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Woodbury cross country: Voit, Wareham qualify for state meet

From left, Woodbury’s Nate Wareham and Taylor Voit qualified for the 2013 Class AA state meet with their finishes at the Section 4AA meet at Les Bolstad Golf Course Wednesday. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)1 / 3
Taylor Voit, a senior, is congratulated following his state-qualifying run at the section meet. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)2 / 3
Woodbury eighth grader Haley Orf led the Royals girls with a 17th-place overall finish at the section meet. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)3 / 3

After a series of near-misses, Taylor Voit did it.

Voit, a senior runner for the Woodbury boys cross country team, will join his teammate, junior Nate Wareham in representing the Royals in the 2013 Class AA state meet.

““I’m just so happy I finally made it this time,” Voit said. “I’m dying right now. That was probably the hardest race of my life.”

Wareham and Voit each qualified at the Section 4AA meet at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights.

At sections, the top two teams and their members qualify for the state meet along with the eight top individual finishers not on the top two teams.

The past two seasons Voit has come close to reaching state, finishing four places away as a sophomore and just one spot back of the final spot last year.

“This is awesome,” Voit said. “I’m really proud. There’s been a lot of people hoping I would go to state, I’m glad I got it done. I’m just so excited I’m going to get a chance to run there.”

With Stillwater winning the section title and placing all seven of its runners in the top 15, it opened up some spots for other individuals. White Bear Lake and ran as a pack to take the Nos. 15-29 spots for all seven runners.

Wareham secured his second state meet appearance with a 10th-place finish and a time of 16 minutes, 47.7 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. Voit finished two spots back with a time of 16:55.3 to take the second –to-last qualifying spot.

Wareham placed 68th last year at the state meet in a time of 16:38.

“I’m really happy for him too,” Voit said. “We’re not going as a team, but I’m really happy both of us are going.”

The Royals finished fifth overall as a team with 138 points, just two points behind fourth-place St. Paul Highland Park. Sophomore Eric Shumaker placed 33rd in 17:38, freshman Joe Romain took 38th overall in 17:45.1 and senior Dan Buchmeier took 45th place in 17:58.

Senior Nathan Orf finished 63rd in 18:44.6 and senior Jeremy Storvick took 68th in 18:55.3 for Woodbury.

The state meet will be held Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

Woodbury girls take seventh at section meet

The Woodbury girls finished seventh at the Section 4AA meet Wednesday with 176 points.

Eighth grader Haley Orf led the Royals with a 17th-place overall finish and a time of 15 minutes, 33.1 seconds in the 4-kilometer race. Orf edged out Roseville’s Lindsey Lee by six-tenths of a second for 17th. Orf finished three runners behind the final qualifier for the state meet.

Sophomore Katlyn Ableidinger took 29th place in 16:11.5 while sophomore Kathleen Danielson took 36th overall in 16:26.9, junior Julia Voss placed two spots behind Danielson with a time of 16:37.8 and junior Cat Henning took 56th overall in 17:20.3.

Freshman Maggie Wilson placed 62nd in 17:34.5 and senior Pauline Aamodt took 64th in 17:44.1.

East Ridge won the meet with 51 points and Roseville took second with 88 points to secure a trip to state.

-Nick Gerhardt