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State track and field: Buchman pulls away in 100 hurdles finals

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Shae Buchman is glad she didn’t let her mom talk her out of running the hurdles in fourth grade, especially now that she’s a state champion.

Buchman, a junior at Rosemount, won the event at Saturday’s state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul, running a sizzling personal-best time of 14.08 seconds in the finals. It continued a steady line of improvement she’s followed since taking up the event in the RAAA track program seven years ago.

“My mom told me she didn’t think I’d like the hurdles because when she was in high school she hated it. I loved it and caught on to it really quick and it’s definitely my favorite event now,” said Buchman, who placed fourth in the event last year at state. “I’ve wanted it so bad for so long and worked so hard, it’s still hard to believe. It feels amazing.”

Buchman said a calm pre-race approach she developed at the Section 3AA meet helped her be at her best in the state finals. That, and a fast start.

“Mentally I was preparing all week. In the section finals I got myself in a mindset where I was really calm and relaxed and I knew what I had to do and that’s part of what happened at state,” Buchman said. “I also told myself I needed to get out of the block. That’s been my weakest part of the race, so I made sure I exploded out of the blocks.”

Buchman also placed second at the state meet in the long jump, finishing only behind standout Anna Keefer of St. Michael-Albertville. Buchman covered 18 feet, ½ inch with her second-to-last jump. to secure second place by two inches.

Buchman’s 22 points led the Irish to a ninth-place total of 26 points in the Class 2A team standings.

Lexy Berger contributed the other four points with a sixth-place finish in the pole vault. The sophomore cleared 10-6 to reach the podium for the second straight year. She also cleared 5-2 to finish in a three-way tie for 12th in the high jump.

Senior Morgan Lawler closed out her career by placing 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:17.69. Sophomore Arianna Passeri placed 14th in the long jump at 16-7 ¾.

Three Rosemount boys reached the Class 2A podium and netted the Irish an 18th-place total of 16 points.

Senior Trevor Otterdahl finished behind two of the longest throws in state history in placing third in the discus. He bested his seed distance by nearly five feet with a spin of 172-4.

Otterdahl also placed seventh in the shot put with a toss of 53-9 ½.

Luke Labatte also reached the podium and represented the Irish in two events. The sophomore ran a personal-best time of 9:30.26 in the 3,200, closing with a 65-second final lap to secure sixth place. He came back to place 11th in the 1,600 in 4:30.69.

Senior TJ Liggett closed out his career by placing 18th in the 100 in 11.43. Freshman state record holder Jonathan Mann reached the 110 hurdles finals and placed ninth in 15.35.

Matt Steichen

Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.

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