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Woodbury track & field: Royals girls dominate Park quadrangular

The Woodbury boys and girls track and field teams got ready for the final three meets of the year with the Park Quadrangular last Thursday at Park High School's Wolfpack Stadium. The quadrangular, against Suburban East Conference foes Cretin-Derham Hall, Hastings and Park, was an "unlimited" meet allowing individuals to compete in as many different events they would like other than the usual four event maximum. It also gave athletes a chance to try new events.

The Woodury girls team put it all together in the regular-season finale, scoring a whopping 118.50 points to take first place - ahead of second-place Park (58.50 points). The Woodbury boys finished in third place with 70 points - behind first-place Park (77 points) and second-place Hastings (76 points).

The Woodbury girls dominated the 100-meter dash taking first through fifth places. The Royals' Faith Adeola won the race with a time of13.68 seconds. Adeola also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.56. The Royals also crushed the competition in the 100-meter hurdles, taking first, second, third and fourth. Taylor Malmgren had Woodbury's best time with a 17.35 finish. The Royals went 1-2-3 in the triple jump, too. Kat Herzberg led the way, leaping 34 feet, 2 inches.

Woodbury's relay teams went crazy as well. The Royals' Wakpor Igavojah, Herzberg, Maddy Haut and Huska won the 400-meter relay with a time of 51.25. The 800-meter relay team of Maria Versaguis, Mackenzie Brand, Karina Winkleman and Devan Roman also won its race with a time of 1:52.81 and the 1600-meter relay of Huska, Herzberg, Lauren Smith and Roman won its race in a time of 4:13.90.

Also, individually, Woodbury's Emily Twohig and Smith finished in first and second place, respectively, in the 1600-meter run with times of 5 minutes, 34.65 seconds and 5:37.49. Huska won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.37. Ighovojah won the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches, Allyson Rock won the discus toss (107 feet, 1 inch) and took second in the shot put (32 feet, 2 inches).

For the Woodbury boys, the Royals throwers finished first, second and third in the shot put and first and second in the discus toss. Joshua McClain won the shot with a heave of 45 feet, 8.5 inches and took first place in the discus toss with a throw of 131 feet, 3 inches. Also, individually, Tucker Benjamin won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.44 seconds. Abiola Abodunde earned second place in the long jump, with a leap of 20 feet, 6 inches. The Royals sprinters took third, fourth and fifth at the meet. Nicholas Imsdahl had Woodbury's fastest time in the event (11.72). Matt Waterhouse placed second in the 200-meter dash (23.67) and Davis Johnson earned second place in the 400-meter dash (53.31).

All that remains for the Woodbury track and field teams are the Suburban East Conference Championships - which take place this week - the section championships and the state meet.