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Irish girls' track and field are True Team State Champs!

Senior Arianna Passeri won the long jump last Friday, May 17, in Stillwater at the Class AAA True Team state meet. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Senior Max Otterdahl won the shot put and discus at True Team State last Friday, May 17, at Stillwater High School. Here he throws during last summer's state meet. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Senior Lauren Peterson won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs for the Irish and helped lead them to a Class AAA True Team state championship on Friday, May 17, in Stillwater. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Rosemount Irish girls' track and field team secured a Class AAA True Team state championship Friday, May 17, at Stillwater High School after they edged out Wayzata by 14 points. The Irish racked up 1,137.5 team points—eclipsing their section total by 71—and they outdistanced third-place Stillwater by over 100. They had two event champions with senior Lauren Peterson in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and fellow senior Arianna Passeri in the long jump, as well as numerous top five and top-10 placements.

Meanwhile, the Rosemount boys took fourth with 1,051.5 points and were just 42 points out of the top three. The Hopkins boys won with 1,280 points. Senior Max Otterdahl won the shot put and discus for Rosemount while they took had several high finishes.

Rosemount hosts the South Suburban Conference championships for both the boys and girls on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23. They then have the Section 1AA meet at Lakeville South on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, June 1. Below are the results for both teams:

Girls dominate once again

Arianna Passeri took fifth in the 100 with a time of 12.71 seconds while fellow senior Sydney Essler took 22nd in 13.44 and senior Taya Buchman placed 27th (13.50). Freshman Jenna Johnson finished ninth in the 200 (26.56), seventh-grader Catelyn Ketterling took 19th in 27.15 and Essler placed 21st with a time of 27.16. Jenna Johnson was also third in the 400 in 58.75, senior Amber Johnson placed 14th with a time of 1 minute, 0.54 seconds and Ketterling took 19th (1:01.63).

Eighth-grader Taylor Heimerl took sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:24.22 while sophomores Lucy Jagoe and Makayla Bishop finished back-to-back in 23rd and 24th with times of 2:28.55 and 2:28.83 respectively. Lauren Peterson won the 1,600 in 4:58.98 and the 3,200 in 10:54.82, while seventh-grader Daisy Islas placed eighth in the 1,600 with a 5:13.35 and 10th in the 3,200 in 11:37.81. Seventh-grader Lily Peterson was 27th (5:38.07) in the 1,600 and junior Kate Beckwith finished 22nd in the 3,200 with a time of 12:06.26.

Freshman Ava Cinnamo took fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.62, senior Rose Sieve finished 11th in 16.50 and sophomore Olivia Passeri placed 16th (16.79). In the 300 hurdles, Cinnamo was third in 45.51 while Sieve placed fifth (46.99) and Olivia Passeri took 18th with a time of 49.60. Rosemount's 4x100 relay took seventh with a time of 50.54, the 4x200 team were runners-up in 1:44.92, the Irish 4x400 finished fourth in 4:06.10 and the 4x800 placed eighth (9:53.76).

Junior Lauren Preiner and senior Lexy Berger finished back-to-back in second and third in the high jump with leaps of 5 feet, 4 inches and 5-2 respectively. Sophomore Ashley Cridlebaugh finished tied-for-13th with a 4-10. Berger placed third in the pole vault with a vault of 11-6, senior Tess Durscher tied-for-14 at 9 feet and Olivia Passeri tied-for-32nd with a vault of 7 feet. Arianna Passeri won the long jump with a leap of 17-8 while Preiner (15-11.75) and Essler (15-11 were 21st and 22nd.

In the triple jump, Cridlebaugh took fourth with a 35-5.75, Arianna Passeri was sixth (34-11.25) and Preiner finished 12th with a 34-3.25. Senior Tierra Doss took third in the shot put with a throw of 40-8.25, freshman Lilly Nelson finished 10th with a 36-1.75 and not far behind was Essler in 12th (35-5.25). For the discus, Doss took 12th (110-2), sophomore Helen Staley placed 17th with a throw of 108-2 and freshman Ava Webster finished 32nd with a 84-1.

Solid outing for the boys

Junior Prince Nti took ninth in the 100 with a time of 11.20, sophomore Gary Afram finished 16th in 11.44 and junior Jonathan Mann placed 18th (11.49). In the 200, Nti placed 10th (22.60), sophomore Brian Boakye-Ansah finished 14th with a time of 22.84 and senior Garrison Green took 22nd in 23.45. Boakye-Ansah took fourth in the 400 with a time of 50.62, junior Mason McDonald finished 10th in 51.39 and senior Owen Benson placed 14th (51.95).

Senior Luke Labatte took fifth in the 800 with a time of 1:57.99 and also took fifth in the 1,600 with a 4:17.29. Senior Getinat Asfaw was 10th in the 800 in 2:00.47 while junior Daniel Cox finished 17th with a 2:02.01. Cox was 12th in the 1,600 with a time of 4:27.45 while Asfaw was 21st (4:34.09). In the 3,200, senior Payne Freske took 11th with a time of 9:58.91, sophomore Hudson Labno finished 18th in 10:15.52 and fellow sophomore Elliott Nicholson placed 22nd (10:25.63).

Mann was the runner-up in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.84, sophomore Blake Carpenter finished 14th in 16.02 and fellow sophomore Sean Appold placed 29th (17.25). In the 300 hurdles, Carpenter took 10th with a time of 41.05, senior Garrett Graham finished 25th in 43.01 and eighth-grader Grantham Green placed 33rd (44.54). The boys' 4x100 relay took third with a time of 42.70, the Irish 4x200 finished eighth in 1:32.22, the 4x400 team placed fourth (3:28.16) and the Irish 4x800 team was fourth with a time of 8:15.58.

Sophomore Aiden Buendorf tied-for-ninth in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, freshman Weston Ebner took 19th with a 5-10 and senior Antwan Harris placed 25th (5-8). In the pole vault, junior Cameron Schultz tied-for-4th with a vault of 13 feet, junior Basheer Alam tied-for-20th with a mark of 11 feet and freshman Miles Townsend placed 28th (10 feet). Afram took seventh in the long jump with a leap of 21-3.75, Mann finished 24th with a 19-10 and Buendorf placed 31st (18-6.75).

In the triple jump, Buendorf and Alam finished back-to-back in 18th and 19th with jumps of 40-7.75 and 40-6.50 respectively. McDonald finished 23rd with a 39-11.50. Otterdahl won the shot put with a throw of 62-5.50 and the discus with a 180-2. Junior Trevor Armborst took fifth in the shot put with a 50-9 while senior Spencer Olson finished 13th with a throw of 47-10.75. In the discus, senior Zach Young and sophomore Charles Barnick were back-to-back in 17th and 18th each with a throw of 134-9.

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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