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Irish girls' track wins Section 3AAA True Team meet; boys runners-up

Senior Luke Labatte won the 1,600-meter run for the Rosemount boys to help them take second and the Section 3AAA True Team meet on Tuesday, May 7, at Prior Lake. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Freshman Jenna Johnson won the 400-meter run to help the Irish girls win the Section 3AAA True Team championship on Tuesday, May 7, and advance to True Team State. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Rosemount Irish girls' and boys' track and field teams competed at the Section 3AAA True Team meet Tuesday, May 7, at Prior Lake and came away with tremendous results. The Irish girls are Section 3AAA True Team champions with 1,066.5 points—more than 100 head of second-place Prior Lake—while the boys were runners-up with 1,013 points, just 17 points out of first.

Rosemount came away with 12 individual and team champions: senior Luke Labatte in the 1,600-meter run, the boys' 4x100 relay team, senior Max Otterdahl in the shot put and discus, senior Arianna Passeri in the 100 and long jump, freshman Jenna Johnson in the 400, senior Lauren Peterson in the 3,200, freshman Ava Cinnamo in the 300 hurdles, junior Lauren Preiner in the high jump, senior Lexy Berger in the pole vault and senior Tierra Doss in the shot put.

Below are the full results for both teams:

Girls dominate

Arianna Passeri won the 100 with a time of 13.09 seconds while seniors Sydney Essler (13.55) and Taya Buchman (13.63) finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth. In the 200, Essler finished fourth with a time of 27.14, senior Amber Johnson took sixth in 27.52 and senior Kaylee Walter finished 20th (29.08). Johnson won the 400 with a time of 59.61, while Peterson and Johnson were third and fourth respectively with times of 1 minute, 0.61 seconds and 1:01.08.

Three Irish runners placed in the top 10 of the 800. Eighth-grader Taylor Heimerl was third with a time of 2:28.06, sophomore Lucy Jagoe was right behind her in fourth in 2:28.62 and fellow sophomore Makayla Bishop placed sixth (2:29.49). Heimerl was also runner-up in the 1,600 in 5:24.89, Bishop was third in 5:28.15 and seventh-grader Lily Peterson placed fifth (5:33.85). In the 3,200, Lauren Peterson won with a time of 10:58.88 and seventh-grader Daisy Islas was the runner-up in 11:38.53. Sophomore Abby McNeil took ninth with a time of 12:30.91.

Senior Rose Sieve took fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.44, sophomore Olivia Passeri finished ninth with a time of 17.09 and senior Tess Durscher placed 11th (17.19). Cinnamo won the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.88—just three-hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher—Sieve was fifth in 50.71 and Olivia Passeri placed eighth (51.58). The girls' 4x100 relay team took second with a time of 50.64, the 4x200 team finished third in 1:46.58, the 4x400 was runner-up in 4:16.50 and the 4x800 placed second as well (10:06.99).

Preiner and Berger took first and second in the high jump with leaps of 5 feet, 4 inches and 5-02 respectively. Sophomore Ashley Cridlebaugh placed ninth with a jump of 4-10. Arianna Passeri was the long jump champion with a 17-06, Essler jumped 15-1.50 to take sixth and Johnson was 23rd with a 13-4.75. Arianna Passeri and Preiner then finished third and fourth in the triple jump with distances of 34-4 and 33-6.75 respectively, while Cridlebaugh took eighth with a 31-4.

Berger continued her momentum from last year's state meet in the pole vault and won the event by a full foot with a vault of 11 feet. Durscher took fifth with a 8-6 and Olivia Passeri was 10th (7-6). Doss won the shot put with a throw of 39-4 and freshman Lilly Nelson was right behind her in second with a 37-4. Essler took seventh with a 33-1. In the discus, Doss was fourth with a throw of 107-4.25, sophomore Helen Staley finished seventh with a 100-4 and freshman Ava Webster placed 10th (93-7.50).

As Section 3AAA True Team Champions, the Irish girls automatically qualify for True Team State at Stillwater High School on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. The following week they will compete in the South Suburban Conference Championships, along with the boys team, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, at Rosemount. Section are May 30 and June 1 at Lakeville South.

Boys come oh so close

Junior Prince Nti took second in the 100 with a time of 11.14, sophomore Brian Boakye-Ansah was fifth in 11.60 and sophomore Gary Afram placed eighth (11.63). Nti was also the runner-up in the 200 with a time of 22.84, Boakye-Ansah finished fourth in 22.97 and senior Garrison Green was 10th in 23.73. In the 400, junior Mason McDonald placed fourth (51.56), senior Owen Benson finished eighth in 53.14 and freshman Miles Townsend took 15th with a time of 55.29.

Labatte and junior Danny Cox were third and fourth in the 800 with times of 1:56.58 and 1:59.86 respectively, while senior Getnat Asfaw was not far behind in sixth with a time of 2:02.86. Labatte then went on to win the 1,600 in 4:26.79, fellow senior Payne Freske finished seventh in 4:37.75 and Asfaw was eighth in 4:38.49. Freske took third in the 3,200 with a time of 10:10.81, sophomore Hudson Labno finished fifth in 10:16.77 and sophomore Elliott Nicholson placed ninth (10:23.42).

Sophomore Blake Carpenter took third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.15, fellow sophomore Sean Appold finish 14th in 17.98 and right behind him in 15th was senior Garrett Graham (18.13). In the 300 hurdles, all three Irish runners finished in a row in seventh, eighth and ninth. Carpenter led the way with a time of 43.43, behind him was Graham in 43.84 and then there was eighth-grader Grantham Green with a time of 44.11. The Irish 4x100 relay team won in 43.28, the 4x200 finished third in 1:33.00, the 4x400 placed second (3:28.67) and the 4x800 also was runner-up in 8:27.73 (less than half a second out of first place).

Junior Joseph Van Buren took sixth in the high jump with a leap of 6-2, sophomore Aiden Buendorf was not far behind in ninth with a jump of 6 feet and senior Antwan Harris placed 19th (5-6). In the long jump, Afram finished eighth with a 20-0.25, Buendorf was 11th with a jump of 19-7 and McDonald placed 17th (18-10). Afram took third in the triple jump (42 feet), McDonald finished sixth with a 40-9 and Buendorf placed 10th (39-3.50).

Junior Cameron Schultz vaulted 11-6 to take third in the pole vault, while Carpenter and junior Basheer Alam finished fifth and sixth with respective heights of 11 and 10 feet. Otterdahl won the discus by over 30 feet with a throw of 179 feet and then took the shot put as well with a throw of 62-7.75 (seven feet further than the second-place finisher). In the discus, senior Zach Young finished sixth with a 129-3 and sophomore Charles Barnick placed ninth (124-3). Junior Trevor Armborst took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 49-7 and senior Jacob Kaupa threw 45-9.50 to finish sixth.

The second-through-fifth-place finishers in each of the eight sections compete in a "paper" meet—in which those 32 teams' results are compared to each other to determine the four best teams—and they are considered wild card teams. If the Irish boys are chosen as such, they also would compete at True Team State at Stillwater on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.

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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