Suburban East Conference

On Thursday, Woodbury and East Ridge competed in the conference track meet. It was a day filled with top finishers and memorable moments for the Royals and Raptors.

The two teams finished in the middle of the pack as a whole, but individuals stood out amongst the two teams.

In the girls 100-meter dash, Woodbury had two runners reach the finals of the race. Anna Muellner finished in second place with a time of 12.85, while Alexandrya Paulson ended in seventh place with a time of 13.28.

Muellner came back to the finals in the girls 200 dash and finished in second place again with a time of 26.04. East Ridge's Megan Clark reached the finals as well with a time of 27.40, which put her in eighth place.

Aimee Kemper from East Ridge reached the finals of the girls 400 dash and finished on top with a first-place time of 59.50. That success carried into the girls 800 run where the Raptors had two runners finish in the finals, while the Royals had one runner.

East Ridge's Halle Mestery finished in third place with a time of 2:25.02, while Gwyneth Gerlach rounded out the Raptors ending in fifth place with a time of 2:25.80. Abigail Parent from Woodbury finished right behind Gerlach with a sixth-place finish and a time of 2:26.50.

Mestery came back in the girls 1600 run and finished in third place with a time of 5:13.21. Woodbury had one runner finish in the top 10 as Tiffany Holiday ended in seventh place with a time of 5:21.98.

Holiday came back for another top 10 finish in the girls 3200 run as she ended in fifth place with a time of 11:48.31. Mary Kenney from East Ridge finished right behind Holiday in sixth place with a time of 11:51.75.

East Ridge finished in fifth place for both the 4x100 relay and the 4x200 relay. The Raptors finished with a time of 51.55 in the 4x100 and 1:49.85 in the 4x200. Woodbury didn't finish in the 4x100 relay, but ended in seventh place in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:54.28.

The Raptors continued the success with relays with a third-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:08.72. East Ridge ended the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:01.63 and a fifth-place finish.

The field events came next for the girls and Meghan Boyles started it off in the high jump finishing in 10th place with a jump of 4-6. Addawiyat Lawal and Lillian Barten both jumped 4-4 for Woodbury.

Emma Grant finished in 10th place at the pole vault for the Raptors with a nine-foot height. Ellen Joyce ended in fifth place at the long jump with the Royals at a length of 15-11 ½, while East Ridge's Rosanna Meier finished right behind her with a length of 15-10 ½.

Megan Clark from East Ridge also finished in the top 10 as she jumped a length of 15-03 ¾ for 10th place in the long jump. Lillian Orf finished tied for 11th place with a jump of 14-11 ¼.

Clark and Orf continued their success in the triple jump as Clark ended in third place with a jump of 34-04, while Orf ended in 15th place with a jump of 30-09. Ellen Joyce from Woodbury also rounded out the top 10 with an eighth-place finish with a jump length of 32 feet.

Woodbury's Maya Cochrane and East Ridge's Addi Scribner rounded out the field events with shot put and discus throw. Cochrane finished in second place at shot put with a throw of 41 ¼, while she finished in ninth place in discus with a throw of 107-04. Scribner ended in seventh place at shot put with a throw of 35-10, while she finished in 24th place at discus with a throw of 84-01.

The boys side was just as strong as the girls starting with two East Ridge sprinters in the 100 dash. Andres Pettis finished in fourth place with a time of 11.41, while Kendall Moore ended in fifth place with a time of 11.43.

Jerald Hall helped East Ridge as well in the 200 dash with a seventh-place finish and a time of 23.68. Markus Wagner from Woodbury finished in sixth place at the 400 dash with a time of 51.44.

East Ridge and Woodbury each had one runner in the 800 run final. Woodbury's Grant Wittman finished on top in first place with a time of 1:57.93, while East Ridge's John Christian Faller finished in 11th place with a time of 2:05.07.

Joseph Reimann ended the 1600 run with a third-place finish and a time of 4:25.27 for the Raptors, while Aidan Browne finished in fifth place with a time of 4:28.47 for the Royals. Woodbury had Stephen Tolentino reach the finals of the 110 hurdles and placed sixth with a time of 16.01 as well as place fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.91.

East Ridge and Woodbury finished in the middle of the pack for both the 4x100 and 4x200 relay races. The Raptors finished in fifth place at the 4x100 relay race with a time of 44.96 and ended in fourth place at the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:32.22. The Royals finished in sixth place at both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays as they finished with times of 45.27 and 1:34.29 respectively.

East Ridge and Woodbury improved its placement in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays as the Raptors finished third in each race and the Royals ended in fourth. East Ridge had a time of 3:28.48 in the 4x400 and 8:15.79 in the 4x800. Woodbury had a time of 3:29.11 in the 4x400 and 8:26.78 in the 4x800.

In the field events, Garrett Smith finished in 11th place for Woodbury at high jump with a height of 5-06. Woodbury had three athletes place in the top 10 for pole vault including Caleb Craven, Trey Francis and Isaiah Olson.

Craven finished in fifth place with a height of 11-06, while Francis was right behind him with a height of 11 feet. Olson was tied for eighth with a height of 10 feet. East Ridge's Alec Wittman beat all of them with a first-place finish as the reigning state champion finished with a height of 15 feet.

In the long jump, Woodbury's Fahim Belfatmi finished in fifth place with a jump of 20-06. Jerald Hall finished 11th for East Ridge with a jump of 19-03 ¾.

