Rousemiller, Jacobson, Buckles pace South boys track team
Farmington Invitational boys track and field meet, where the Cougars won the team championship by almost 80 points.
The Cougars won six events and were runners-up in all four relays as they scored 206 points in the nine-team event April 13 at Farmington High School. Four of the teams in the meet were from the South Suburban Conference; Rosemount took second (126.5 points), Eagan was fourth (86) and Farmington finished sixth (49.5).
Two of the state’s top throwers matched up in the shot put and discus. Lakeville South senior Eric Rousemiller won the shot, throwing 59 feet, 5 inches. Rosemount senior Trevor Otterdahl was second at 53-2. Rousemiller was second and Otterdahl fourth in the shot at the 2016 state Class AA meet.
Otterdahl won the discus with a throw of 172-5, which moved him to second place on the state Class AA honor roll. Woodbury’s Nathan Bursch was second (156-7), with Rousemiller third at 147-1. Rosemount throwers Maxwell Otterdahl and Johnathan Allstot were fourth and fifth.
Lakeville South, which won the 2016 Section 1AA championship and finished eighth in the state meet, had strong performances in sprints from Jeremiah Jacobson and Ethan Buckles. Jacobson, who was third at state in the 100-meter dash last year, won the event in the Farmington Invitational in 10.98 seconds. Buckles was second in 11.37.
Jacobson (22.53) and Buckles (23.20) took the top two places in the 200, and Buckles was the winner in the 400 in 53.75.
Noah Shafer, a state medalist in the pole vault last year, cleared 14-0 to win the event at the Farmington meet. South vaulters took three of the top four places. Brittan Burns went 20-3.5 in the long jump to take first in another event where Cougars athletes took three of the top four spots.
Lakeville South also had second-place finishes from Adam Vote in the 300 hurdles (40.53) and Stanley Fleming in the high jump (5-8).
Rosemount showed strength in distance events as well as the throws. The Irish’s Spencer Schultz won the 1,600 in 4:37.91, with teammate Luke Labatte winning the 3,200 in 10:11.70.
Jonathan Mann picked up a victory for Rosemount in the 110 hurdles in 15.65. The Irish were almost 30 points ahead of Elk River in the race for second place.
Eagan senior Ryan Steger took first in the 800 in 1:59.04 and was the only runner to break 2 minutes in the event. The Wildcats’ Trenton Allen finished second in the 1,600 in 4:40.82. Owen Sackmaster cleared 11-0 to take second in the pole vault. Grant Oettinger took third in the triple jump, an event won by Elk River’s Christopher Udalla, runner-up in last year’s state Class AA meet.
Host school Farmington had a third place by Alexander Hall in the 300 hurdles in 42.13. Maurice Houston was third in the 100 in 11.55. Makaia Childress placed fourth in the 200.
Lakeville South and Eagan are scheduled to compete in the Shakopee Relays on Thursday, while Farmington will go to the Lakeville North Mega Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday. Eagan will hold its own invitational meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, with Apple Valley, Farmington, Lakeville South and Shakopee among the other teams competing.
The first time all South Suburban Conference teams will be on the same track at the same time is May 2 in the conference relays at Shakopee Middle School.