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Track and Field: Wolfgram shines in 4A section meet

Connor Maxwell jumps over the bar during the boys high jump at the 4A section meet. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Senior Aric Brodie rounds the corner in first place as the second runner of the 4x800-meter run for Math and Science Academy. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
The Math and Science Academy Dragons 4x800-meter team poses for a photo after finishing first at the 4A section meet. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

ST. PAUL — It was two of the most important days for New Life Academy and Math and Science Academy track and field teams.

It was the 4A section meet on Thursday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2 for an opportunity to compete in the state meet on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

The biggest name for the Math and Science Academy Dragons is Tierney Wolfgram. She was the state champion in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter girls races last season with hopes of repeating this achievement in the 2018 season.

"Tierney [Wolfgram] has been an amazing person for our team," said Math and Science coach Brendan Ruter. "Her leadership and commitment to this team has shown over the past couple of years."

Wolfgram advanced to state with first-place finishes in the 1600- and 3200-meter races. She didn't just finish first, but dominated her competition.

The second place runner in the 1600-meter race was about 26 seconds behind her, while the 3200-meter second-place runner finished over a minute behind Wolfgram.

Wolfgram wasn't the only Dragon to advance to state as the 4x800-meter team finished first with a time of 8:14.87. That team consisted of Naman Shah, Aric Brodie, Harris Anderson and Jack Osborne.

"It wasn't perfect, but we reached our goal of making state this season," Shah said. "We just need to work on a few things next week and we'll be ready for state weekend."

Brodie said he had his three other team members come over to his house for pasta on Friday night to prepare for Saturday's race, which worked well in his eyes.

On the other hand, New Life Academy didn't have anyone on the team qualify for state this season, but head coach Kristen Hawkins is beyond proud of the accomplishments this team has done to get to this point.

Hawkins said the team is rather young, except five seniors on the boys side, which gives her confidence for the future of this program.

"Our middle school program is starting to get stronger allowing our future to continue to build," Hawkins said. "I'm just excited and I appreciate all the work that our kids have done this season."

The state meet will take place on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 at Hamline University. The Class AA section will start its events at 9 a.m. both days, while Class A, like New Life and Math and Science, will start at 3:30 p.m. both days.

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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