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Boys track: Rosemount 6th at True Team state

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Rosemount had to make some major adjustments to its lineup just before the start of Friday night's Class 2A True Team state meet.

One of the team's fastest runners was ruled ineligible to compete in the meet, forcing head coach Jay Hatleli to adjust his relay lineups and move new runners in to fill each event. The Irish still managed to place sixth among the state's most talented teams in Stillwater, scoring 670 1/2 points, but may have missed a chance to make a run at fourth-place Mounds View (732 points) or even third-place Hopkins (736 1/2 points).

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Wayzata edged host Stillwater 830-807 for the team title.

"We had some great performances at the meet. We are not happy with a sixth place finish, but we are happy with the way the guys competed as a team,"?Hatleli said. "Some unfavorable news before the meet started hurt our chances, but our alternates stepped in to negate some of the lost points. We had to alter our lineup in at least five events on the fly and I was proud of how alternates had themselves prepared to compete at a moment's notice."

The Irish had some of their best performances of the night in those revamped relays. The 4x100 and 4x200 each placed second, with Preston Webb joining Dimitri Williams, Grant Jackson and Tegan Overbey in the 4x100 and Jordan Herbranson, Ryan Fox and Christian Hummelgard in the 4x200.

The 4x800 foursome of Luke Anderson, Aaron Elizondo, Sam Ivanecky and Kwame Owusu added a third-place effort and the 4x400 -- featuring Ivanecky, Herbranson, Treigh French and Eric Heimendinger -- was fifth against a talented field in 3:33.66.

Hummelgard, thrower Payton Otterdahl and distance runner Trevor Capra each came through with a pair of top-10 individual finishes. Hummelgard was sixth in the 300 hurdles in 41.47 and ninth in the 110 hurdles in 16.03.

Otterdahl won the discus with a toss of 159 feet, 1 inch, and placed third in the shot put at 54-7 1/2 and Capra took fifth in the 3,200 in 9:40 and sixth in the 1,600 in 4:30.

Other top-10 finishes came from Zach Zweber in the triple jump (fourth, 41-1 1/4), Matt Walls in the shot put (fifth, 48-9), Jackson in the 200 (sixth, 22.66), Austin Leslie in the discus (ninth, 137-8) and Ivanecky in the 800 (10th, 2:03.64).

Alexander Berhe was 11th in the 3,200 in 10:01 and Jackson and Overbey placed 11-12 in the 100. Webb added a 12th-place finish in the 200 and Herbranson was 13th in the 400.

The Irish began prelims at the South Suburban Conference Championships Tuesday in Eagan and are now prepping for the Section 3AA meet beginning next Tuesday at the University of St. Thomas. Hatleli said his athletes were already looking ahead to the big week as they were leaving Friday's True Team state meet.

"Our guys on the bus after the meet said they are determined to come out this week and bring the conference title back to Rosemount after missing out by two points last year," he said. "After conference, we will focus on qualifying as many individuals and relays as we can to the MSHSL state meet."

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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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