Boys track and field: Irish earn another South Suburban title
Rosemount started strong and never looked back en route to defending its South Suburban Conference championship last week.
The Irish won three out of the five final events on the first day of the meet last Tuesday at Eastview High School and qualified individuals in every track event through the prelims and into Wednesday’s finals. Three more event victories and a plethora of other place-winning performances Wednesday led to a winning total of 166 ¼ points that bettered runner-up Apple Valley by 30.
“We opened the meet with a fantastic first day in the five finals events and the preliminaries,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “We had victories in the shot put and triple jump and a 1-2 finish pole vault. The 3,200 added a second, fourth and sixth.”
The shot put victory came from senior Payton Otterdahl, who broke Irish alum Joe Bjorklund’s conference meet record with a toss of 57 feet, 10 ½ inches. For good measure, Otterdahl added a winning spin of 179-8 in the discus that broke coach Tom Conboy’s school record and bested the South Suburban record by over 14 feet.
In the triple jump, Zach Zweber topped his previous season best by over two feet to win with a leap of 44-10 ¼. Pole vaulter Jaym Ogren continued his strong season by clearing 12-6 and teammate Dan Kleiber was right behind with a mark of 12-3.
Alex Berhe led the 3,200 runners with a runner-up time of 9:54 and Cody Sedbrook and Ryan Condon joined him in the top six. Berhe and Sam Ivanecky went on to place 2-3 in the 1,600 and Ivanecky captured an individual title in the 800 with a time of 2:01.20.
Ivanecky closed out the meet by contributing to the Irish’s sixth gold-medal-winning performance and lone relay title, running a leg of the 4x400. Ivanecky, Aaron Elizondo, Treighton French and Josiah Mann combined for a first-place time of 3:30.03.
The Irish 4x800 added a second-place finish. The 4x100 edged Eagan for third and the 4x200 came in fifth.
“Day 2 went really well. Our relays were solid, track events were solid and field events were solid,” Hatleli said.
Grant Jackson, Tray Ashby-Phan and Gavin Rudoll competed in the 4x100 and all three also cracked the top six in the 100. Jackson broke his own school record with a time of 10.89 seconds, Ashby-Phan placed fourth in 10.94 and Rudoll was sixth in 11.15. Jackson added another runner-up effort in the 200 where he ran a season-best 22.26 and Rudoll won a silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 20-3 ½.
Elsewhere in the field events, Nick Floeder placed seventh in the shot put. Eighth-place finishes were turned in by Dan Monson in the high jump, Cole Jalivay in the long jump and Craig Szymanski in the discus.
Jalivay added an eighth-place run in the 110 hurdles finals. Zweber paced the Irish with a fifth-place run showing in the 300 hurdles.
Other point-scoring finishes came from Elizondo in the 400 (4th), Luke Anderson in the 800 (6th) and French in the 400 (7th).
The Irish compete again today in the finals of the Section 3AA Championships at St. Thomas.
“We now turn our attention to qualifying as many individuals and relays as possible for the state meet,” Hatleli said.