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Boys track & field: Irish, Tigers compete at Farmington Invite

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Rosemount and Farmington combined to win 12 of the 18 events at last Tuesday’s Farmington Invite.

The Tigers captured seven event victories on their home track, but the deep Irish got points from multiple individuals in 10 events to pull away for the team title with 169 points. The Tigers paced the rest of the five-team field with 133 points and New Prague was third with 106 points.

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The Irish’s depth showed most in the discus, where they placed five in the top six. Payton Otterdahl won the event with a spin of 151 feet, 3 inches and teammate Kyle Liermann added a toss of 137-8 to take second. Otterdahl was part of a 1-2 finish in the shot put, as well, where he outdistanced the rest of the field by over 12 feet with a toss of 57-6. Teammate Nick Floeder was second at 45-5.

Rosemount placed three in the top six in four other events, as well. Cole Jalivay paced a 3-4-5 finish in the 110 hurdles, Cody Sedbrook ran 4:39.89 to lead a 3-5-6 showing in the 1,600, Treigh French was second as part of a 2-5-6 effort in the 400 and Sam Ivanecky led a 1-3-5 parade with a winning time of 2:03.44 in the 800.

Zach Zweber ran to first place in the 300 hurdles and the Irish 4x100 sprinted to victory in a sharp time of 44.15 seconds. Tray Ashby-Phan and Grant Jackson added a 2-3 finish in the 100 and Trevor Otterdahl and Kai Halverson were 2-3 in the high jump.

Zweber and Jalivay also supplied a 2-4 finish in the triple jump. Jalivay added a fifth-place leap of 19-5 to lead the Irish in the long jump and Jaym Ogren cleared 10-6 for fifth in the pole vault.

The Tigers grabbed three of their seven gold-medal performances in the relays, winning the 4x800, 4x200 and 4x400. The 4x100 added a third-place effort.

Tanner Grubb took a break from his relay duties to win individual honors in the 200, winning in 22.94, and Justin Hyytinen turned in another sweep of the distance events, topping the field in the 3,200 in 9:53.89 and the 1,600 in 4:19.45.

Farmington’s lone field event victory came from Wyatt Ferm, who cleared 6-0 to win the high jump. He was also second in the pole vault.

Other silver medals went to Devon Webb in the 800 and Ryan Parco in the long jump. Parco tacked on a third-place run in the 400.

Also placing third was Brandan King in the discus with a toss of 128-11.

Fourth-place finishes went to Jake Earp in the high jump, Jack Erickson in the 200 and Alex Swearingen in the shot put.

Irish face off against Wayzata

Rosemount took to the track again Friday at Wayzata and was pushed to fast times in many events while dropping the dual to the Trojans, 104-42.

“"We had some great performances against a very talented and deep Wayzata squad. We have won our share of this annual dual meet, but this year it was pretty lopsided score-wise,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. ”They are pretty strong in this format, but we are shoring up our true team line-up and we learned a lot in this meet.”

The Irish won two events, including the 100 where Grant Jackson set a new school record with a time of 10.93 seconds. Jackson was also second in the 200 in 22.57 seconds.

Ashby-Phan won the event, but was disqualified for a uniform infraction. He came back later and helped the Irish 4x100 to a fast second-place time of 43.38 seconds.

The 4x400 edged Wayzata by a second to win in 3:36.54 and the 4x800 was second in 8:29.42.

The Irish got second-place individual finishes from Ivanecky in the 800, where he clocked in at 2:01.95, and Ogren, who cleared 11-0 in the pole vault.

Third-place finishes went to Zweber in the triple jump, Treigh French in the 400 and Trevor Otterdahl in the high jump.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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