Girls track: Busher wins SSC triple jump title
Natalie Busher's big jump in the triple jump highlighted the Rosemount girls track team's appearance at the South Suburban Conference Championships.
Busher, seventh last year in the event, was Rosemount's lone conference champion thanks to a leap of 37 feet, 3/4 inches. She fouled on her first two preliminary jumps before qualifying for finals with leap of 35-5, and then had two 34-foot efforts before breaking out on her last jump of the day.
The Irish dropped one place from last year, coming in eighth out of 10 teams with 46 1/2 points at the league meet in Burnsville. Lakeville South ran away with the team title with 176 points, topping runner-up Prior Lake by 72 1/2 points.
Busher was part of two other point-scoring efforts. She placed third in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-2 and teamed up with Madeline Phillips, Josie French and Ellie Vraa for a fifth-place finish in the 4x200. The Irish's 4x400 foursome of Phillips, Laura Dennis, Tori Grund and Thana Hussein and 4x800 group of Grund, Dennis, Natalie Narloch and Emma Thompson also came in fifth.
Phillips supplied Rosemount's top individual finish on the track, coming in second in the 300 hurdles in a time of 47.22 seconds.
Hussein was fifth in the 100, Liz Evenocheck sixth in the 3,200 and Piper Murray seventh in the pole vault.
The Irish began prelims at the section meet Tuesday at the University of St. Thomas and are back there this afternoon with state meet berths on the line. Check out rosemounttownpages.com for section meet updates.