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Cross Country: Woodbury, Park, East Ridge compete in the Red Wing Invitational

Woodbury, Park and East Ridge traveled south to Red Wing on Friday afternoon for a boys and girls cross country invitational.

The boys’ side had 10 teams, while the girls’ had nine. Red Wing finished on top for the boys and Roseville won the girls’ meet, but the three local teams competed for a top finish.

On the boys side, Woodbury finished in second while East Ridge and Park finished third and fourth respectively. The girls side had Woodbury finishing second, while Park and East Ridge finished seventh and eighth respectively.

The Royals boys team had four runners finish in the top 20 overall with Aidan Browne being the top runner who finished fourth overall with a time of 16:27.01. Grant Wittman who finished 10th overall, Christopher Romain who finished 16th overall and Okuny Awow who finished 20th overall rounded out the top runners for Woodbury.

The Raptors came in 27 points behind the Royals as they had three of their top runners finish in the top 20 overall. The leader of the team was Evan Johnson and he ended the day in 15th place with a time of 17:44.81. The other two runners included Sean McNiesh, who finished 18th overall, and Trenton Hohn, who finished 19th overall.

The Wolfpack came in just 16 points away from East Ridge as two of the runners finished in the top 20, while one more finished in the 21st position. Parker Hahn and Justus Robinson finished eighth and 17th respectively overall, but Peyton Kiecatsky finished 21st overall.

As for the girls, the Royals had three girls finish in the top 10. The other four finished in the top 35. Tiffany Holiday led the way for Woodbury finishing second overall with a time of 19:55.16. Behind her were Anna Muellner and Maggie McCarthy who finished eighth and 10th respectively for the Royals.

The Wolfpack had four runners in the top 50 with Peyton Dunn leading the way with a time of 21:34.73, which allowed her to finish in 24th place. Briahna Hensel, Laurel Watters and Hannah Schluetter rounded out the top 50 as they finished 38th, 44th and 46th respectively.

The Raptors had three runners in the top 30 as Mary Kenney finished 23rd overall with a time of 21:31.53. The other two runners included Elizabeth Boerger who finished 37th and Emily Poor who finished 39th overall.

All three of these teams are less than a month away from competing in the section race for a spot at the state tournament. They are finalizing runners for their varsity squad and discovering ways to keep the entire team together during a race.

The closer the runners are together, the fewer points a team will receive and the higher a team will place overall. Each of these teams will have a couple more invitationals to run before the section race to solidify everything.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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