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State Track and Field Day 2: Irish runners' turn to shine

The Rosemount boys' 4x400 meter relay team took sixth in the final event of the tournament. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 10
Junior Luke Labatte took fifth in the 1,600 meter run Saturday after another top-10 finish in the 3,200 the day before. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 10
Junior Max Otterdahl followed up his state championship in the shot put with a seventh-place finish in the discus amid the pouring rain. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 10
Senior Preston Strop took seventh in the 300 hurdles in his last meet with the Irish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 10
Junior Alexys Berger tied a school pole vault record and nabbed a second-place finish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 10
The Irish girls' 4x800 relay team missed out on the podium but ran their race in 9:41.73. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 10
Sophomore Jonathan Mann improved on his ninth-place finish in last year's 110 meter hurdles with a third-place finish this year. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 10
Eighth-grader Ava Cinnamo edged out girls a couple years her senior when she took seventh in the girls' 300 meter hurdles. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 10
The Irish girls' 4x100 meter relay team took third and broke their own school record. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 10
Senior Shae Buchman finished third in the 100 meter hurdles after winning the event last year. She blamed a bad start for her finish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 10

Day two at the Class AA state track and field meet saw the Rosemount Irish runners have their turn to shine as they continued to perform well in the field events. The Irish continually found the podium throughout the day, though they narrowly missed adding a few more state championships to their arsenal.

Junior Arianna Passeri competed in the girls' triple jump a day after taking fifth in the long jump. Passeri did not make the finals but her longest jump was 35 feet and 8.75 inches.

Fellow junior Alexys Berger tied a Rosemount school record with a vault of 12 feet and was the runner-up in the event.

Junior Max Otterdahl attempted to follow up his shot put state championship with one in the discus but had to content with pouring rain for many of his throws. He finished seventh with his best throw being 151-6.

The Irish girls' 4x800 relay team of seniors Sydney Hansen, Natalie Fendrich and Dani Follett-Dion and freshman Makayla Bishop did not make the podium but finished with a time of 9 minutes and 41.73 seconds.

Senior Shae Buchman was all over the place during the two days of the state meet. On day two, she attempted to defend her 100 meter hurdles title and ended up taking third in 14.85. She said she ended up taking more steps than she wanted out of the starting block, which slowed her down.

Buchman was also part of the Irish girls' 4x100 relay team, along with Passeri, senior Alex Wolf and junior Sofia Paniccia that took third and broke their own school record with a time of 48.92.

Sophomore Jonathan Mann improved on his finish from last year in the 110 hurdles by taking third with a time of 14.84. Last year, he finished ninth in 15.35.

Junior Luke Labatte followed up the 3,200 on Friday with the 1,600 on Saturday. He placed fifth with a time of 4:17.51.

Eighth-grader Ava Cinnamo has a bright future ahead of her on the track as she found the podium in the 300 hurdles. She took seventh with a time of 45.20 and was less than half a second away from a top five finish. Senior Preston Strop also took seventh in the boys' 300 hurdles. He finished with a time of 39.67.

The boys' 4x400 relay was the last event of the day and the Irish found the podium once again. The team of freshman Brian Boakye-Ansah, junior Owen Benson, sophomore Mason McDonald and Strop took sixth with a time of 3:24.83.

The Irish boys' as a team finished fifth with 37 team points behind Hopkins, St. Michael-Albertville, Mounds View and champion Wayzata (75 points). The girls' had a fantastic finish, taking third with 45.5 points, just 1.5 points behind runner-up Wayzata. Minnetonka took first with 63 points.

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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