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Irish cross country teams take sixth at home invitational

Seventh-grader Daisy Islas was very impressive as she led the Irish girls with a 10th-place finish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
The Rosemount boys cross country team took sixth and was just a handful of points out of fifth and fourth place. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Senior Luke Labatte took second for the Irish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Rosemount cross country teams hosted their annual Irish Invite last week, their first competition of the season. Both teams took sixth in their respective two-mile races, with senior Luke Labatte taking second behind Acer Iverson and seventh-grader Daisy Islas impressed with a 10th-place finish.

The Rosemount boys were just six points behind fifth-place Minnetonka and seven behind Lakeville North, who was fourth. Labatte finished just three seconds behind winner Acer Iverson with a time of 9:47.50. Seniors Payne Freske (10:27.30) and Danny Cox (10:29.30) finished 17th and 20th respectively. Junior Garrit Livingston was 74th with a time of 11:10.10 and sophomore Elliott Nicholson was 85th in 11:14.70. Placing back-to-back were seniors Owen Benson (11:26.50) and Zach Zimmer (11:26.90) in 106th and 107th respectively.

The Irish girls were all alone in sixth and a large buffer between them and the fifth and seventh-place teams.

Islas ran a 12:08.10 for her finish of 10th, eighth-grader Taylor Heimerl took 30th with a time of 12:32.20 and junior Kate Beckwith was 40th in 12:46.20. Sophomore Avery Leppones placed 49th (12:53.30) and fellow sophomore Lucy Jagoe was 57th in 13:05.70. Two more sophomores, Makayla Bishop (13:08.00) and Abby McNeil (13:08.70), finished in 59th and 61st.

The Irish teams next race at Rochester Mayo on Thursday, Sept. 13.

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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