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East Ridge track & field: Raptors girls win Edina Invitational

Sandra Gramer (from left), Emily Betz, Bailey Ness and Olivia Hummel and the East Ridge girls track and field team took first place at the eight-team Edina Invitational on May 2. (Submitted photo)

The East Ridge girls track and field team showed what it could do at the Edina Invitational on May 2. The Raptors girls took first place out of a fairly stacked eight-team field, while the Raptors boys earned fifth place.

Led by first-place finishes from three of its four relay teams, the East Ridge girls totaled 178.5 points to edge second-place Eden Prairie (174 points). Edina (118) took third and Burnsville (77.5) was fourth. The East Ridge boys totaled 75 points for fifth place. Stillwater (192 points) took first place, followed by Eden Prairie (179) in the boys meet.

The East Ridge girls 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and 1600-meter relay teams all finished in first place at the meet.

The Raptors’ 400 team of Reme Abulu, Bri Schmitt, Allyson Weiss and Raven Tittle won with a time of 50.66 seconds. The 800 squad of Karina Joiner, Jaden Vogelgesang, Bri Schmitt and Tittle won with a time of 1 minute, 48.29 seconds and the 1600 team of Kiera Joiner, Brenley Goertzen, Katie Marcus and Sandra Gramer took first in 4:01.62.

Individually, East Ridge’s Allyson Weiss dominated the jumps, taking first place in the triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 6 inches and first place in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11.5 inches.

Also, for East Ridge, Karina Joiner placed first in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.18 and earned third place 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.56. Brenley Goertzen won the 400-meter dash with a time of 60.62. Gramer was second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.55 and third in the high jump, clearing 5 feet. Abulu took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.94. Kiera Joiner earned second in the 400 with a time of 61.62. Ness was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22 and Tittle placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.29.

Also, Emily Betz and Olivia Hummel placed second and third, respectively, in the 1600-meter run with times of 5:21 and 5:23 and Bri Schmitt and Jaden Vogelgesaang were second and third in the long jump with marks of 15-10, and 15-6, respectively.

For the East Ridge boys, the Raptors’ 400-meter relay team of Dominic London, Josh Knazze, Brad Simonson and Kjetil Cline took first place with a time of 44.62 and the team’s 800-meter team of Alex Johnson, Knazze, Simonson and Augie Ollrich earned first place with a time of 1:32.83.

Also, Ollrich and Ryan Schiferl placed second and third in the 800-meter run, respectively, with times of 2:02.76 and 2:03.09 and Knazze, a sophomore, also earned fourth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.44 seconds. In the field, Cline earned third place in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 3.25 inches.

Previously, East Ridge sent a select few athletes to the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday, April 26. An elite meet is a meet teams have to qualify for.

At the Hamline Elite Meet, the Raptors’ girls 3200-meter relay team of Gramer, Ness, Hummel and Betz placed second overall with a time of 9:31.12 to lead the way. Individually, Karina Joiner earned sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15:19, Gramer was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 46.97 and Goertzen placed seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:20.73. For the boys, Ollrich led the way with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.24. Ollrich also helped the Raptors’ 1600-meter relay team, along with Caleb Knazze, Roman Faller and Simonson, take ninth place in 3:37.25. In addition, Cline was eighth in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 8.5 inches.

This week, East Ridge has one of its biggest regular season meets of the year when it competes in the True Team section meet. The East Ridge girls finished in second place at last year’s true team section meet.

“This last week’s performances are a nice starting point for getting us ready for the True Team meet and they have been progressing well to in preparation for this big meet,” East Ridge girls co-head coach Lloyd Ness said.

—Patrick Johnson

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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