse and junior Taylor Voit finished back-to-back, in fourth and fifth place respectively, with times of 2:06.72 and 2:08.15. Rosemount's Kwame Owusu won the race (2:03.62).

Woodbury sophomore Nick Wareham had the Royals' top finish in the 1600-meter run, taking fifth place with a time of 4:48.32. Rosemount junior Joseph Manders won the race (4:40.94).

Dan Buchmeier, a junior, had Woodbury's top finish in the 3200-meter run, taking 13th in a time of 11:26.80. Plainview senior Pat Reinschmidt won the race (10:13.65). In the pole vault, Woodbury's Cole Davis led the way, clearing 8 feet, 6 inches and earning 15th. North's Ryan Thibaudeau cleared 12 feet to win the event.

Next, Woodbury is scheduled to compete in an invitational at Wayzata High School on Friday.

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