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Woodbury cross country: Voit, Orf front-runners for Royals at St. Croix Bluffs

The Woodbury boys cross country team put three runners in the top 10 Thursday at the Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings to finish in second place at the 12-team meet.

Senior Taylor Voit paced the Royals with a fourth-place finish in a time of 17 minutes, 3 seconds while junior Nick Wareham finished two spots back in sixth place in 17:11 and senior Nathan Orf placed 10th in 17:36.

Woodbury finished with 101 points for second place, behind meet winner Red Wing, which scored 53 points. District rival East Ridge placed third with 110 points.

Freshman Joseph Romain finished 36th overall in 18:35 on the 5-kilometer course and senior Dan Buchmeier rounded out the top five for the Royals with a 48th-place finish in 18:54.

The Woodbury girls cross country team finished fifth at the Dewey Minnaert Invitational, led by a 12th-place finish from eighth-grader Haley Orf.

Orf completed the 4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 36 seconds as the Royals finished with 160 points as a team.

East Ridge won the meet with 29 points and had all five of its runners finish in the top 10. Eagan placed second with 39 points while Eastview finished third with 115 and Red Wing fourth with 142 in the 12-team meet.

Woodbury sophomore Kathleen Danielson placed 34th overall with a time of 16:43 while sophomore teammate Katlyn Ableidinger placed 35th in 16:49. Junior Julia Voss finished 48th in 17:17 and junior Cat Henning rounded out the top five with a 52nd-place finish in 17:19.

Woodbury competes Friday at the Lakeville North Invitational.

—Nick Gerhardt