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Boys track: Irish try to get on track

The boys track team finally got to run some races last week.

The Rosemount boys track and field team is like many of the state's spring sports teams, anxious to compete thanks to a schedule that has been abbreviated due to poor weather.

The Irish finally got their chance last week -- after a cancellation and rescheduling, of course -- when they hosted a few teams for an impromptu fill-in meet.

Rosemount's boys couldn't wait for their chance to face other teams.

"The weather was poor again, but I felt like our guys were looking forward to competing anyway," Irish coach Jay Hatleli said. "I don't think high school kids anxious for competition care as much about the weather as adults do."

The Irish hosted the meet and invited schools looking to compete. The event was a chance to make up for meets that had been cancelled. No team scoring was recorded, and some events were not run, but individuals had their chances in many open events.

Rosemount's individuals shined in their chance at a competition.

The meet opened with Grant Jackson taking fourth and Christian Hummelgard following in fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles.

Myles Phillips won the 100 dash with Colton Crow placing fifth and Tegan Overby taking sixth.

Rosemount also won the 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

The Irish distance crew has been strong early this season, partially due to practicing through the poor weather.

In the 1,600 run, Shane McCallum placed second for Rosemount, followed by Nathan Rock in third, Calvin Lehn in fourth and Chris Mergens in fifth. Randall Brumm was seventh.

In the 3,200, Chandler Dye crossed the line first and Tyler Henkemeyer placed second.

Overby came back and took second place in the 400 dash.

In the 300 hurdles, Shane Ringkob took second and Nicholas Liska placed third. Bryce Wilberding added a fifth-place finish.

Sam Temple won the 800 and was followed across the line by teammates John Evenocheck (second place) and Goaner Deng (third).

"Sam Temple has been a very nice addition to our team this year," Hatleli said. "He gives us added depth in everything from the 400 to the 1,600."

Colton Crow added a win in the 200 and Sal Mohamed was sixth.

Marius Lewis won the triple jump. Ryan Vick was second in the pole vault.

In the shot put, Joe Bjorklund placed second. Preston Webb was fifth and Joe Malicki finished in sixth.

Bjorklund added a second-place finish in the discus, followed by Ben Rossini in third and Austin Leslie in sixth.

"Our veterans such as Joe Bjorklund, Shane McCallum and Myles Phillips continue to lead the way," Hatleli said. "But we're pretty excited about the depth that is developing."

Rosemount is scheduled to host a meet tomorrow starting at 4 p.m.

"We're heading into the heart of the scheduled by the end of this week and into next," Hatleli said.