Girls cross country: Rosemount girls second in both races at Battle Creek
Rosemount girls cross country coach Chris Harder enjoys seeing competition among his own runners.
While the final results often highlight the top runners for the Irish, Harder knows the team's depth is important in the team results. The coach knows that while they aren't always factoring into the scoring, all of the runners are responsible for pushing their teammates to improved finishes.
The depth runners got the chance to take the spotlight on Monday in the Math and Science Academy's grade level challenge meet at Battle Creek in St. Paul.
While the varsity prepares for today's Class 2A, Section 3 meet at Valleywood Golf Course, the rest of the team had one more regular-season meet this season.
The Irish placed second as a team in the 11th- and 12th-grade division, scoring 39 points. Rosemount was just one point behind Eagan's winning effort. The Irish also finished second behind Eagan in the junior-and-under division.
Rosemount senior Sara Feeser won the junior-plus division race with a time of 17:16.92.
Junior Megan Lane covered the course in 17:46.88, to place sixth.
Junior Chloe Schurb was eighth in 17:48.71 and senior Taylor Sommers placed ninth in 17:49.94.
Senior Kaitlyn Kleiber crossed the line in 18:32.92 to finish 15th.
Junior Lydia Karlson (17th place, 18:40.75) and Mariah Brammer (25th, 19:07.60) also finished in the top 25.
"We had a nice mix of seniors and juniors in this race with good results," Harder said. "These girls were the core of our depth this season. Most of these girls regularly attended summer workouts and showed steady improvement over the last few seasons."
Eagan took six of the top seven individual finishes in thejunior-and-under division, but Rosemount sophomore Lizzie Thooft broke up the Wildcats' dominance.
Thooft finished fifth, crossing the finish line in 17:38.50.
"Lizzie Thooft really had a breakthrough season and could contend for a varsity spot next season," Harder said. "We had a nice freshman pack that could be heard from in the coming years."
Rosemount ninth-grader Kaylee Wyss finished 14th in 18:13.46.
Brianna Cleveland (18:28.64) placed 19th. Molly Reber (18:35.24) was 21st, and Lauren Johnson (18:47.90) finished 24th.