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Boys track: Irish win Sauer Invite

After bad weather disrupted the early part of the 2011 spring season, the Rosemount boys track and field team was itching for its first full meet.

The Irish were eager to show they have one of the top teams in the state this year.

What better way to show their progress than by defend the team title at their own home meet, the Jim Sauer Invitational.

With eight teams coming to Rosemount, the Irish won the team title of the Jim Sauer Invitational for the sixth straight year. Rosemount scored 178.71 points, well ahead of Eastview's second-place total of 137 points.

"We are happy to win our home invitational for the sixth year in a row," Irish coach Jay Hatleli said. "With the weather being what it has been this spring, we felt like we were due for a quality meet, with quality competition, and we got it."

Senior Myles Phillips helped stake Rosemount to an early lead. Phillips was second in the 100-meter dash and added a second in the 200. He was fifth in the 400.

"Myles Phillips had an exceptional day,' Hatleli said. "All three of those races had some of the top guys in the area, and possibly the state."

Andrew Hausmann was fifth in the 100, runner-up to Phillips in the 200 and then won the 400. He added a second-place finish in the triple jump.

Hausmann improved on his own school record in the triple jump, clearing a distance of 44 feet, 10.75 inches.

"Andrew Hausmann was solid as usual," Hatleli said.

Colton Crow was seventh in the 100.

Tegan Overby finished fifth in the 200, competing for the Rosemount JV squad.

Overby then finished third in the 400, just ahead of teammate Chris Mergens, who was competing for the varsity. Goaner Deng was seventh as the Irish had five of the top seven times in the 400 dash.

Chandler Dye crossed the line in second in the 800, with Shane McCallum taking fifth and John Evenocheck finishing eighth.

Tyler Henkemeyer won the 1,600, followed by Trevor Capra in fourth and Timothy Sampers in eighth.

Rosemount's Nathan Rock and Calvin Lehn finished 1-2, respectively, in the 3,200.

"Our distance guys are proving to be very versatile and talented," Hatleli said. "We have a nice luxury of having the ability to move guys up or down in distance for team needs without sacrificing performance. They are a very committed and talented group that will continue to lead our team down the stretch."

Stephen Sawyer took seventh in the 110 hurdles. Conor Manning was sixth and Christian Hummelgard placed eighth in the 300 hurdles.

The Irish won the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Sawyer and Mitchell Leko tied for sixth in the high jump. Ryan Vick was sixth in the pole vault.

Joe Bjorklund won the shot put with a school-record distance of 53 feet, 11 inches, snapping a record set in 1986. He was also second in the discus.

"Joe Bjorklund had a big day," Hatleli said.

Brandt Berghuis was fourth in the discus and Ben Rossini took seventh.

Joe Malicki placed eighth in the shot put.

Rosemount is scheduled to take part in the True Team section meet on Tuesday, May 10 at Apple Valley.

"We are excited to get into some team competitions in the next few weeks," Hatleli said. "We'll see where we stand, relative to the South Suburban Conference at the relay meet and from there we head into section, and hopefully, state True Team competition.

"I believe our guys are excited about the challenges that are ahead, and are ready to attempt to earn some of the rewards that come with the commitments they have made in preparation for this season."