Track: Sweet results at Sauer Invite
Rosemount took the early lead with a victory in the 4x800 relay and ran away with the team title at the 40th-annual Jim Sauer Invitational Friday afternoon at Irish Stadium.
Alex Berhe, Cody Sedbrook, Michael Sampers and Zaffer Hussein teamed up for the first-place finish, which was one of seven for the Irish. They outscored runner-up Woodbury 216-148 and North St. Paul finished third in the eight-team field with 122 1/2 points.
Payton Otterdahl was a double winner in the field events. He won the shot put by just over a foot with a toss of 48 feet, 10 inches, and spun the discus 138-8 to top teammate Austin Leslie by three feet. Leslie was also fourth in the shot put and Matthew Walls was fifth in both the shot and discus.
"The shot and discus continue to show positive results," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "Payton Otterdahl won both events, but our depth was more impressive."
The Irish also filled the top of the results sheet in the 400-meter dash where Salih Mohamed led a 1-2-3-4 finish with a time of 52.59 seconds. Jordan Herbranson, Treighton French and Eric Heimendinger all ran in the 53s.
In the 1,600, five of the top seven finishers wore the blue and gold of the Irish. Joseph Manders won in 4:40.94, four seconds ahead of teammate Luke Anderson in second. Sam Ivanecky was fourth, Ryan Condon placed sixth and Ryan Brumm seventh.
"They all ran negative splits with big last-lap kicks," Hatleli said. "They can run much faster times, but I liked the way they controlled the race and competed down the stretch."
Two other Rosemount runners were first to the finish line. Teagen Overby won the 100 with a time of 11.19 seconds that was the sixth fastest in school history and Kwame Owusu pulled away in the 800 in 2:03.62.
Overby was also part of the second-place 4x200 relay and Owusu placed third in the pole vault, clearing a personal-best 11-6.
The Irish also took runner-up honors in the 4x400.
Preston Webb contributed to the sprint relays and added a second-place individual effort in the 200. Teammate Ryan Fox was fifth.
James Nguyen paced the Irish in the hurdle races with a pair of third-place finishes and personal-best times. Nate Sackett was fifth in the 110 highs and Donovan Dendtler was fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Third-place finishes also came from Aaron Elizondo in the 800 and freshman Dan Monson in the high jump.
Zach Zweber paced the Irish with fifth-place showings in both the long jump (19-8 1/2) and triple jump (39-11).
Five events compete at Hamline Elite
While the rest of the Irish boys team was competing at the Jim Sauer Invitational Friday night, senior distance standout Trevor Capra was making the trip to St. Paul to compete in the Hamline Elite Meet.
Coming off an indoor school-record time in the mile at the St. Thomas Select meet, Capra ran the eighth-fastest time in school history to place 12th against the best competition from around the state in the 3,200. He entered with a seed time of 9:35 and cut just over two seconds to finish in 9:33.09.
The Rosemount girls qualified four events and were led by Rachel Schow's second-place finish in the 110 hurdles. Schow and meet champion Mia Barron of Minnetonka both finished with times of 15.26 seconds, but Barron came out ahead when the times were calculated to the thousandths. Schow also finished ahead of Farmington's defending state hurdles champion Nadia Lorencz for the second straight meet.
"She only started hurdling a year ago, so she improves every time she races," coach Sara Hatleli said.
Schow also placed sixth in the 300 hurdles in 47.31 and joined teammates Daria Cathey, Josie French and Ellie Vraa for a fourth-place finish in the 4x100 relay.
Katie Duff added a 10th-place spin of 114-11 in the discus.
"We're excited to see what they can all do the rest of this season," Hatleli said.