Boys track: Irish headed back to True Team StateThe defending True Team state champs won their seventh section title in eight years
By: Matt Steichen, Rosemount Town Pages
The True Team state champions will get the chance to defend their title.
The Rosemount boys track team outscored runner-up Apple Valley 850-808 1/2 and ran away from the rest of the field as it captured its seventh Section 3AAA True Team championship in eight years last Wednesday at Apple Valley.
“We’re thrilled with the way the meet played out. Apple Valley and Prior Lake have both shown that they have very good teams and were going to take a shot it. Our team stepped up and competed like we’ve become accustomed to when championships are on the line,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “I’ve had a sense all season that this group of guys has a lot of pride and wants to add to the tradition that a lot of guys who’ve come before them have established. As a coach, it was great to see the leadership in preparation that our team leaders have demonstrated.”
The Irish will be back at the True Team State Meet starting tomorrow in Stillwater. The team won titles in 2011 and 2009 and finished as state runners-up in 2010.
“I think we have a team that will be very competitive. It’s one of those situations where it becomes a game of matchups in all 18 events, and everybody at this level of competition is good,” Hatleli said. “Everybody’s margin of error as a team is very small at this meet. We’ve stepped up to the challenge in the past, and I don’t expect any less from our guys this time around.”
Chandler Dye supplied the Irish’s lone first-place finish in the 1,600, where he reached the tape in 4:24.11. It was one of seven of the meet’s 18 events where the team placed all three competitors in the top 10 as Dye led a 1-3-5 Irish finish. In the 3,200, Rosemount runners Calvin Lehn, Nathan Rock and Trevor Capra all came in under 9:45 in placing second, third and fourth, respectively.
The Irish were also strong up front in the field events, placing three athletes in the top seven in the long jump and triple jump and coming in fourth, seventh and ninth in the discus.
Sprinter Cole Jalivay led a 3-7-9 Irish finish in the 200 and Kyle Johnson spearheaded a 3-5-8 showing in the 400. The team’s deep crop of sprinters also proved valuable in the relays as the Irish placed second in the 4x100 and 4x200 and third in the 4x400.
The 4x800 also earned a runner-up finish.
Other event leaders for the meet champions were Tegan Overbey in the 100 (fifth), Dye in the 800 (second), Christian Hummelgard in the 300 hurdles (sixth) and 110 hurdles (10th), Ryan Vick in the pole vault (10th) and Matt Walls in the shot put (sixth).