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Track: Sprint depth emerges at Select Meet
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The Rosemount boys track team showed depth in the sprints, distance races, jumps and throws Saturday at the St. Thomas Select Meet.

The team competed for the first time this season on the 200-meter indoor track after practicing mostly in the gyms and hallways of Rosemount High School the previous two weeks.


"We got spoiled last year, but this is Minnesota and our guys are preparing the best they can for the season," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "The guys are working hard preparing for the upcoming meets. Early season workouts and the first meet indicate we should be very competitive in the true team and conference meets."

One area where some of the team's newfound depth surprised Hatleli was in the sprints. In the 55-meter dash, five runners broke seven seconds. Teagan Overby and Sal Mohamed placed 1-3 in the senior division and Tray Ashby-Phan and Grant Jackson were 1-3 in the junior race. Track newcomer Dimitri Williams added a fifth-place finish in the sophomore race.

"The 55-meter dash really gave me some optimism for the season in the sprint area," Hatleli said. "We should be able to put together some formidable relays with those kinds of efforts."

In the 200, Overby placed second in 23.56 and James Nguyen came in sixth in 24.81. Grant Jackson and Ryan Fox came in 2-4 in the junior race and Jacob Mann was fifth in the sophomore race.

Eric Heimendinger was the team's top finisher in the 400 with a fifth-place time of 55.45 and Aaron Elizondo ran 2:10 in the 800.

The Irish's depth was no surprise in the 1,600, where seven runners broke the five-minute barrier. Trevor Capra broke Chadler Dye's indoor school record and his own personal-best time from the previous year with a third-place 4:27 clocking in the senior race and cross country teammate Alex Berhe headed up the rest of the distance crew with a fourth-place 4:42 in the sophomore race.

The Irish distance medley also combined for a winning time of 11:25.

In the shot put, four Rosemount throwers broke 37 feet. Spencer Ducote led the way with a fourth-place toss of 42-11.

Mohamed led three place-winning Irish long jumpers with a fifth-place leap of 19-7. Cole Jalivay won the junior competition at 19-3 and Williams leaped 18-2.

Kai Halverson and Jalivay finished 4-5 in the junior 55-meter hurdle race.

The Irish are hoping to host a scrimmage today at Irish Stadium. Their first official outdoor meet is set for Tuesday at Prior Lake.

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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