Rosemount still owns SSC boys cross country

Irish win team title for 4th time

The names might change but the results don’t. Every time Rosemount’s boys have competed in the South Suburban Conference cross country championships they have left with the title.

The Irish resumed their domination of South Suburban cross country last Friday, winning the team championship by 13 points over Burnsville at Eagan High School. Rosemount has won the SSC title every year since 2010, when the conference was founded. The Irish have won five conference championships in the last seven years dating to 2007, when they won the Lake Conference.

Burnsville High School senior Ali Ahmed won the individual championship, completing the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 28.1 seconds.

Rosemount and Burnsville had a close race for the team championship. The Irish’s fourth and fifth runners helped them carry the day by placing in the top 20, while the Blaze’s fourth and fifth runners finished 23rd and 24th.

Junior Sam Ivanecky led the Irish by finishing fifth in 16:58.4. Cody Sedbrook, a senior, was ninth in 17:08.5.

Ryan Condon was 12th in 17:11.9, Ryan Brumm was 16th in 17:23.2 and Clayton Smith finished 19th in 17:25.9. Rosemount’s top five runners earned all-conference recognition, which goes to the top 20 runners in the conference meet.

The victory at the conference meet was the third of the season for Rosemount, which also took first at the Apple Jack Invite in Lakeville and the Ev Berg Invitational in Owatonna. The Irish, 12th in the state Class AA rankings, will defend their championship at the Section 3AA meet Oct. 24 at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley.

Burnsville’s Ahmed was about 13 seconds ahead of Lakeville South’s Wali Ibrahim in the boys individual race. Blaze junior Faysal Mahmoud was eighth in 17:07.9. Mahmoud and Ahmed qualified for the state Class AA meet last year.

Blaze senior Mitch Brown also earned a spot on the all-conference team by finishing 18th in 17:23.9.

Lakeville North was third at the SSC meet with 88 points, 27 behind Rosemount and 14 behind Burnsville. All-conference runners for the Panthers were junior Justin Hanson (fourth, 16:57.4), senior Jason Windhorn (14th, 17:15.6) and sophomore Luke Anderson (17th, 17:23.4).

Apple Valley finished fifth with 137 points. Junior Grant Udelhofen earned an all-conference spot by finishing seventh in 17:06.1.

Eagan was sixth with 147 points. Senior Dan Podpeskar finished 20th in 17:31.4, earning an all-conference spot.

Lakeville South also scored 147 points but lost a tiebreaker with Eagan for sixth place. Still, the Cougars had two individuals in the top six – Ibrahim (second, 16:41.7) and Noah Hanson (sixth, 17:01.6).

Eastview was eighth in the team standings, and senior Joey Beran was 21st individually in 17:32.3 – less than one second from a place on the all-conference team. He did earn honorable mention, as did teammate Tanner Leighton.