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Track and Field: Irish boys and girls are True Team section champions

Junior Max Otterdahl won both the boys' shot put and discus events at True Team sections on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Shannon Otterdahl

The Irish left no doubt as to who had the best track and field teams in section 3AAA Tuesday when both the boys and girls won True Team section 3AAA championships. Competing at Prior Lake High School, Rosemount out-ran, out-jumped, out-threw and out-vaulted Prior Lake, Shakopee, Bloomington Jefferson, Eastview, Apple Valley, Chaska, Burnsville and Bloomington Kennedy. The boys finished with 1,075.50 points, over 50 points ahead of Prior Lake, and the women beat second-place Prior Lake by over a 100 points with 1,054.50.


Both teams combined to win 17 out of 36 events. Winners were:

The boys' 4x800 meter relay team of Owen Benson, Payne Freske, Spencer Schultz and Getinat Asfaw with a time of 8 minutes and 34.60 (8:34.60) seconds and Jonathan Mann in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.21. The boys' 4x200 relay team of Noah Irving, Mason McDonald, Garrison Green and Carlos Thomas won in 1:34.70, while Luke Labatte took first in the 1,600 (4:27.11). Labatte also won the 800 with a time of 2:00.26.

Schultz won the 3,200 with a time of 10:01.23, just fractions of a second ahead of the runner-up. Max Otterdahl won the discus with a throw of 161 feet (161-0) and the shot put with a 53-05.

The Irish girls swept all four relays: the 4x800 relay team of Tess Grunklee, Natalie Fendrich, Caitlyn Storley and Ellie Launstein took first in 10:07.42; the 4x200 relay team of Ava Cinnamo, Alyssa Eichten, Amber Johnson and Sydney Essler won with a time of 1:48.21; the 4x100 team that consisted of Lauren Spindler, Shae Buchman, Alex Wolf and Mackenzie Jacobson won in 51.06 and the 4x400 team (Cinnamo, Storley, Amber Johnson and Jenna Johnson) took first with a time of 4:13.57.

Jenna Johnson won the 400 with a time of 1:00.47, Buchman took first in the 300 hurdles in 47.87 and in the long jump (17-01), and Alexys Berger double-dipped by winning both the high jump (with a jump of 5-02) and the pole vault (with a vault of 11 feet). Tierra Doss won the discus with a throw of 115-09.

Top-five finishers

The True Team format means that every participant in an event earns team points, so if there are 20 competitors, first place earns 20 points and last place one point. Those who finished in the top-five of their event are:

Preston Strop was third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.89 and Blake Carpenter was fifth in 16.02. Mann was runner-up in the 100 (11.34) while right behind him in third was Prince Nti (11.36). Mark Biechler finished fourth in the 1,600 in 4:31.56 and the Irish boys' 4x100 relay team of Nti, Green, Kofi Owusu and Thomas took second with a time of 45.02. Brian Boakye-Ansah was second in the 400 (50.96), while Rosemount grabbed three of the time five spots in the 300 hurdles with Strop taking second (41.27), Mann finished third (41.42) and Irving in fourth (41.65).

Daniel Cox took fifth in the 800 in 2:04.49, Boakye-Ansah was fourth in the 200 (23.31) and Nti fifth (23.71), while Freske (10:02.99) and Biechler (10:06.14) finished back-to-back in fourth and fifth in the 3,200. Irving and Basheer Alam also finished back-to-back in the pole vault, fourth and fifth, with vaults of 10 feet and 9-06 respectively. Mann took fifth in the long jump with a leap of 19-10.50. McDonald jumped 42-04 to take third in the triple jump while Owusu finished fifth (41-06). Trevor Armborst took third in the shot put with a throw of 47-02.75.

Buchman (14.85) and Rose Sieve (15.03) took second and third respectively in the 100 hurdles, while Arianna Passeri (13.01) and Jacobson (13.07) were second and third in the 100. Sydney Hansen was third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:24.33. Rosemount had three girls in the top-five for the 400 including Johnson who won it: Cinnamo finished second in 1:01.25 and Amber Johnson was fourth in 1:02.82. Sieve took fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.39.

Fendrich finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:29.45, Grunklee was third in the 3,200 (11:56.04), while Mykel Parham (5-02) and Wolf (5-0) were second and fifth in the high jump. Passeri finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, while in the triple jump she took third (34-01), Lauren Preiner was second (34-9.50) and Wolf fourth (33-03). Helen Staley took fifth in the discus with a throw of 95-05.

Both teams will compete at the True Team State Tournament held on Friday, May 18, in Stillwater as representatives of section 3AAA.

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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