Boys track: Irish gear up for season at Eastview
A Rosemount boys track team with plenty of new faces had a dress rehearsal of sorts at last Thursday's Eastview Invitational.
No official results were kept and coaches kept times for their own athletes via stop watch as the Irish got on the track for the first time this spring in Apple Valley.
"I thought our guys did a great job of preparing themselves for the first competition of the year. The first meet of the year is sometimes as much about finding a uniform that fits and getting the right spikes in your shoes as it is running a fast time ... especially for the freshmen," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "Our upperclassmen did a great job of setting an example of how to get ready to compete well."
Rosemount's two returning state qualifiers were among those setting the pace. State long jump competitor Phong Dovu and teammate Darrell Hunt each posted impressive jumps of 20-7 and returning state 800 runner Chandler Dye won the 1,600 with a 59-second final lap and ran a leg of the 4x800 relay.
Dye was one of six Irish runners to break five minutes in the 1,600. Calvin Lehn was second, followed by Trevor Capra, who ran a personal-best 4:40 to place fifth; Sam Ivanecky, who clocked in at 4:49; Ryan Brumm (4:58); and Luke Anderson (4:59).
"I'm as excited as I've ever been with the state of our program," Hatleli said. "We have some older guys that have stepped up and turned themselves into great athletes. We also have as deep and talented of a ninth grade class as we've probably ever had."
The Irish competed in their first counting meet of the season Tuesday at Prior Lake. Results will appear in next week's edition of the Town Pages.