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Woodbury track: Strong showing for Royals at True Team sections

 Woodbury’s track and field athletes shined in an event designed to showcase genuine team talent.

The Royals boys took second on May 6 at the Section 2AAA True Team meet, while the girls took third at the event held at St. Thomas Academy.

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.

Woodbury senior Ladi Lawal shined in multiple events, leading with the triple jump, where his leap of 45.08.50 bested the second-place finisher by more than four feet. He also earned first place in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.19.

Lawal also took second in the long jump (21.01) and third in the 300 meter hurdles.

Woodbury junior Roshon Roomes took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.15, besting the second-place finisher from Hastings by 0.55 seconds.

Senior Taylor Voit won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.64.

Meanwhile, the Woodbury 4x200- meter relay team of Joey Alexis, Donnell Rodgers, Cy’Ke Nimene and Mason Roomes took second behind East Ridge.

Nick Wareham, a junior for the Royals, took third in the 3200-meter run.

In the shot put, senior Steven Bunch earned third place with a 44-04.50 throw. He took second in the discus, with a throw of 134-08, while fellow Woodbury senior Isaiah Danielson finished fourth with a 128-09 throw.

Woodbury’s girls excelled in several events, including the 100 meter dash, where seniors Aleah West (12.56) and Grace Rogers (12.90) finished second and third, respectively.

Sophomore Taylor Raines won the long jump with a leap of 16-07.50, while freshman Maria Versaguis finished in fourth with a jump of 16-02.50.

In the 200-meter dash, Raines took first with a time of 26.13. Rogers finished fourth in the event.

Woodbury’s Allyson Rock, a senior, cruised to victory in the shot put with a throw of 34-01.00 – more than two feet longer than the second-place finisher.

The Woodbury 4x100 relay team took second, finishing behind East Ridge and ahead of Stillwater.

Maria Versaguis had a strong showing in the 100-meter hurdles, where she finished third with a time of 15.92, while junior Gina Veraguis took third in the 400-meter dash. In the 1600-meter run, sophomore Katlyn Ableidinger took fourth for Woodbury.

In discus, seniors Olivia Alson and Rock finished in second and third places, respectively.

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

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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