Boys cross country: Irish own Applejack
The Rosemount boys cross country team executed its race strategy to perfection Friday afternoon at the Applejack Invitational.
The seventh-ranked Irish ran comfortably with the rest of the pack for the first half of the race before making their move on the second half of the 5,000-meter course at Aronson Park in Lakeville. By the time the Irish's five counting runners had reached the finish, they had moved up a combined 74 spots over the final two miles and defended their team title at the 20-team meet with a score of 80 points.
Twelfth-ranked White Bear Lake led 94-90 after two miles, but had to settle for a second-place total of 93 points. Minnetonka rounded out the top three with 124 points.
"The guys finished the race strong," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. "We won every head-to-head battle with White Bear in the last mile. To a man, we closed well."
Senior Trevor Capra gave the Irish the low top score they needed, placing fourth behind three of the state's premier runners with a time of 16:08.
A pair of sophomores provided the team's next two scores as Sam Ivanecky placed 11th in 16:38 and Alex Desbele turned in a 17th-place time of 16:50 in his first career varsity 5K.
Junior Cody Sedbrook and sophomore Ryan Brumm ran together throughout the race and push each other to 26th and 27th place, respectively. Sedbrook clocked in at 17:07 and Brumm came across the finish line in 17:08. They were the highest No. 4 and 5 runners in the meet.
Seniors Austin Rudoll (35th, 17:13) and Tommy Linder (56th, 17:39) also cracked the top half of the 133-runner field.
Rosemount also won the JV boys race with four runners placing in the top six.
Michael Sampers, Ryan Condon, Luke Anderson and Joe Manders all reached the finish in times between 17:24 and 17:30.
"We showed the level of our depth. Many of these guys could end up on the varsity squad by the end of the season," Harder said. "If anything, they will continue to push our varsity runners."
The Irish are back in action Saturday at the Apple Valley Invitational.