Track and field: Irish capture first True Team section title since '87
A day after learning it had won the South Suburban Conference Relays for the first time ever, the Rosemount girls track team ran away with its first True Team section title since 1987.
The Irish won six individual events and totaled six events where they placed three athletes in the top 10. That depth helped them amass 967.5 points, over 100 more than runner-up Prior Lake in the eight-team field May 9 at Prior Lake High School.
Shae Buchman won three individual championships and led solid Irish contingents in each event. In the 100 hurdles, teammate Lea Payette followed closely in fourth and Rose Sieve placed sixth. Buchman and Arianna Passeri placed 1-2 in the long jump and Molly Schaubroeck and Sieve came in 10-11 out of 26 runners in the 300 hurdles.
Buchman made it four golds by joining Passeri, Alyssa Eichten and Madyson Dye for first place in the 4x200 relay.
The Irish were also victorious in the 4x800 where Morgan Lawler, Natalie Fendrich, Maggie Tulay and Kate Beckwith combined to win by less than a second.
Lexy Berger swept the high jump and pole vault and led three Irish in the top 10 in each event. Teammates Lauren Preiner and Alex Wolf placed 5-7 in the high jump and Amanda Kyhn and Lauren Spindler came in 7-8 in the pole vault.
The Irish also scored big in the 100 and 800, events where they placed three runners in the top seven. Passeri took runner-up honors in the 100, with teammates Wolf and Spindler close behind in fourth and seventh, respectively. In the 800, Morgan Lawler placed fourth, Jenna Eichten came in sixth and Sydney Hansen reached the finish seventh. Hansen also earned runner-up honors in the 1,600 and Eichten placed fifth in the 400.
Ashley Hahnfeldt led a 3-6-10 Irish showing in the discus and also placed seventh in the shot put, two places behind teammate Areana Thompson in fifth. Morgan Longhenry placed sixth in the discus.
Other top-10 individual finishes were earned by Theresa Hausmann in the triple jump (ninth), and Datassa Morrissey (eighth) and Passeri (ninth) in the 200. The Irish 4x100 sprinted to second place and the 4x400 came in fifth.
The Irish girls will compete again May 19-20 at the True Team state meet in Stillwater.
The Rosemount boys just missed a trip to Stillwater, placing second behind Prior Lake with 936 points. The Irish turned in numerous personal best performances and achieved nine state honor roll performances.
Trevor Otterdahl led a high-scoring Irish trio in the discus by winning the event by over 4 feet. His younger brother Max made it a 1-2 Otterdahl finish and teammate Ezayah Oropeza placed seventh out of 27 competitors.
The Otterdahls notched another 1-2 finish in the shot put. Trevor outdistanced his brother by about 3 feet and Max edged Burnsville’s top thrower by an inch to once again secure runner-up honors.
Like the girls team, the Irish boys placed three athletes in the top 10 in six events. They did it in all three distance races. Luke Labatte, Jonathan Meaden and Spencer Schultz placed 7-9-10 in the 800 and Labatte teamed up with Schultz and Danny Cox for a 2-6-9 effort in the 1,600. Travis Lorch, Cox and Mark Biechler crossed the finish line 7-8-9 in the 3,200.
In the 100, Prince Nti placed fourth, Connor Kleiber followed in seventh and TJ Liggett placed 10th. Preston Strop, Jacob Smith and Noah Irving placed 5-6-7 in the 300 hurdles.
Other top-10 individual finishes were turned in by Jonathan Mann (second) and Strop (sixth) in the 110 hurdles, Riley Nelson in the high jump (seventh), Kleiber (fifth) and Brian Boakye-Ansah (sixth) in the 400, Kofi Owusu in the triple jump (third) and Riley Engelmann in the 200 (eighth).
In the relay events, the Irish scored runner-up honors in the 4x800, 4x200 and 4x400. The 4x100 finished third.