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East Ridge track: Girls race to first at True Team sections

Members of East Ridge’s girls track team pose after capturing the Section 2AAA title last week. (Submitted photo)

East Ridge’s girls punched their card to a state meet that celebrates team success.

The Raptors girls finished first of six teams on May 6 at the True Team Section 2AAA meet held at St. Thomas Academy. East Ridge’s boys finished fifth of eight teams.

True Team, an event unique to Minnesota, awards points to each finisher in an event, compiles the cumulative scores and advances the highest-scoring team to a state meet. The system is geared toward establishing overall team performance, versus a winning effort formed by teams with a few elite athletes who dominate.

The Raptors turned in a truly versatile performance, earning first-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run, the 3200-meter run, the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay, the 4x400 relay, the 4x800 relay and the triple jump.

The Class AAA True Team meet will be Friday afternoon at Stillwater Area High School

East Ridge dominated the 300-meter hurdles, with senior Sandra Gramer winning the event (46.67) and sophomore Karina Joiner finishing second at 47.34. Junior Hannah Nesheim claimed fourth place in the race.

The East Ridge 4x800 relay team of Abby Beissler, Olivia Hummel, Brenley Goertzen and Jessica Gohmann finished ahead of second-place Tartan and third-place Stillwater.

Meanwhile, the 4x200 relay team of Bri Schmidt, Reme Abulu, Raven Tittle and Jaden Voggelsang earned first by besting Stillwater and Woodbury.

Brenley Goertzen won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.47, while sophomore Olivia Hummel finished third in the event for East Ridge.

In the 4x100 relay, East Ridge’s team of Voggelsang, Abulu, Jordan Weiss and Tittle took first ahead of Woodbury and Stillwater.

Standout Raptors distance runner Bailey Ness, a senior, won the 3200-meter event with a time of 11:23.24.

East Ridge’s 4x400 relay team of Kiera Joiner, Gramer, Katie Marcus and Goertzen bested Henry Sibley (second) and Stillwater (third) to capture the event.

Meanwhile, eighth-grader Allyson Weiss flew to a first-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 37.01.50. Senior Jordan Weiss finished third in the event with a 35-01.00 jump.

On the boys side, East Ridge’s 4x200 relay team took first place ahead of Woodbury (second) and Tartan (third).

East Ridge senior August Ollrich ran to first place in the 200- meter dash with a time of 22.52.

Raptors sophomore Kjetil Cline won the long jump with a leap of 21-03.00, while senior Bradford Bolton finished in fourth with a 20-06.00 jump.

The Raptors’ 4x400 relay team took second (3:31.11) behind Hastings and ahead of Woodbury.

In the boys high jump, junior Cory Kistow uncorked an even 6-foot jump, good enough to tie for second place.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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