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Boys track: Irish second in the Lake

The Rosemount boys track and field team has certainly set the bar high in recent seasons.

When the Irish finished a close second in last week's Lake Conference relays, it was an example of how high. Anything less than team victories seems bittersweet.

"We're fine, it was close," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli offered as his assessment on the meet. "Obviously we put together a plan and did what we could to try and win it. Some thing didn't go our way. It happens. It's part of it. I guess we can be happy with second; most people would be. I guess we've just been spoiled. We've won some big things."

The Irish scored 122 points to finish second, just four points behind Eden Prairie's winning total. The tight finish makes it harder to let go for Rosemount.

"That's the problem," Hatleli said. "When it's that close you start to dissect things. Could we have done better here? Could we have done better there? You can drive yourself crazy doing that."

The athletes didn't offer many opportunities for second-guessing.

Zach Vraa won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

Rosemount won the 4x800 relay with Matthew Mills, Jonathan Sampers, Chandler Dye and Chris Mergens combining on the winning effort. The Irish also placed second in the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events.

"We've got a lot of guys and a lot of depth," Hatleli said. "We spread guys out but are still competitive. Whenever it comes to depth, we do pretty well at it."

Brandt Berghuis won the shot put with teammate Joe Bjorklund placing second. Joe Malicki finished eighth. Berghuis also placed third in the discus. Bjorklund was fourth in the discus.

Goaner Deng crossed the line in second in the 400 with Andrew Hausmann taking fourth. Hausmann was also fifth in the 200 and seventh in the triple jump.

Myles Phillips backed up Hausmann in the 200 with an eighth-place finish.

Dye finished third in the 800 with Sampers placing sixth.

Shane McCallum was third in the 1,600 and seventh in the 3,200. Nathan Rock finished eighth in the 3,200.

Vraa wasn't the only hurdler breaking through into the finals. Tyler Rich was seventh in the 110 hurdles and Conor Manning was seventh in the 300 hurdles.

Jacob Nelson and Tony Marthaler tied for seventh in the pole vault. Phong Dovu was eighth in the long jump.