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Boys track and field: Irish third at Prior Lake

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The Rosemount boys track team officially began its outdoor season with a third-place finish in windy conditions last Tuesday at the Prior Lake Invite.

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The Irish scored 92 points to finish right in the middle of the five-team field. Prior Lake outscored Blaine 126 ½-96 ½ for the team title.

Four Rosemount athletes won events. Returning all-state thrower Payton Otterdahl turned in a solid scoring double with a first-place toss of 54-2 in the shot put and a second-place spin of 146-4 in the discus.

Tray Ashby-Phan and Grant Jackson crossed the finish line 1-2 in the 200-meter dash and Sam Ivanecky and Alex Berhe provided a sweep in the distance races, with Ivanecky winning a closely-contested 1,600 in 4:40.33 and Berhe pacing a 1-2-3 Irish finish in the 3,200 with a 10:18 clocking. Teammate Cody Sedbrook was second and Ryan Condon was close behind in third.

The Irish totaled four runner-up finishes, including a pair from Cole Jalivay. He was second in the 110 hurdles in 16.67 seconds and in the long jump with a leap of 20-6 ½. Zach Zweber won silver in the triple jump with a mark of 40-10 and the 4x200 raced home in a second-place time of 1:34.25.

The Irish added a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay and fourth-place efforts in both the 4x400 and 4x800.

Treigh French was third in the 400 and Luke Anderson broke five minutes while placing fifth in the 1,600. Michael Sampers and Owen Peterson placed 6-7 in the 800 with matching times of 2:08.

“We had some nice performances in very windy conditions. I like the way our guys competed. We have a few holes to fill in our true team line-up and we are working this week to shore up those deficiencies,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “We will have some surprises in the coming weeks of the people that will fill those spots.”

The Irish traveled to Farmington for a meet on Tuesday. Tomorrow they compete in another meet at Wayzata.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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