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East Ridge girls track & field: Raptors sweep 400 at time trials

East Ridge High School's girls track and field team met fellow Suburban East Conference competitors Mounds View and Forest Lake on the road at Mounds View last Wednesday. Though the time trial wasn't scored the same way standard meets will be tallied this season, the Raptors still turned out impressive early-season results - including a sweeping of the 400-meter dash.

Senior Nicole Ethier won in 1 minute, 2 seconds, followed by freshman Katie Marcus in 1:03.6 for second place, and sophomore Kiera Joiner in 1:03.7 for third.

"It's funny how that goes," said East Ridge coach Lloyd Ness. "There were three or four heats, and I think we won every heat. It just happened to be an event that we were really, really strong in. Our girls just ran well."

Time trials are special because since they are more low-key than other meets, the girls are allowed to pick the events in which they compete. That way, if coaches think someone is a 200-meter runner, for example, and that person thinks she is a 100-meter runner, she can prove that she's a 100-meter runner, Ness said. "We're just giving the girls opportunities to get out there and kind of get into a meet setting without any pressure of team scores."

Ninth-grader Reme Abulu earned second in the 100, finishing in 13.84 seconds. Jordan Weiss followed in third with 13.87. Freshman Raven Tittle won the 200 in 27.49 seconds, with freshman Brenley Goertzen collecting second-place honors in 27.96 and junior Jamila Joiner finishing fourth in 28.39.

Senior Anna Moynihan finished fourth in the 800 with 2:33, while sophomore Bailey Ness won the mile in 5:39 and freshman Emily Betz was third with 5:43. Senior Nicollette Brown was fourth in both the shot put and the discus.

This week was a conference relay at Roseville, scheduled for yesterday after the Bulletin went to press. Unlike last week, only four girls could compete in each event yesterday, making last week's time trials even more important, Ness said, as it gave him the opportunity to see which girls he can take to Roseville.

"We still have six weeks before conference and seven weeks before sections," he said. "You want to do well at conference relays, but we're just peaking for conference and sections."