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Woodbury cross country: Young Royals runners show promise

In its first meet this year, the Woodbury boys and girls cross country teams showed they're still a work in progress, but also proved to have some young runners with a lot of promise.

To kick off 2012, the Woodbury boys earned 13th place out of 30 teams, while the Woodbury girls took 21st place out of 31 teams at the season-opening St. Olaf High School Showcase on Aug. 31 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Woodbury sophomore Nate Wareham opened eyes in Friday's 5K race. Out of 656 runners, Wareham took 20th place with a time of 17 minutes, 23.2 seconds to lead the way for the Royals. Woodbury junior Nathan Orf was the second Woodbury runner to cross the finish line, taking 23rd place overall with a time of 17:34.5. Woodbury junior Taylor Voit finished in 51st place overall with a time of 18:04.0, senior Joey Wacker was 98th with a time of 18:38.4 and senior Jack McCann took 159th place with a time of 19:40.7 to round out the Royals' top five finishers, respectively.

Woodbury totaled 351 place points in the meet. In the boys race, Hopkins won the meet with 82 place points, followed by Minneapolis Southwest with 96 points. Individually, Cretin-Derham Hall senior Kevin Docherty won the race with a time of 15:58.7.

Led by freshman Lauren Smith, the Woodbury girls earned 21st place with 518 place points. Smith took 50th place overall out of over 600 runners with a time of 16:48 in the 4K race. Seventh grader Haley Orf crossed the finish line second for Woodbury with a time of 17:13.9, which was good for 80th overall and senior Ainslee Neu was 83rd with a time of 17:15.1. Sophomore Cat Henning took 149th with a time of 18:24.4 and sophomore Christina Doherty took 156th place with a time of 18:38.7 to round out Woodbury's top five finishers, respectively.

In the girls race, East Ridge totaled just 71 place points and a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes and 53.9 seconds to take first place. With 86 points, Chanhassen took second place. Shakopee senior Maria Hauger won the race with an incredible early-season time of 14:02.8.

Next, the Woodbury boys and girls take part in a meet at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park on Thursday.