Girls track and field: Irish show improvement at home meet
Defending Class 2A state 100 and 300 hurdles champion Rachel Schow returned to the lineup and won both events while leading the Rosemount girls track team to a second-place team finish at its own Irish Invitational last Tuesday at Irish Stadium.
Eagan won the four-team meet with 106 points. The Irish outscored Prior Lake by 10 in the battle for second with 75 points.
“There were a lot of good performances. Times, heights and distances continue to improve each meet, which is really encouraging,” Rosemount coach Sara Hatleli said. “We are all looking forward to warmer weather, but the kids have really been positive and motivated to work hard and continue getting better as the season goes on.”
Schow picked up right where she left off last spring at Hamline University, winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.79 seconds that broke her own meet record by 16-hundredths of a second. She went on to take the 300 hurdles in 47.98 seconds.
Rosemount runners also placed first in two other individual events. Sydney Hanson won the 800 with a time of 2:32.45 and Josie French turned in a time of 13.35 seconds to top the field in the 100. The 4x200 relay also grabbed gold, winning in 1:48.68.
The Irish placed second in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and took third in the 4x800. Distance runner Liz Evenocheck grabbed a silver medal by finishing the 1,600 in 5:22.60, ninth-grader Morgan Lawler clocked in at 1:03.16 to place second in the 400 and Marisa Knott and Shae Buchman were 2-3 in the 200. Buchman tacked on a fifth-place run in the 100 hurdles.
Other scoring doubles were provided by Kailey Askew in the high jump (fourth) and 100 (fifth), Renae Otto in the 100 hurdles (fourth) and 300 hurdles (fifth) and Rachelle Maltese in the long jump (third) and triple jump (fourth).
Seventh-grader Arianna Passeri chipped in a fourth-place leap of 14-6 in the long jump and Jennifer Bush was fourth in the 400 in 1:04.12. Placing fifth were Madison Schroeder in the 400, Natalie Narloch in the 800, French in the high jump and Abigail Monn in the shot put.
The Irish compete again Tuesday in a South Suburban Conference meet at Prior Lake.