Record turnout at Irish alumni cross country meet
There were split results in the Rosemount High School cross country team's 15th annual competition between varsity athletes and alumni. The girls varsity beat the alumni despite a dominant performance by 2005 graduate Heather Dorniden, but the alumni men overcame the absence of four-time defending champion Jordan Carlson to top their varsity counterparts and take an 8-7 lead in the overall series.
Dorniden, an NCAA champion running for the University of Minnesota and a current professional with Team USA Minnesota, finished the two-mile race in 11 minutes, 23 seconds, to beat her own meet record by 27 seconds. But the varsity girls had the next two runners across the line with Hannah Grim and Tori Grund, who each came in at 12:29. Top community finisher Sara Sailer, alum Michaela McLaughlin and varsity runners Thana Hussein, Taylor Rambo, Elizabeth Evenocheck, Emily Davis and Laura Dennis rounded out the top 10.
The varsity girls, ranked 12th in the state to start the season, defeated the alumni team for the 12th time in 13 tries.
The alumni men beat the Irish varsity 21-36 with recent graduates Shane McCallum and Chris Massey finishing 1-2. McCallum reached the finish in 10:09, five seconds ahead of Massey. Senior Calvin Lehn was the top varsity finisher for the Irish, who are ranked third in the state to start the season.
The rest of the top 10 alternated between alumni and varsity runners. Alum Tim Kojetin came in fourth, followed by Nathan Rock, Kyle Rosseau, Chandler Dye, Jason Quarford, Trevor Capra and Kyle Mills.
"We were very pleased and encouraged by the results of both the girls and boys teams," Rosemount head coach Chris Harder said. "There was some spirited competition up front and both teams displayed some depth. We are looking forward to the next two-week training phase in preparation of the Irish Invitational. The alumni and community provided a race-like atmosphere so we could get an accurate gauge on our fitness at this point in the season. We will use that information to determine proper training pace and progression of future workouts."
This year's event drew a record-setting participation, with 47 women and 85 men in the field. There were also 29 kids in a youth race that wrapped up the competition.