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Boys Track and Field: Raptors edge Royals for Simley Invite title

East Ridge's Payton Johnson, left, and Joseph Moynihan, right, compete in the 1,600-meter run. Johnson, a freshman, was second in 4:59.00, while Moynihan, a sophomore, was third in 5:05.00. (Staff photo by John Molene)1 / 6
East Ridge's Dominik London wins the second heat of the 100-meter dash. London was second overall in the event in 11.51. (Staff photo by John Molene)2 / 6
Woodbury's Zach Ruppel, right, finishes strong in winning the 100-meter dash in 11.22. (Staff photo by John Molene)3 / 6
Woodbury senior Paul Henning gains an early lead in the first lap of the 1,600-meter run. Henning went on to win the race in 4:54.00. (Staff photo by John Molene)4 / 6
Woodbury's Mason Roomes soars in the long jump. Roomes finished second in the event with a best of 20 feet, 5 inches. (Staff photo by John Molene)5 / 6
Woodbury's Chris Chiu brings the baton home first in the 800-meter relay. The Royals won the race in a time of 1:30.94. (Staff photo by John Molene)6 / 6

Woodbury and East Ridge athletes combined to win 11 of 18 events April 17 in a five-team boys track-and-field meet at Simley High School won by the Raptors by an excruciatingly close score.

East Ridge finished first with 119 points, just clipping Woodbury, which was second with 118.66. Host Simley was a distant third in the team race with 52.33 points, followed by St. Paul Como Park (44) and Amery (40).

East Ridge athletes earned wins in the 1,600-meter relay, 3,200 meters, high jump and pole vault, and picked up team points all over the competition to just edge the Royals.

East Ridge’s Peter Betz easily finished first in the 3,200-meter run, winning in 10 minutes, 51.30 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The Raptors also had event wins from Cory Kistow in the high jump (6 feet) and Maxwell Ntege in the pole vault (11 feet).

Woodbury’s army of sprinters showed its stuff, winning the 100, 200, the 400-meter relay and the 800 relay, despite a disqualification by the Woodbury A team in the 800 relay. The Royals also picked up individual wins in the 800-meter run, 1,600 and the shot put.

Junior Zach Ruppel of Woodbury won the 100-meter dash in 11.22, followed by three East Ridge runners (Dominik London, Joshua Knazze and A.J. Tittle). Mason Roomes took first in the 200 in 22.15, while East Ridge’s Alex Johnson was second in 23.63.

Woodbury’s Nicholas Wareham (1:58.20) and Roshon Roomes (1:59.27) went 1-2 in the 800-meter run. Paul Henning looked strong in capturing the 1,600-meter run in 4:54. Dylan Granholm (44-08.75) of the Royals just edged teammate Nathan Bursch (44-08.25) in the shot put.

The Royals won both sprint relays, with the A squad picking up first in the 400-meter relay (44.59) and the B team winning the 800-meter in 1:30.94.

Woodbury’s Mason Roomes was second in the long jump (20-5) in addition to his win in the 200. Jesse DeCarlo of the Royals finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.26) and third in the triple jump (39-6.5).

East Ridge’s boys will be at Roseville April 21 in an eight-team meet. Woodbury competes April 21 in a six-team meet at Eagan High School.