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Boys track: Boys roll at SSC Relays

A change in the scoring format worked in Rosemount's favor at the South Suburban Conference Relays last Tuesday.

This year's meet awarded points for each team's top four finishers in each event, compared to awarding points to each of the top three in previous seasons. That played right into the hands of the Irish, who used their across-the-lineup depth to rack up 1,778 points, 120 more than host Prior Lake and nearly 500 more than third-place Burnsville.

"We took advantage of that format change.... We had more guys able to make the trip and some guys really stepped up," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "In the 400 through 3,200 we had all four guys in the top 10 and in the 100 we had three in the top five."

Tray Ashby-Phan led that strong sprint finish with a first-place time of 11.27 seconds. Tegan Overbey was close behind in third and Grant Jackson placed fourth. Ashby-Phan, Jackson and Overbey also teamed up with Preston Webb for the Irish's only relay victory in the 4x100, where their winning time of 43.52 seconds was just three-tenths of a second off the school record.

Jackson and Overbey added a 5-6 finish in the 200.

The Irish's next highest finish on the track came in the 1,600, where Trevor Capra placed second in 4:34.75. Joe Manders was fifth in 4:41, Luke Anderson was eighth in 4:46 and Cody Sedbrook was ninth in 4:47.

In the field events, three Irish athletes claimed runner-up finishes. Zach Zweber, Sal Mohamed and Cole Jalivay placed 2-4-9 in the long jump with each competitor topping 19 feet, Payton Otterdahl tossed the shot put 51-8 1/2 in combining with Austin Leslie and Matt Walls for a 2-7-8 showing and Leslie spun the discus 146-9 to place second. Otterdahl was ninth at 136-11.

Dan Monson paced the high jumpers with a fifth-place finish and Kwame Owusu was seventh in the pole vault.

Owusu also paced four Rosemount runners in the top 10 in the 800 with a third-place time of 2:05.09. Aaron Elizondo and Trevor Capra came in 6-7 and Sam Ivanecky crossed the finish 10th.

Ivanecky tacked on a ninth-place effort in the 3,200 behind three teammates, Alex Berhe (third, 10:18), Ryan Brumm (fourth, 10:21) and Ryan Condon (seventh, 10:32).

Mohamed paced the Irish in the triple jump, covering 40 feet, 6 1/4 inches, to place fourth. He also led a strong team showing in the 400 with a third-place time of 53.08 seconds.

Jordan Herbrandson placed fifth in the 400, Treigh French sixth and Eric Heimendinger ninth.

French, Heimendinger, Owusu and Mohamed also combined for a third-place finish in the 4x400. The 4x800 earned a third-place showing of its own with legs coming from Elizondo, Zaffer Hussein, Michael Sampers and Mike Knoll.

Nate Sackett had the Irish's highest hurdle finish with an eighth-place time of 16.83 in the 110 highs.

The Irish were back in action at the True Team section meet Tuesday in Apple Valley.