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Rosemount’s Cole Jalivay runs to first place in the 110 hurdles at Friday’s Jim Sauer Invitational. The Irish won four events and had 32 top-five finishes while winning the meet for the ninth straight year.

Track and field: Irish win Jim Sauer Invitational

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Rosemount’s ninth straight team title at the Jim Sauer Invitational came in convincing fashion Friday afternoon.


With just four teams entered in the 41st-annual meet, the Irish piled up 32 top-five finishes and pulled away from the rest of the field at Irish Stadium with 250 points. North was second with 179 ½ points, followed by Woodbury with 149 ½ and Plainview-Elgin-Millville with 101.

“We had solid performances across the board,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said.

Despite missing Payton Otterdahl, who was busy sweeping the shot put and discus at the Hamline Elite Meet, the Irish scored big points in the throwing events. In the discus, Eric Udermann, Craig Szymanski and Kyle Liermann posted a 1-2-4 finish, and in the shot put Nick Floeder, Jiren Williams and Nathan Plouffe placed 2-3-4.

“We didn't miss a beat with some major personal bests in the throws areas,” Hatleli said. “Udermann, Syzmanski, and Liermann continue to show improvement and provide throwing depth.”

Udermann’s toss was one of four gold-medal efforts for the Irish. Cole Jalivay and Nate Sackett led a 1-2-5-6 finish in the 100 high hurdles, Dan Monson and Kai Halverson were 1-3 with matching 5-8 jumps in the high jump and Zach Zweber won the triple jump with a leap of 42-2 ¼.

Other field event scoring came courtesy of a 4-6 finish from Josiah Mann and Jalivay in the long jump and a fifth-place pole vault performance by Daniel Kleiber.

Zweber went on to lead a 2-4-6 Irish showing in the 300 hurdles.

The Irish had four other second-place finishes on the track. Tray Ashby-Phan edged Grant Jackson 11.03-11.04 during a 2-3 finish in the 100, and the sprint tandem swapped places for another 2-3 showing in the 200. Aaron Elizondo led a 2-3-4 Irish finish in the 400 and Luke Anderson and Zaffer Hussein reached the finish second and third, respectively, in the 1,600.

Ryan Condon led a 4-5-6 finish in the 800 and Ryan Schneider was fifth in the 3,200.

The Irish’s top relay finishes came from the 4x800 and 4x400, which each placed second.

The team is hoping to get back on the track for a South Suburban Conference meet this week at Prior Lake.

“The weather doesn't look favorable this week for the conference relays, but we hope to get that meet in and see where we stand heading into the section true team meet,” Hatleli said.

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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