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Preston Webb competes during an exhibition meet last week.

Boys track: Trojans edge Irish 53-51 in Collegeville

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Boys track: Trojans edge Irish 53-51 in Collegeville
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Another round of snow forced the Rosemount boys track team to take a long road trip to St. John's University in Collegeville for its dual meet with Wayzata Friday afternoon.

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The Trojans came out on top 53-51 on the 200-meter indoor track in the Donald McNeely Spectrum Fieldhouse.

"We wouldn't normally drive up to St. John's in April, but given the spring we needed a competitive environment and we found it with a strong Wayzata team," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "Our main objective is to see where our training is at and the caps we need to fill before the section true team meet in a couple weeks. Overall, I am pleased with our progress considering we have not been on the track much."

The Irish finished 1-2 in three of the meet's 12 events. Nate Sackett and Kai Halverson took the top two spots in the 60-meter hurdles, Payton Otterdahl and Austin Leslie bested the rest of the field in the shot put and Tray Ashby-Phan and Grant Jackson reached the finish first and second in the 60-meter dash. Ashby-Phan's time of 7.11 seconds set a new Rosemount school record.

In the 200, Jackson and Ashby-Phan came in 4-5 behind teammate Preston Webb's third-place time of 23.89.

Sal Mohamed added a first-place leap of 19 feet, 10 1/4 inches for the Irish in the long jump. Elsewhere in the field events, Halvorson placed second in the high jump, Kwame Owusu cleared 11 feet for second in the pole vault and Zach Zweber (triple jump), Josiah Mann (long jump) and Matt Walls (shot put) each tacked on third-place efforts.

Trevor Capra added a runner-up showing in the 1,600 with a time of 4:33. Joseph Manders was fourth in 4:45 and Luke Anderson was right behind in 4:46.

In the 3,200, Ryan Brumm led the Irish with a personal-best time of 10:04 that was good enough for fifth.

Aaron Elizondo added a fifth-place 2:07 clocking in the 800. He teamed up with Owusu, Donovan Dendtler and Treighton French for a second-place finish in the 4x400.

The Irish are hoping the latest snowfall will melt in time for them to host the Irish Invitational tomorrow afternoon.

"We are really looking forward to solid week of training leading up to that meet. I can't emphasize enough the work ethic and positive attitude this group has shown despite the weather," Hatleli said. "All teams are experiencing the weather frustration, but we feel our guys are managing the situation well. We anticipate the results will show when spring finally arrives."

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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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