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Boys track and field: Another True Team triumph

The Rosemount boys track team celebrates the Irish’s ninth True Team section title in 10 years last Tuesday at Apple Valley. The Irish compete in the True Team state meet tomorrow night in Stillwater.

All this spring’s cancelled and postponed meets didn’t keep the Rosemount boys from being ready for last Tuesday’s Section 3AA True Team meet.

Winning the True Team title is one of the Irish’s biggest goals heading into every season, and a fast start spring boarded them to their ninth in the last 10 years at Apple Valley. The 4x800 relay got things started on the track with a first-place finish and the Irish went on to capture the title with 1,043 ½ points, outscoring runner-up Apple Valley by more than 100 points.

The Irish will return to Stillwater for the Class 2A True Team State Meet tomorrow night.

“This is the meet we point to all season and our guys responded. The 4x800 got us going on the track with an opening victory, followed by solid performances in the high hurdles,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “While that was going on, we got the individual victory in the shot, our horizontal jumpers put up solid opening marks, and the pole vault was down to eight competitors including all three of ours.…We had a great team effort, everybody had a part. We look forward to competing against the best – as a team – at Stillwater High School next Friday."

The individual victory in the shot put went to senior standout Payton Otterdahl, who broke Gopher offensive lineman Joe Bjorklund’s school record with a toss of 60 feet, 7 inches. Otterdahl also placed second in the discus with a spin of 160-8.

In addition to the 4x800 and shot put, the Irish brought home gold medals in three other events. Jaym Ogren cleared 12 feet to top the field in the pole vault, Gavin Rudoll soared 21-4 ¼ in the long jump and Treighton French, Aaron Elizondo, Sam Ivanecky and Jordan Herbranson closed out the meet by edging Eastview 3:30.50-3:30.85 in the 4x400 relay.

The Irish were scoring just as big in the events they weren’t winning. They placed three athletes in the top 10 in seven events, including the 100 where Grant Jackson, Tray Ashby-Phan and Rudoll garnered a 2-3-5 finish. Alex Berhe, Ryan Condon and Ryan Brumm crossed the finish 2-3-7 in the 3,200 and Berhe, Cody Sedbrook and Luke Anderson were 4-8-9 against a fast field in the 1,600.

Cole Jalivay, Nate Sackett and Kai Halverson stayed close together in the 110 hurdles, placing 6-7-8.

Jalivay and Zach Zweber placed 6-7 behind Rudoll’s winning effort in the long jump and Dan Kleiber and Phillip Hansen were 5-6 behind Ogren in the pole vault. In the discus, Craig Szymanski and Eric Edermann backed Otterdahl with a 6-7 showing.

Zweber and Jalivay also turned in a scoring double in the triple jump, placing fourth and seventh, respectively. Zweber went on to place fourth in the 300 hurdles, as well.

Jackson and Ashby-Phan were 2-3 in the 200, each breaking 23 seconds, and each ran a leg of the Irish’s runner-up 4x100 relay. The foursome of French, Herbranson, Josiah Mann and Ryan Fox combined on a fourth-place effort in the 4x200.

Other top individual finishes were supplied by Ivanecky (3rd) and Sam Karlson (5th) in the 800, Elizondo in the 400 (5th) and Dan Monson in the high jump (6th).