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Otterdahl wins shot put championship; Irish shine on day one of state meet

Junior Arianna Passeri took 5th in the long jump and will compete in the triple jump tomorrow. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 5
Junior Luke Labatte finished 8th in the 3,200 and will run the 1,600 on Saturday. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 5
Sophomore Lauren Preiner (7th) and senior Alex Wolf (tied for 4th) both placed in the high jump for Rosemount. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 5
Senior Shae Buchman finished 7th in the long jump and will defend her state championship in the 100 meter hurdles on Saturday. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 5
Junior Max Otterdahl is a state champion in the shot put after throwing over 58 feet in the finals. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 5

The Rosemount boys' and girls' track teams had several standout performances on day one of the Class AA state track meet held at Hamline University. Junior Max Otterdahl won the shot put state championship with a throw of 58 feet and 7.25 inches (58-7.25). Fellow junior Luke Labatte finished eighth in the 3,200 with a time of 9 minutes and 19.98 seconds (9:19.98). Meanwhile, the girls' team had two pairs of girls place in their events. Senior Shae Buchman and junior Arianna Passeri both placed in the long jump. Buchman was seventh with a finals jump of 17-8 and Passeri finished fifth with a 17-9.50. In the girls' high jump, sophomore Lauren Preiner took seventh and senior Alex Wolf tied for fourth, both with their highest jumps being 5-4.

Half of the field events and longer running events had their finals today and the other half are tomorrow (Saturday). The other running events ran their preliminary heats today and the finals are also tomorrow. Those who are competing in the finals of field events tomorrow are Labatte in the 1,600, Otterdahl in the discus, junior Alexys Berger in the pole vault, Passeri in the triple jump and the girls' 4x800 relay.

Qualifying for the finals in their events tomorrow, for the girls, are Buchman in the 100 hurdles, where she will defend her state championship from last year, eighth-grader Ava Cinnamo in the 300 hurdles and the Irish girls' 4x100 relay. For the boys, sophomore Jonathan Mann in the 110 hurdles, senior Preston Strop in the 300 hurdles and the Irish boys' 4x400 relay team.

Junior Rose Sieve ran the 300 hurdles in 46.07, less than half a second from qualifying for the finals.

After day one with just a handful of events scored, the Rosemount boys are in third place with 14 team points behind Roseville Area (16) and Wayzata (18). The girls are also in third with 16.5 points behind Wayzata (18) and Minneapolis Washburn (20). Follow along on Saturday for updates at @alechamsports on Twitter.

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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