Boys track: Apple Valley edges Rosemount, 127 - 125Dye, Hunt and the 4x400 won conference championships at Burnsville
By: Matt Steichen, Rosemount Town Pages
Rosemount boys track coach Jay Hatleli felt his athletes did everything they could to defend their South Suburban Conference title during Wednesday’s finals at the league meet in Burnsville.
A victory in the meet-closing 4x400 relay left the Irish in second place with 125 points, two points off the pace of champion Apple Valley.
“I felt like the guys that competed in finals on the second day of the meet did everything they could to make a run at winning the meet. We maximized our opportunities and scored a lot of points that maybe we weren’t expected to score,” Hatleli said. “In a conference meet, most teams are very good and the margin of error between winning and second place is usually very, very small. We came out on the wrong side of a close meet this time, but I think we’ll learn from it and position ourselves to make a run at the championship next season.”
Tuesday’s preliminaries didn’t go quite as well. The Irish narrowly missed making the finals in several events, costing them more chances to score later in the meet.
“We left some things on the table on the first day. I don’t fault anybody’s effort or desire, but we came up short in a couple of spots where we could have used guys in finals,” Hatleli said. “We missed finals by .03 in the 400 and .04 in the 400. There were a couple of other areas as well where we could have used a guy or two in finals to scrap for some more points the second day of the meet.”
Senior standout Chandler Dye was part of two of the Irish’s three first-place finishes. He led a 1-3-5 finish in the 1,600, along with teammates Calvin Lehn and Nathan Rock, and came back to place second in the 800.
Dye closed out the meet by teaming up with Charlie Broback, Kyle Johnson and Tegan Overbey to edge second-place Prior Lake by seven-hundredths of a second in the 4x400.
“(Dye’s) 1,600 meter race was impressive, but it may have been more impressive that he was able to come back an run as well as he did in the 800 against a very good field made up of guys that were mostly fresh,” Hatleli said.
Senior Darrell Hunt also came from behind to claim victory, jumping 21 feet, 3 1/2 inches on his final jump to win the long jump by three-fourths of an inch. He also combined with Salih Mohamed, Preston Webb and Overbey on a third-place finish in the 4x100.
Webb teamed up with Grant Jackson, Jordan Herbranson and Ryan Fox for a runner-up showing in the 4x200. The Irish also got second-place finishes from Lehn in the 3,200 (Rock followed in third and Trevor Capra was seventh), Marius Lewis in the triple jump and Johnson in the 400.
Lewis added seventh-place finish in the long jump and settled for eighth in the 200 finals after suffering an injury. Teammate Keijuan Brown emerged to place third in the high jump with a leap of 6-3, a five-inch personal record.
The 4x800 team of Kwame Owusu, Luke Anderson, Tim Sampers and Michael Koziol also placed third.
Overbey added a sixth-place run in the 100 and Phong DoVu was eighth in the pole vault.