Otterdahl, Peterson capture day one championships at state track
Rosemount seniors Max Otterdahl and Lauren Peterson both captured day one state championships Friday, June 7, at the Class AA state track and field meet. Otterdahl captured his second-straight shot put state championship with a throw of 64 feet, 4 inches which is a new personal record and school record for Otterdahl. Peterson won the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10 minutes, 38.03 seconds, out-racing Analee Weaver of Stillwater by just over two seconds. The effort of those two and several other podium finishes by Irish athletes in the day's field events catapulted the Rosemount girls to the team lead with 25.75 points while the Irish boys are in second with 18 team points, four behind Eden Prairie. Senior Arianna Passeri took third in the long jump with a leap of 17-11. Senior Luke Labatte finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:20.66, just over three seconds out of third. In the high jump, junior Lauren Preiner tied for third with a jump of 5-4 and senior Alexys Berger was 16th with a mark of 5 feet. Junior Cameron Schulz took 12th in the pole vault with a vault of 13 feet.
Friday was also the day when all the preliminaries were held for the running events and relays, except for the 4x800 relay. A total of six entries advanced to the finals on Saturday, June 8, along with the finals for the 1,600 races, 4x800 and the field events that are left. Junior Prince Nti qualified for the finals in the 100 with a prelims time of 10.91. Junior Jonathan Mann took third in the prelims of the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.68 and qualified for the finals. In the prelims for the girls' 300 hurdles, freshman Ava Cinnamo took sixth with a time of 44.98 and senior Rose Sieve was right behind her in seventh in 45.17 and both qualified for the finals.
Sophomore Brian Boakye-Ansah took third in the prelims for the 400 with a time 49.25 to qualify.
The boys 4x200 relay took third with a time of 1:28.39 and also qualified. Joining them will be Peterson and Labatte in their respective 1,600 races, Otterdahl in the discus, Berger in the pole vault and senior Tierra Doss in the shot put.
Other preliminary results were: Passeri took 14th in the 100 prelims with a time of 12.55, freshman Jenna Johnson finished 10th with a time of 58.58 in the 400 and the girls' 4x200 relay team finished 10th in 1:43.92.