Boys track: South Suburban supremacy
In 2009, Rosemount captured its second Lake Conference boys track title in its 23rd year in the league.
It took just three years in the South Suburban Conference for the Irish to match that total. Thanks to three relay victories, three individual first-place finishes and a collection of other medal-winning efforts, the Irish scored 122 ½ points to outscore runner-up Eastview by 15 last Wednesday at Eagan High School.
"Our team bounced back nicely from the state True Team meet," said coach Jay Hatleli, whose team placed sixth in its eighth True Team trip in nine years. "We got some big points where we expected -- Payton Otterdahl in the throws, Trevor Capra in the distance events, and our four relays. The team got solid points from consistent contributors all season like Austin Leslie in the throws and Grant Jackson in the sprints. We also had guys like Dan Monson, Cole Jalivay, Alex Berhe, Cody Sedbrook, Zach Zweber, Eric Udermann, and Matt Walls who picked up points that we thought were possible, but not guaranteed."
The Irish started their relay domination with the 4x800, where Luke Anderson, Sam Ivanecky, Kwame Owusu and Aaron Elizondo combined on a time of 8 minutes, 11.23 seconds to win by nearly four seconds.
The sprint relays followed suit. Preston Webb, Tray Ashby-Phan, Grant Jackson and Tegan Overbey combined on a winning 43.43 clocking in the 4x100 and Ashby-Phan, Webb, Ryan Fox and Christian Hummelgard nipped second-place Eagan with a 1:32.10 in the 4x200.
The 4x400 relay nearly completed the sweep, placing second just over a second off the pace of first-place Bloomington Jefferson despite running in the first heat. Owusu, Elizondo, Jordon Herbranson and Treighton French combined on a time of 3:31.85.
Individual conference champions Capra and Otterdahl combined to supply 35 points for the Irish with their four place-winning performances. Capra captured the conference title in the 3,200 with a time of 9:38 and added a winning 4:29.92 effort in the 1,600. Otterdahl won the shot put by over two feet with a heave of 55 feet, 5 ¼ inches -- Leslie placed fifth and Walls seventh -- and took fourth with a spin of 149-6 in the discus, just ahead of teammates Leslie and Udermann in fifth and seventh, respectively.
The Irish also placed three athletes in the 3,200. Alexander Berhe backed Capra with a fifth-place time of 9:54.06 that was a 15-second personal-best and Cody Sedbrook shaved nearly 30 seconds off his seed time with a seventh-place 9:57.78.
Two Rosemount runners placed in each of the sprint finals. Jackson was one of four runners to break the conference record in the 200 with a second-place time of 22.11 and added a seventh-place 11.23 in the 100. Webb placed fifth in the 200 and Ashby-Phan was eighth in the 100 final.
Hummelgard once again contributed a pair of high finishes in the hurdles. He was fifth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the 110 highs.
Herbranson added a fifth-place effort in the 400 with a time of 52.66.
Three other Irish athletes scored points in the field events. Jalivay placed sixth in the long jump, Monson was seventh in the high jump and Zweber earned seventh in the triple jump.
The Irish compete in the Section 3AA Championships at the University of St. Thomas. The finals are this afternoon.
"Our main goal is to qualify as many individuals and relays as possible," Hatleli said.