Cross country: Runners face tough competition at Eagle Invite
Saturday's Eagle Invitational provided some talented competition for the Rosemount girls cross country team.
Going up against five of the top 10 ranked teams in the state, the Irish placed 13th out of 20 teams with 311 points in Apple Valley. Eagan topped Edina 75-117 for the team title. Chanhassen, Eden Prairie and Lakeville South rounded out the top five.
"Overall, as a team we competed better than we did at the Applejack meet last week," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said.
Junior Hannah Grim rebounded from a disappointing finish at the Applejack Invitational to lead the team with a 30th-place time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds on the 4,000-meter course. Grim's clocking bested Rosemount alum Heather Dorniden's top junior time on the course, which she ran in 2003.
"Hannah Grim showed the competitor that she is with a huge comeback from disappointment last week," Harder said.
Senior Taybri Irving moved up in the lineup to place second for Rosemount and 59th overall in 16:18 and senior Taylor Rambo was right behind with a 61st-place time of 16:20.
Liz Evenocheck, who led the Irish at the first few meets of the season, faded to a 67th-place time of 16:27, and Rachel Schow provided the team's fifth counting score with a 94th-place 17:15.
Sydney Regalado (104th, 17:32) and Natalie Narloch (112th, 17:44) also competed for the Irish.
"The effort displayed by newcomers Rachel Schow, Natalie Narloch and Sydney Regalado is encouraging," Harder said.
The Rosemount boys, ranked sixth in the state, sat out the Eagle Invitational to rest up for Saturday's Griak Invitational in Minneapolis. The Irish will compete in the Gold Division along with other top teams from around the Midwest, including West Des Moines Dowling Catholic, Bismarck, Shawnee Mission Northwest (Kansas), Wayzata and Edina.
JV boys fourth, girls 12th
The Rosemount JV boys team placed fourth out of 22 teams at Apple Valley.
Joe Manders led the Irish JV with a seventh-place time of 17:58. Kevin Sutton was 15th in 18:25, followed by Joe Neuens in 22nd at 18:32, Sam Karlson in 23rd at 18:34 and Aaron Elizondo 30th in 18:48.
Mike Knoll added a 50th-place 19:00 clocking and Daniel Rosa was 71st in 19:23.
Lizzie Thooft (64th), Alyssa Watkins (67th), Briana Cleveland (70th) and Naomi Alvarez (74th) led the 12th-place JV girls.