Cross country: Irish three-peat in SSC
A wave of navy blue and gold flooded across the finish line near the front of the pack in the boys race at Friday's South Suburban Conference Championships.
At that point, the official results were just a formality. Seven Rosemount runners had sprinted across the finish line among the top 25 finishers in the 88-runner field - including the last five in a 15-second span - giving the eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Irish their third straight conference title in convincing fashion, 51-92 over runner-up Burnsville in action outside Eagan High School. No. 12-ranked Eastview was third with 93 points.
"We ran a real solid race. We had just over a 40-second gap between our five scoring runners. That spread is easily our best of the season for 5,000 meters," veteran Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. "The guys really competed well down the stretch. We won a lot of head-to-head battles down the stretch, including some that included large packs."
Senior Trevor Capra led the Irish with a third-place time of 16 minutes, 34 seconds, on the 5,000-meter course. He once again earned all-conference honors and became the first Rosemount runner to be part of three conference championship teams.
Teammate Sam Ivanecky joined Capra in the top 10 with a sixth-place time of 16:58. The rest of the Irish pack was just over 15 seconds back, starting with Ryan Brumm in a 12th-place time of 17:14. Tommy Linder was 14th in 17:15.6 and Alex Behre 16th in 17:15.9.
Ryan Condon followed with a 22nd-place time of 17:25 and Luke Anderson was 24th in 17:29. The Irish had the highest-finishing No. 4, 5, 6 and 7 runners in the 10-team field.
The Irish finished fifth out of 10 teams in the girls portion of the meet with 151 points. Eagan placed four runners in the top 10 to defeat runner-up Lakeville South, 34-57.
Sophomore Liz Evenocheck led the team with a 14th-place time of 15:34 on the 4,000-meter course.
Hannah Grim also cracked the top 20. She was just three seconds back with a 17th-place time of 15:37.
A pair of seniors followed with Taylor Rambo coming in 31st in 16:03 and Taybri Irving taking 38th in 16:22. Natalie Narloch served as the No. 5 runner with a 51st-place time of 17:00.
Lizzie Thooft (57th, 17:15) and Sydney Regalado (58th, 17:26) also competed.
"Our girls as a team improved the second meet in a row. We had nice racing up front with Liz, Hannah, and Taylor. Taybri and Double N (Narloch) moved up well the second part of the race," Harder said. "We also got a pleasant surprise from Lizzy Thooft as her fitness continues to improve after not being able to run all summer from a gymnastics injury."
The Irish don't compete again until next Thursday at the Section 3AA Championships at Valleywood Golf Course.