Cross country: Alumni make it eight in a row at community meet
The Rosemount alumni upped their streak to eight wins in a row in the men’s race Friday night’s alumni/community meet.
The alumni placed six runners in the top eight, led by a 2-3-4 finish from South Dakota State University runner Trevor Capra (’13), St. Olaf College’s Calvin Lehn (’12) and Minnesota Duluth’s Cody Sedbrook (’14).
Top honors went to first-year Rosemount cross country assistant coach Phil Meyer, who recently completed a standout career at St. Olaf by earning All-American honors in the 10,000-meter run. Meyer clocked in at 9 minutes, 45 seconds on the two-mile course, two seconds ahead of Capra and Lehn and just off the pace of Jordan Carlson’s course record.
Meyer’s effort also carried the community team to its first victory over the varsity in the 19-year history of the meet.
Rounding out the top 10 individuals were community member Cal Lawton (fifth, 10:08), ’15 alum Sam Ivanecky (sixth, 10:11), ’12 alum Nathan Rock (seventh, 10:12), ’07 alum Mike Bumgarner (eighth, 10:43), community member Charlie Haberman (ninth, 10:55) and varsity runner Zaffer Hussein (10th, 10:59).
“It was a good early showing for our boys team. We had huge improvements from a year ago. Our top guy, Zaffer Hussein, ran 11:41 at the Irish Invitational,” Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. “He is significantly ahead of where he was a year ago. He is poised to have a strong season and did the work in the off-season to put him in position.”
Six other varsity runners landed in the top 20. Caden Hill, Tanner Wenzel and Jonathan Meaden came in 12-13-14 and Luke Labatte and Spencer Schultz were close behind in 16th and 17th, respectively. Mason Grindland (20th) gave the Irish seven runners under 12 minutes with an 11:50.
“They all had solid races. Hill is already at his Irish Invite time, while Tanner dropped 50 seconds, Jonathan 25 seconds from his Irish time, Spencer a minute and 45 seconds, and Mason one minute and 35 seconds,” Harder said. “Those are huge time drops and we still have two weeks until the Irish Invite, which includes our training camp.”
Labatte’s time was the third-fastest for a freshman in meet history. He is one of several strong freshman runners Harder has high hopes for in the coming seasons.
“Our freshman class looked as good as advertised. Payne Freske, Danny Cox, Bennett Magnuson, Jared Browning, Jack Labatte, Owen Benson, Joey Fischbach, Nathan Roberts, Zach Zimmer and Aidan Anderson all had strong showings,” Harder said. “This is by far the best freshman group showing we have ever had. A lot of credit goes to Nate Ilse at Rosemount Middle School. He does a wonderful job up on the hill as they handily won the district middle school championship last year.”
The Irish will be back on their two-mile home course Sept. 4 for the Irish Invitational.