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Cross-Country: Irish compete at Roy Griak, Ev Berg Invitationals

Seventh-grader Daisy Islas was the Irish girls' top finisher at the Roy Griak and won the Ev Berg. She is also receiving honorable mention honors in the latest state individual rankings. Here she is running at the Irish Invite. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Senior Luke Labatte took fourth at the Roy Griak and first at the Ev Berg for the Irish and is currently ranked No. 4 in the state for class AA. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Rosemount Irish boys' and girls' cross-country teams have had a busy week as they competed in two prestigious tournaments—the annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Ev Berg Invitational in Owatonna. The Irish ran in the Roy Griak on Saturday, Sept. 29, where the boys took 23rd out of 55 teams and the girls 22nd out of 49 teams. Senior Luke Labatte took fourth in the boys' race with a time of 16 minutes, 3.90 seconds, while for the girls seventh-grader Daisy Islas finished 32nd with a time of 19:07.10. Rosemount then raced at the Ev Berg Invitational in Owatonna on Thursday, Oct. 4, and both teams won the event, with Labatte and Islas both taking first.

Roy Griak

Behind Labatte's fourth-place finish was fellow senior Danny Cox, who took 120th with a time of 17:17.00. Senior Payne Freske took 164th with a time of 17:32.60, sophomore Elliott Nicholson finished 189th in 17:41.90 and junior Garrit Livingston placed 213th (17:49.40). Sophomore Pranav Vijay took 241st in 17:56.50, not far behind him was fellow sophomore Hudson Labno who finished 245th with a time of 17:57.40 and senior Zach Zimmer placed 347th (18:34.20). Fellow senior Lucas Hanley took 376th with a time of 18:46.30 and junior Elkane Mooh finished 422nd in 19:02.80.

After Islas' finish, sophomore Avery Leppones took 130th with a time of 20:21.00, junior Kate Beckwith finished 138th in 20:24.10 and sophomores Lucy Jagoe (21:03.50) and Makayla Bishop (21:03.80) finished together in 212th and 213th respectively. Sophomore Abby McNeil took 260th with a time of 21:25.90 and another sophomore, Ella McDevitt, was 333rd in 22:17.60. Senior Caitlyn Storley finished 361st in 22:39.20 and freshmen Emma Johnson (23:03.30) and Ava Whelan (23:06.80) took 387th and 393rd.

Ev Berg

The Irish swept the varsity events at the Ev Berg Invitational Thursday thanks to five top1- finishes for the girls and three for the boys. Islas won the girls' race by over seven seconds with a time of 18:28.00, and she was followed by four Rosemount runners in a row in seventh-through-10th. Eighth-grader Taylor Heimerl was seventh with a time of 19:23.70, Leppones in eighth with a 19:24.20, Beckwith finished ninth in 19:28.00 and right alongside her was Jagoe in 10th (19:28.10). Bishop took 12th with a time of 19:44.80 and McNeil was 14th in 20:01.80.

Labatte won the boys' race by half a minute with a time of 15:37.80, Cox took sixth with a time of 16:23.30 and Freske finished eighth in 16:32.00. Nicholson placed 11th (16:44.50), Livingston and Labno took 18th and 19th respectively with identical times of 16:57.70 along with the 20th-place finisher and Vijay was 26th in 17:07.00.

With just a few weeks left until sections and then the state tournament, Labatte is currently ranked No. 4 in class AA for the boys. The girls' team is receiving honorable mention recognition as a team in the latest poll and so is Islas.

Both teams race next Friday, Oct. 12, at Eagan High School for the South Suburban Conference championships.

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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