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Boys track: A true team effort

The Rosemount boys track team celebrates after winning the True Team section meet.

Whether it's in the sprints, distance races, jumps, throws or hurdles, the Rosemount track team prides itself on having a number of athletes who can step in and compete.

The True Team scoring format counts scores from the top three performers from each team in each event, and that once again played to the Irish's advantage last Tuesday. They won five events, placed multiple competitors in the top 10 in most others and scored 866 points to claim their eighth Section 3AAA True Team championship in nine years in Apple Valley. Prior Lake was over 100 points back in second place with 743 points.

The Class 3A True Team state meet is tomorrow afternoon in Stillwater.

"We did what we needed to do to qualify for one of our annual season goals -- the state true team meet," Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. "The state true team meet evaluates the strength of your total program as every athlete that competes in the meet scores points. The guys are excited to see where we stack up."

The Irish earned three of their first-place finishes in the relays. In the 4x100, Preston Webb, Tray Ashby-Phan, Grant Jackson and Tegan Overbey combined for a school-record time of 42.9 seconds. Webb joined Sal Mohamed, Jordan Herbranson and Christian Hummelgard in the winning 4x200 and Luke Anderson, Aaron Elizondo, Cody Sedbrook and Sam Ivanecky posted a 12-second margin of victory in the 4x800.

In the other two gold-medal events, the Irish placed three individuals in the top 10. Trevor Capra (4:29.71), Alex Berhe and Joseph Manders were 1-7-10 in the 1,600 and Payton Otterdahl (160-6), Austin Leslie and Eric Undemann placed 1-3-10 in the discus.

Otterdahl also placed 2-3 in the shot put, while Matt Walls was ninth.

In the 100, Overbey and Ashby-Phan placed 2-3 and Jackson was seventh, all in times of 11.5 or faster. Jackson and Overby also placed 3-4 in the 200.

Other second-place efforts came from Dan Monson in the high jump and Zach Zweber in the triple jump. Zweber and Salih Mohamed placed 2-4 in the event and also came in fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump with teammate Cole Jalivey right between in fifth.

Mohamed and Herbranson also helped out with a 3-5 finish in the 400.

Kwame Owusu added a third-place finish in the pole vault and a fourth-place run in the 800.

Other top-10 finishes came from Hummelgard (fifth) and James Nguyen (sixth) in the 300 hurdles, the 4x400 relay (sixth), Ryan Brumm (seventh) and Ryan Condon (eighth) in the 3,200, Hummelgard (seventh) and Nguyen (eighth) in the 110 hurdles, Ivanecky (ninth) and Elizondo (10th) in the 800, Eric Heimendinger (10th) in the 400 and Tyler Hartigan (10th) in the triple jump.