Woodbury cross country: Royals' season reaches the finish line in section championships
The 2011 cross country season came to a close for the Woodbury Royals at the Section 4AA championship on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul.
The Woodbury boys finished a very respectable fourth at the 15-team section meet. The Woodbury girls also finished in the top half of the section, taking sixth place with 164 points.
At sections, the top two teams and the top 10 individual runners in the boys and girls race earn trips to state.
In the boys race, with four runners in the top seven, powerhouse Stillwater, a Suburban East Conference foe, won the meet with 28 points. Stillwater senior Tom Linner won the race with a time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds. Fellow SEC school White Bear Lake took second place with 81 points.
Suburban East Conference rival Roseville won the girls meet, topping the defending section champion East Ridge by a four place points, 61 to 65. White Bear Lake finished in a distant third with 102 points.
Tartan sophomore Shaelyn Sorensen won the race with a time of 14:45.
In the 5K boys race, Woodbury sophomore Taylor Voit came the closest to a state meet berth for the Royals, finishing in 13th place with a time of 16:21. Fellow sophomore Nathan Orf was the second Royals runner across the finish line at sections with a time of 17:03 to take 28th. Orf was followed closely by senior Sam Evans, who took 30th with a time of 17:06 and freshman Nicholas Wareham, who took 33rd overall with a time of 17:07. Woodbury senior Luke Wittman rounded out the Royals' top five, taking 35th overall with a time of 17:09.
In the girls 4K run, Woodbury eighth grader Lauren Smith continued her ascension up the cross country ladder, turning in the Royals' best time and taking 15th place overall with a 15:26 finish. Woodbury senior Darby Baranick was right behind Smith, taking 16th with a time of 15:27. A trio of freshmen, Divya Melachuri, Alexus Baumgartner and Catherine Henning rounded out the Royals' top five finishes, respectively, with times of 15:56, 16:44 and 16:50, taking 26th, 51st, and 56th overall.
The meet ended the prep cross country running career of 16 seniors in the Woodbury program - nine seniors on the boys team and seven seniors on the girls squad.