Zach Ames and Kareem Hegazy finished in the top 10 for Woodbury at triple jump, while Hall helped East Ridge earn some points. Hall ended his jump with 41-08, which put him in seventh place.

Ames finished right behind him with a jump of 41-06 ½, while Hegazy ended in 10th place and a jump of 40-09. Raphael Orubo from Woodbury ended the day with strong throws in shot put and discus. He ended shot put in 13th place with a throw of 40-04 and finished in 12th place at discus with a throw of 115-06.

Woodbury finished in seventh place as a team for both girls and boys, while the East Ridge boys and girls finished in sixth place for both genders.

The two teams will compete at Prior Lake High School on Wednesday, May 29 and Friday, May 31 in the Section 3AA Championships. The individuals from the Royals and Raptors will be competing for a spot in the state championships the following weekend.

St. Croix Lutheran Invite

Math and Science Academy and New Life Academy both competed in the St. Croix Lutheran Invite on Thursday in preparation for the section races this upcoming week.

The day started off with the girls and boys 4x800 relays, which the Dragons participated in for both races. Math and Science placed second in the girls race with a time of 11:49.44 and placed seventh in the boys race with a time of 10:49.10.

New Life Academy got started in the girls 100 dash as Hannah George finished in first place with a time of 13.41 and John Featherstone from Math and Science finished in fifth place in the boys 100 dash with a time of 12.00.

The Math and Science boys 4x200 relay team finished in third place with a time of 1:37.67. In the 1600 girls run, Danielle Koperski finished eighth for the Dragons with a time of 6:19.43, while Kayley Hyland ended in 12th place for the Eagles with a time of 6:50.21.

Math and Science continued its success in the boys 1600 run as the Dragons had three runners finish in the top 10. Harris Anderson ended on top in first place with a time of 4:35.64. Ben Karel finished in fifth place with a time of 4:54.48, while William Mattes placed eighth with a time of 4:55.65.

New Life Academy came out firing in the girls 4x100 relay as the team finished second with a time of 54.43, while Math and Science had a team finish in third place in the boys 4x100 relay with a time of 49.25. The Dragons had two runners finish in the top 10 at the girls 400 dash.

Keagan Eng finished in seventh place with a time of 1:08.13, while Faith Fogarty finished in 10th place with a time of 1:08.78. The Dragons kept the success going in the boys 400 dash.

Jaad Stout finished in third place with a time of 55.21, while Charlie Eng finished in 10th place with a time of 57.73. New Life also had Isaiah Avery finish in ninth place with a time of 57.50.

The Eagles had another top finisher in the girls 300 hurdles as Abbie Swenson finished in second place with a time of 51.75. Aria Peng and Lily Swanson finished in fourth and seventh place for the Dragons with times of 54.12 and 56.00 respectively. Math and Science had Matt Curtice finished in eighth place with a time of 47.71 in the boys 300 hurdles.

New Life and Math and Science had one individual runner place in the top 10 for both the boys and girls 800 run. The Eagles had Carly Hager finish in sixth place with a time of 2:52.26 for the girls and Avery finish in eighth place with a time of 2:19.01 for the boys. Chloe Proctor finished in 10th place for the Dragons with a time of 3:10.14 for the girls, while Mattes finished in seventh place with a time of 2:17.74 for the boys.

New Life continued the momentum in the girls 200 dash as Hannah George finished in third place with a time of 27.74, while Emma Lindahl finished in fifth place with a time of 28.79. Math and Science had two boys place in the top 10 for the boys 200 dash. Keegan Casey finished in fifth place with a time of 24.36, while Featherstone ended in eighth place with a time of 24.59.

Hyland helped New Life with a third-place finish in the girls 3200 run with a time of 15:31.85. In the girls 4x400 relay, Math and Science finished in fourth place with a time of 4:38.64 and New Life finished in fifth place with a time of 4:42.56.

Math and Science finished in fifth place at the boys 4x400 relay race with a time of 4:06.01.

In the field events, the Dragons had two girls and one boy place in the top 10 for high jump, while the Eagles had one girl finish up in the top 10.

New Life's Cara Grohn ended in a tie for fifth place with Math and Science's Fogarty as they both jumped a length of 4-02, while Shannon Koperski from Math and Science ended in ninth place with a length of 4-02. The Dragons had Kaden Demer finish in third place with a height of 4-08 for the boys.

Grohn came back in the girls long jump with a sixth-place finish with a height of 13-08. Simon Swenson finished in fourth place with a height of 19-01 in the boys long jump. Demer and Curtice from Math and Science finished in ninth and 10th place with heights of 18-03 and 18-01 respectively.

Demer and Curtice came back for the boys triple jump. Curtice finished in seventh place with a height of 36-07, while Demer finished in eighth place with a height of 36 feet.

In the discus throw, New Life's Lauren Meyer finished in fourth place for the girls with a throw of 89-05, while Math and Science's Alton Proctor and Kalile Hainey finished second and sixth in the boys throw. Proctor had a throw of 119-08, while Hainey threw 93-09.

Proctor came back in the boys shot put to record eighth place with a throw of 34-04.

New Life finished the day in fourth place for girls with a team score of 60 and ended in 10th place for boys with a team score of six. Math and Science finished in eighth place for girls with a team score of 27, while the boys finished in fifth place with a team score of 73.

The two schools will be back on the track this upcoming week as the teams prepare for the Section 4A Championships on Thursday, May 30 and Saturday, June 1 at XXXX. There are plenty of individuals from both schools that are looking to continue their season at the state championships the following weekend.

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