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Area runners finish eighth at SoCal Ragnar Relay

Twelve high school track and cross country athletes from the area teamed up to compete in the 2014 So Cal Ragnar Relay on April 4-5 in California. Runners included: From left, Andrew Berg, Joseph Romain, Jeremy Storvick, Danny Buchmeier, Nick Wareham, Quin Klett, Nathan Orf, Taylor Voit, Eric Shumaker, Collin Sieffert, Marcus Haskins and Carter Pysher. (Submitted photo)

A group of area runners showed California what they could do.

Twelve high school track and cross country athletes from the area competed together in the 2014 SoCal Ragnar Relay on April 4-5 in California. 

The Minnesota Polar Vortex team, which included runners from Woodbury and East Ridge high schools, finished an impressive eighth overall out of 724 teams and was one of only eight teams to break 24 hours in the grueling 194-mile race. 

Minnesota Polar Vortex finished the race in 23 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds, which was first among 10 teams in the High School Division, although they were the only all-boys high school team entered in the race. 

The Minnesota Polar Vortex members were: East Ridge’s Andrew Berg, Marcus Haskins and Collin Sieffert and Woodbury’s Danny Buchmeier, Nathan Org, Quin Klett, Carter Pysher, Joseph Romain, Eric Shumaker, Jeremy Storvick, Taylor Voit and Nick Wareham.

The Ragnar Relay SoCal is a 200-mile, 24-hour relay race starting in Huntington Beach and ending in San Diego. Each team member runs three legs, with distance and difficulty varying per leg, and some runners total as many as 25.6 miles. The course took each 12-member team along a coastal route through Orange County, North County, and then down to San Diego, finishing on the beach on Coronado Island.

The Minnesota Polar Vortex ran the race to support 200 Miles for Monarch, the official charity of the 2014 SoCal Ragnar Relay. 200 Miles for Monarch is sponsored in part by Woodbury law firm, Shumaker & Sieffert, and will benefit the Monarch School, a K-12 school in San Diego County for children impacted by homelessness.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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