The Woodbury boys and East Ridge girls led the way as District 833 and Suburban East Conference cross country foes East Ridge, Park and Woodbury competed in the 2011 Dewey Minnaert Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 8, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings.

In the boys 5K race, Woodbury had four runners finish in the top 18 places to help the Royals take third place with 95 points, just behind first-place Coon Rapids (74 points) and second-place Osseo (77 points). With 113 points, East Ridge placed fifth and Park was ninth with 214 points.

In the girls 4K race, East Ridge runners took six of the top 13 spots, but the Raptors still finished second to Eagan with 39 points. The Wildcats had 36 points. Woodbury took third place with 98 points and Park earned seventh place (166 points).

Individually, East Ridge junior Nate Roese had the top finish for the area boys, taking fourth place overall with a time of 17:22.94. East Ridge sophomore Ryan Schiferl wasn't too far back, taking seventh place with a time of 17:45.26. Also, for East Ridge, sophomore Roman Faller took 29th place with a time of 18:46.44, senior Thomas Ollmann was 31st with a time of 18:53.92 and sophomore Nathan Tigges took 42nd with a time of 19:11.10.

Woodbury sophomore Taylor Voit had the top Royals' finish, taking ninth place with a time of 17:48.45, followed by 12th place freshman Nicholas Wareham (18:17.83), 13th place sophomore Nathan Orf (18:22.24), 18th place senior Luke Wittman (18:26.93) and 43rd place junior Jack McCann (19:12.95) to round out Woodbury's top five.

Park sophomore Evan Bonneson had the top finish for the Wolfpack, taking 27th place with a time of 18:40.43, followed by senior Robert Briggs, who took 34th place in 19:01.84. Additionally, freshman Ethan Berube took 48th place in 19:30.44, while senior Joe Pierre and junior Cade Fishbaugher took 54th and 56th with times of 19:37.24 and 19:39.85, respectively.

Kevin Docherty, a junior from Cretin-Derham Hall, won the race with a time of 16:33.85.

On the girls side, East Ridge sophomore Bailey Ness edged Woodbury senior Darby Baranick, for second place overall with times of 15:34.42 and 15:43.52, respectively. Both area runners were topped by Eagan junior Danielle Anderson's first-place time of 14:48.27.

Also, for East Ridge, freshman Brenley Goertzen took fifth place with a time of 15:59.11, just ahead of sixth-place Woodbury eighth grader Lauren Smith, who had a time of 16:00.32 for the Royals. Additionally, East Ridge freshman Emily Betz took ninth place with a time of 16:05.62 and juniors Elizabeth Maatta and Taylor Jackson and sophomore Abigail Beissler finished 11th, 12th and 13th for East Ridge with times of 16:08.34, 16:09.05 and 16:13.37, respectively. Sophomore Sandra Gramer rounded out the top six for the Raptors, taking 18th place with a time of 16:34.83.

For Woodbury, after Baranick and Smith, freshman Julia Voss took 19th place with a time of 16:41.74, freshman Catherine Henning (17:10.16) earned 33rd place and junior Ainslee Neu (18:11.87) took 47th place.

Eighth grader Cameron Anderson had the best finish for Park, taking 20th place overall with a time of 16:43.24, followed by freshman Bailey Aasen, who took 29th place with a time of 16:57.80. Also, junior Larissa Lurken earned 34th place with a time of 17:16.61, junior Brooke Anderson was 35th place in 17:57.99 and junior Annie Lisson finished in 61st place with a 19:12.57 time.

Next, East Ridge and Woodbury travel to St. Olaf College on Friday, Sept. 16, and Park is at Anoka on Thursday, Sept. 15.