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Track and Field: Rosemount sends a whole crew to state meet

Preston Strop qualified for state in the 300 hurdles this past weekend at the Section 1AA meet. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Jonathan Mann continues an outstanding athletic year by qualifying for state in the 110 hurdles. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Luke Labatte qualified for the state meet at Hamline University by winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Rosemount Irish boys' and girls' track teams competed in the Section 1AA this last weekend at Lakeville South and they will be sending a whole crew of athletes to the state meet this weekend at Hamline University. Both teams combined are sending 11 different individual athletes and three relay teams to the state meet.

Shae Buchman qualified in the 100 meter hurdles and long jump, Ava Cinnamo is going in the 300 hurdles along with Rose Sieve, Alex Wolf and Lauren Preiner qualified in the high jump, Alexys Berger goes in the pole vault and Arianna Passeri made it in the long jump and triple jump. Also, the 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams qualified.

Luke Labatte qualified by winning the 1,600 and 3,200, Jonathan Mann is going in the 110 hurdles, Preston Strop qualified in the 300 hurdles, Max Otterdahl won both the shot put and discus and the 4x200 relay team also goes.

The Irish girls' were Section 1AA champions with 152 points, more than 60 points better than second-place Northfield/ARTech. The boys were just edged out by Lakeville South 127 to 115 and took second place.

Below are those who qualified for state or finished in the top five of their event:

Jenna Johnson took third in the 400 with a time of 58.02 seconds, Sydney Hansen finished fourth in the 1,600 in 5:15.03, Sieve placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.26) and Cinnamo (45.35) and Sieve (45.58) finished back-to-back in first and second respectively in the 300 hurdles.

The 4x100 relay team of Sofia Paniccia, Passeri, Buchman and Wolf took first with a time of 49.18 and the team of Natalie Fendrich, Dani Follett-Dion, makayla Bishop and Hansen took second in the 4x800 (9:32.84) to advance. The 4x400 (Amber Johnson, Cinnamo, Jenna Johnson and Caitlyn Storley) was third in 4:06.61 and so was the 4x200 team of Amber Johnson, Cinnamo, Sydney Essler and Olivia Furnstahl in 1:46.43.

Wolf (5-04), Preiner (5-03) and Berger (-503) were one-two-three in the high jump, Berger was second in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, Buchman (18-05) and Passeri (18-0.25) were one-two in the long jump and the Irish had three girls in the top five of the triple jump (Passeri in first with a 37-3.75, Wolf in third with a 36-8.25 and Preiner in fourth with a 35-3.25).

Prince Nti took third in the 100 with a time of 11.15, Luke Labatte took first in the 1,600 (4:25.82) and Mark Biechler was third (4:26.60), and Labatte won the 3,200 in 9:36.90. Jonathan Mann won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.74 and Preston Strop was fourth in 15.36, while Strop was also second in the 300 hurdles (39.48). The 4x100 relay team of Nti, Garrison Green, Kofi Owusu and Carlos Thomas took third in 43.48; Mason McDonald, Strop, Labatte and Owen Benson made up the 4x400 relay team that took second in 3:27.90; and the 4x800 team of Payne Freske, Danny Cox, Benson and Spencer Schultz also finished third (8:11.23).

Mann (21-2.75) and Owusu (20-11.50) were third and fourth in the long jump and Max Otterdahl won both the shot put (55-02) and the discus (166 feet). Trevor Armborst finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48-7.25.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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