Irish outrun some ranked teams at state cross country

Rosemount boys fourth; Berhe earns All-State

Alex Berhe of Rosemount finished 16th at the state Class AA boys cross country meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Alex Berhe of Rosemount finished 16th at the state Class AA boys cross country meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Rosemount kept alive a string of top-five finishes at the state boys cross country meet by taking fourth place Saturday at St. Olaf College.

It’s the fourth consecutive time the Irish have been fifth or better at state. They were third in 2010, fourth in 2011 and fifth last year.

The Irish were Section 3AA champions but went into the state meet as the 10th-ranked team in Class AA. At state, they beat three teams that had been ranked ahead of them (three others that were ranked ninth or higher didn’t qualify for the state meet).

Led by junior Alex Berhe, the Irish scored 159 points. Wayzata, the state meet favorite, won with 53 points. Edina (66) and Stillwater (99) also received team trophies. Rosemount was 39 points ahead of Hutchinson, which finished fifth.

Berhe finished 16th overall and ninth among runners in the team competition in 16 minutes, 2.4 seconds. That earned All-State recognition for Berhe, who was 76th at state a year ago.

Rosemount senior Cody Sedbrook was 63rd overall in the 5,000-meter race in 16:40.9. Also scoring for the Irish were senior Ryan Condon (69th, 16:44.4), junior Clayton Smith (77th, 16:47.1) and junior Ryan Brumm (105th, 17:06.4). Junior Sam Ivanecky (109th, 17:10.2) and junior Sam Carlson (149th, 17:40.5) also ran for Rosemount.

Among Rosemount’s accomplishments this season were winning the South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA championships, each for the fourth consecutive year. Rosemount has won the South Suburban boys cross country title every year the conference has existed.

The Irish had the highest finish of three SSC teams at state. Lakeville North was 10th and Burnsville, the Section 3AA runner-up, was 13th.

Section 3AA individual champion Obsa Ali of Richfield went on to win the state championship in 15:15.2 despite losing a shoe during the race.

Rosemount senior Hannah Grim, making her fifth appearance in the state girls meet, finished 48th in the 4,000-meter girls race in 15:10.5.

Two Tigers at state

Farmington seventh-grader Lauren Peterson runs at the state Class AA girls cross country meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington seventh-grader Lauren Peterson runs at the state Class AA girls cross country meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington runners Justin Hyytinen and Lauren Peterson competed individually in the Class AA meet. Hyytinen, making his second consecutive trip to state, finished 83rd in the boys race in 16:53.4.

Peterson, one of a handful of seventh-grade girls to qualify individually for state, was 131st in 16:03.2.

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