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Boys track review: Boys are still strong at the end with coach's 'best team'

Rosemount boys track and field coach Jay Hatleli has had many talented teams and individuals the past few seasons.

He's had a state championship team and several state champion individuals.

With the high expectations and precedent set by previous teams, a sixth-place finish at this year's state meet might seem a letdown.

Hatleli views this season a bit differently.

"We had a good season," Hatleli said. "We had a lot of talent coming back and tried to do the most with it. We had some good times and a lot of success, but there were so many near-misses it's hard to frame the whole thing.

"I still think this is the best team I've ever had. As a team and as individuals I think this was some of the best competitions we've seen. We don't have a state championship to hang our hat on, but I still feel this is my best team."

There were enough accolades to support the claim.

Rosemount sent the most athletes to state in team history. Senior Zach Vraa won a state title in the 110-meter high hurdles.

The 4x400 relay team of Andrew Hausmann, Chris Mergens, Chandler Dye and Vraa took second place to earn all-state honors.

Vraa was all-state in three events. Brandt Berghuis was all-state in the shot put and discus. Hausmann was also all-state in the triple jump.

The Irish won the section True Team title and were runner-up in the True Team state meet. They were second place in the Lake Conference and were section champions.

Vraa, Berghuis, Hausmann, Dye, Shane McCallum, Joe Bjorklund and Goaner Deng were all-conference.

Conor Manning, Tyler Rich, John Sampers and Kyle Mills were all-conference honorable mention.

Just more expectations to live up to next season for the Irish.

"It's fun trying," Hatleli said. "I'd rather be in that situation than the other."