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Boys track: Boys pull away for True Team track title

Many coaches treat the annual True Team meets as some of the bigger meets in a track and field season.

The Rosemount boys track and field team like to use the meets to display their true depth. The Irish take pride in winning the True Team competitions.

But, Irish coach Jay Hatleli isn't above trying out a few things at the meet, either.

Rosemount won the Class 3A, Section 3 True Team title last week with 816 points, outdistancing second-place Apple Valley's 758 points.

Hatleli and the Irish also had their sights set on tomorrow's True Team state meet, though.

"We had a good meet and competed well," Hatleli said. "We tried some different things in terms of a lineup to prepare ourselves for the state True Team meet, and learned a lot from it. At this point, our skill-specific guys are pretty well established.

"We're still searching for the best possible combinations to fill all relay spots and individual sprint events to put our best True Team lineup on the track."

Along with team depth, Rosemount won six individual events.

Andrew Hausmann won the 200-meter dash with teammates Myles Phillips (second place) and Goaner Deng (fourth) giving the Irish big points.

Phillips was fifth in the 100 with Hausmann taking sixth.

Deng won the 400, John Evenocheck took sixth and Chris Mergens placed seventh.

"Goaner Deng continues to get better every time out," Hatleli said. "He ran very well in the 4x8, 400 and came back to run a 200 for the first time this season."

Mergens, Deng, Sam Temple and Evenocheck also teamed up in the 4x800 relay giving the Irish their lone relay victory.

Chandler Dye won the 800 race with Temple taking fifth. Shane McCallum was third in the 1,600 followed by Dye in fifth and Henkemeyer in sixth.

Trevor Capra added a fifth-place finish in the 3,200.

In the triple jump, Phong Dovu cleared a distance good enough for fourth with Marius Lewis placing fifth.

Joe Bjorklund won the shot put with Brandt Berghuis placing second.

The duo flipped results in the discus with Berghuis earning the win and Bjorklund finishing second.

Joe Malicki was fifth in the shot put and Ben Rossini was seventh in the discus.

"Heading into the state True Team meet we will need a great effort from everybody," Hatleli said. "As always, we'll see eight of the best teams in the state and ours, or anybody's, margin of error gets pretty thin. I like our seniors and their big meet experience to lead our team.

"I know they can't wait to compete. They've been waiting for this chance since we got on the bus and left Stillwater High School with the second-place trophy in hand a season ago."