Track and field: Irish athletes do well at Hamline
All four area track teams emerged from talented fields to crown champions at Friday’s Hamline Elite Meet.
Rosemount thrower Payton Otterdahl swept the throwing events, defending state hurdle champion Rachel Schow set a new meet record in the 300 hurdles, Farmington distance runner Justin Hyytinen set a meet and school record in the 1,600 and the Tiger girls 4x200 pulled away for a victory on the Klas Field track in St. Paul.
Otterdahl’s big throws resulted in a pair of new personal records. His shot put toss of 58 feet, ¾ of an inch bested second place by over a foot and his discus spin of 167-9 won the event by four feet.
Schow slipped to fourth behind a record-setting field in the 100 hurdles, but came back to win the 300 hurdles in a meet-record time of 43.87 seconds.
Hyytinen had the biggest breakout race of his career, defeating state champion Obsa Ali of Richfield by 61-hundredths of a second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:14.05. The five-second personal-best broke a 30-year-old Farmington school record. Hyytinen added a 13th-place time of 9:53.72 in the 3,200.
The Farmington girls took over four seconds off their seed time to win the 4x200 relay in 1:43.90. Senior Izzie Ferm, freshman Emma Record, sophomore Jennifer Miller and junior Megan Graham combined to edge Wayzata’s foursome by a third of a second.
The Rosemount girls added a ninth-place finish in the 4x200. Marisa Knott, Shae Buchman, Morgan Lawler and Jenna Eichten ran for the Irish. Josie French added a 15th-place finish in the 100.
The Tiger boys turned in five other place-winning performances, the best a third-place run by the 4x400 relay. Tanner Grubb placed fifth in the 200 in 22.59, Nehemiah Rockett (300 hurdles) and Wyatt Ferm (high jump) each provided sixth-place finishes and Devon Webb was ninth in the 800 final in 2:00.74.