Boys track and field: Irish third at True Team state meet
The Rosemount boys track team had another strong showing at the Class 3A True Team state meet Friday in Stillwater.
The Irish, led by their deep group of sprinters and a pair of throwing titles from senior Payton Otterdahl, finished in third place out of nine teams with 743 points. Wayzata dominated the meet, outscoring runner-up Mounds View 946 ½-807 ½, and the Irish followed with their sixth top-three finish in the last 10 years.
“This is the meet we point to all season. The guys had solid performances. It is about what we had on paper for the meet. Even though we were way down on paper, we tried to create a line-up that could try to win the meet,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “Our goal was to win the meet, but Wayzata was clearly the dominant team and Mounds View performed well. Stillwater was in range of us for the final trophy, but we held firm down the stretch in the 3,200 and actually picked up 20 points on them in the 4x400.”
The 4x400 closed out the meet with a second-place run of 3 minutes, 29.15 seconds, just three-tenths of a second off the pace of champion Wayzata. The rest of the Irish relays were strong as well. The 4x100 placed third, the 4x200 sixth and the 4x800 fourth.
The individual sprints were another dependable source for points. Tray Ashby-Phan, Grant Jackson and Gavin Rudoll placed 2-3-11 in the 100 and Jackson and Rudoll came in 4-7 in the 200. Rudoll also provided a runner-up leap of 21-5 in the long jump.
Otterdahl posted yet another sweep of the throwing events, winning the shot put with a toss of 58-6 ½ and the discus with a spin of 168-9. He was joined by teammates in the top 10 in both events, with Nick Floeder placing seventh in the shot put and Eric Udermann coming in seventh in the discus.
Alex Berhe provided top-10 finishes in both distance races, coming in seventh in the 3,200 in 9:46.49 and ninth in the 1,600 in 4:29.08. Cody Sedbrook was 12th in the 3,200 and Sam Ivanecky placed ninth in the 800 and 10th in the 1,600.
Zach Zweber was part of a 7-11 Irish finish along with Dan Monson in the triple jump, and also came in 11th in the 300 hurdles.
Kai Halverson led the team in the 110 hurdles with a 10th-place finish, just ahead of Nate Sackett in 12th and Cole Jalivay in 13th. Jalivay tacked on another 13th-place effort in the long jump.
Aaron Elizondo added a fifth-place run in the 400.
The Irish were back on the track for the South Suburban Conference Championships Tuesday at Eastview.
“Now we set new goals for the rest of the season, which includes defending the South Suburban Conference championship,” Hatleli said. “We expect our team to battle to the end and represent our community well.”