East Ridge runs its way to state meetBailey Ness paces Raptors girls cross-country team to Section 4AA championship.
Bailey Ness paced the East Ridge girls cross-country team to a Section 4AA championship on a cold and soggy afternoon at the Les Bolstad Golf Course at the University of Minnesota as the Raptors punched their ticket for the state meet by defeating Roseville by a single point on Wednesday.
For the second time in eight days, East Ridge defeated long-time Class AA power Roseville — the Raptors also topped the Raiders for the Suburban East Conference championship on Tuesday, Oct. 19. This time, the victory sends the entire ERHS squad to the state meet, scheduled to be held at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Ness, an East Ridge freshman, is the new Section 4AA champion as she topped Roseville's duo of Becca Dyson and Sammy Nielsen by over four seconds to take first place with a time of 15 minutes, 15.12 seconds.
East Ridge eighth-grader Brenley Goertzen placed seventh overall in 15:38.62, with classmate Emily Betz coming in 13th in 16:00.77 and Taylor Jackson, one of East Ridge's elder statesmen as a sophomore, earned a clutch 14th-place finish in 16:02.67.
In the end, it was freshman Abbey Beissler's 17th-place finish — 2.1 seconds ahead of Roseville's Maddie Williams, who took 18th — that clinched the sectional championship for East Ridge. A flip-flop of Beissler's and Williams' placements would have given the crown to the Raiders.
Also running for East Ridge was seventh-grader Taylor Rumpca, who took 29th in 16:35.07 and sophomore Sarah Nesheim in 31st in 16:46.22.
Woodbury girls sixth
The Woodbury girls placed sixth at the Section 4AA meet, led by senior Lauren Domski, who placed 15th in her final high school race in a time of 16:07.42.
Woodbury boys seventh, East Ridge 10th
East Ridge's Nate Roese will be joining the Raptors girls at state as the
sophomore became the first ERHS boys runner to qualify for the Class AA meet by placing fifth in the sectional in a time of 16:24.30. As a team, the Raptors took 10th.
Woodbury senior Leighton Becher paced the Royals boys to a seventh-place finish with a 25th-place finish in his final high school race in 17:14.30.