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Irish track takes third at True Team State

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The True Team scoring system once again played to the strength of the Rosemount boys track team at Friday's Class 3A True Team State Championships.

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The deep Irish placed athletes among the leaders in the sprints, distance races, relays, throws and jumps as they cracked the top three for the fourth consecutive year with a third-place total of 716 points at Stillwater. The team won True Team state titles in 2009 and 2011 and finished as runner-up in 2010.

Minnetonka scored 889 1/2 points to claim the championship by 78 points over runner-up Wayzata.

Rosemount's traditionally-strong distance crew provided the biggest single-event point contribution. In the 3,200, Nathan Rock, Trevor Capra and Calvin Lehn finished 5-6-8 in times of 9:43, 9:43.33 and 9:43.45, respectively, and earned 65 points.

Another 59 points came in the 1,600, where Dye was second in 4:20.03, the third-fastest time in school history, Lehn followed in ninth in 4:24.22 and Rock placed 14th in 4:30.16.

Dye also placed seventh in the 800.

Rosemount placed two competitors in the top 10 in the triple jump and the long jump. In the triple jump, Marius Lewis was fourth with a jump of 43 feet 10 3/4 inches and Phong DoVu was ninth at 41-11 3/4. DoVu placed third in the long jump with a leap of 21-8, Darrell Hunt was eighth and Lewis 14th.

Hunt supplied the Irish's top open sprint finish with a third-place time of 11.61 in the 100. The sprinters also came through with the team's highest relay finish, coming in second place by eight-hundredths of a second. The 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 all came in fourth place out of nine teams.

Other top-10 individual finishes were turned in by Austin Leslie in the discus (sixth), Charlie Broback in the 400 (ninth) and Tegan Overbey in the 200 (10th).

Christian Hummelgard once again led the Irish in both hurdle races, placing 11th in the 300 hurdles and 13th in the 110 highs.

Setting the pace in the field events were Justin Johnson (shot put, 13th), Keijuan Brown (high jump, 12th) and Ryan Vick (pole vault, 15th).

The Irish are back in action this week at the South Suburban Conference Championships in Burnsville.

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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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