Joyce wins 4AA title; Royals girls team qualify for StateBig day for Woodbury cross-country runners at sectional meet; Ness to join Joyce individually at Class AA meet next week.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
It was a crummy day weather-wise, but a glorious afternoon for Woodbury cross-country as the Royals claimed an individual section champion on the boys side and qualified its entire girls contingent for State at the Section 4AA meet at Goodrich Golf Course in Maplewood on Wednesday.
Joyce wins 4AA title, Ness to join him at State
Marty Joyce, the No. 3-ranked runner in Class AA, defeated Stillwater's Brian Brochman for the second time in a week — last week the WHS senior topped his Stillwater rival for the Suburban East Conference title — this time cruising through the soft sodden five-kilometer course in a time of 16 minutes, 22.92 seconds to take the section championship.
Joyce's teammate and classmate Ryan Ness will be joining the 4AA title holder at the Class AA meet at St. Olaf College on Nov. 7 after placing seventh in the sectional with a time of 16:45.87.
Ness will be joining his sister, Bailey, an eighth-grader at East Ridge, at Northfield as she also qualified in the girls run.
Woodbury girls outrun White Bear Lake for State berth
The Woodbury girls, who just topped White Bear Lake for fourth-place at last week's SEC meet, this time outran the Bears by a single point to claim the second of two State team berths from 4AA. Roseville took the other by winning the section with four top-10 finishers.
Royals sophomore Darby Baranick placed fourth with a run of 15:17.90 on the 4K course to pace her team to the narrow second-place finish.
Junior Lucy Evans came in 11th in 15:38, however, with White Bear Lake's top two runners taking third and ninth, Woodbury would need its next two finishers to top the Bears' Nos. 3 and 4.
Royals eighth-grader Hope Pearson came in 16th (16:01.70) and junior Lauren Domski took 24th (16:19.70) as Woodbury shot out ahead of White Bear Lake, who's runner placed 23rd and 26th.
Yet, the Bears Katie Schlafke placed 29th, meaning the Royals would need a runner to take 34th or better to clinch the State berth.
WHS freshman Ainslee Neu did just that, taking 34th by less than a second ahead of East Ridge's Erin Kenney with a State-sending run of 16:41.95 as Woodbury came in with 89 points to White Bear Lake's 90.
The Royals girls squad again heads whole to Northfield for the Class AA girls meet on Nov. 7.