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Boys track: Sprints, jumps shine at indoor meet

Rosemount’s Luke Anderson takes off in the 800-meter run at last Wednesday’s St. Thomas indoor.

Strong finishes in the sprints and vertical jumps highlighted the Rosemount boys track team’s first competition of the season last Wednesday at the St. Thomas Grade Level Showcase indoor meet.

Senior Tray Ashby-Phan sprinted to two of the team’s five first-place finishes, winning the 55-meter dash in 6.58 seconds and the 200 in 23.64. He was just off the pace of Rosemount’s indoor school records in both events.

“He looked really smooth in his two dashes. He was the class of the field in both races,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “We are really solid in the sprints right now, but we need a few additions to bolster our lineup with the relays outdoors.”

The Irish also look to be in good shape in the jumping events thanks to a strong start to the season from Zach Zweber. The junior set a new school indoor record with a winning leap of 43 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump and added a third-place effort of 20 feet in the long jump.

“To go 43-2 and 20-0 early in the season really strengthens our true team lineup,” Hatleli said. “We have other guys developing that will be ready, but it is always nice to have a guy put some quality marks up early.”

The Irish nabbed another first-place finish in the 400 where Treigh French cut nearly four seconds off his time from the beginning of last season with a 53.28 clocking. Jordan Herbrandson was sixth in 56.08.

“That was a pleasant surprise. [French] worked out tirelessly over the winter months to prepare,” Hatleli said. “We expected him to contribute big this season, but a low 53 in the first meet topped our expectations.”

Zaffer Hussein added a first-place time of 2:09.52 in the sophomore 800.

Second-place individual finishes came from Kai Halverson in the 55 hurdles (8.46) and high jump (5-8), Luke Anderson in the senior 800 (2:10) and Alex Berhe in the junior 1,600 (4:44.34).

Sam Ivanecky clocked in at 2:06.23 to take third in the junior 800 and joined Berhe, Michael Sampers and Ryan Condon for a second-place effort in the distance medley relay.

The Irish compete again Tuesday at the Prior Lake Invite. It will begin what Hatleli expects to be another successful outdoor season.

“We will have nearly two weeks until our next competition. We expect to build on our training and welcome back many from spring break,” he said. “The pieces are falling in place to make a deep run in the True Team and MSHSL meets.”