Girls track: Relays strong for Irish
The Rosemount girls track and field team had a lot of time to prepare for last week's South Suburban Conference championships.
After the Irish varsity finished fourth out of eight teams at the Class 3A, Section 3 True Team meet, they had two weeks before another competition. It was reminiscent of earlier in the season when Rosemount was dealing with poor weather cancelling some meets.
Last week, the Irish were excited to get back to competition. And they certainly have learned how to deal with a long layoff.
"They were excited and I think that they trained properly and were ready to go mentally and physically," Rosemount coach Sara Hatleli said.
The Irish scored 59 team points to finish seventh out of 10 teams at last week's South Suburban Conference meet, just short of sixth-place Eagan's 63.50 points. Lakeville North won the team title with 117 points.
"I thought we did as well as we could have," Hatleli said. "I think probably 90 percent of the team had their best meet of the season and you can't ask for much more than that."
Rosemount wanted to win the relay events and came away with two top finishes.
Thana Hussein, Shade Pratt, Rachel Schow and Hannah Grim combined to win the 4x400-meter relay.
Grim, Tori Grund, Laura Dennis, and Pratt teamed up to win the 4x800 relay.
"In both the 4x400 and 4x800, they ran under the state standard and won," Hatleli said. "They got our fastest times all year. They looked good."
Pratt also added an individual win in the 400 with Hussein taking fourth in the event.
Dennis took fourth in the 800 with Schow crossing the line in seventh in the 100.
Grim placed seventh in the 1,600 and Grund finished in eighth place in the 3,200.
Natalie Busher had a strong showing in the jumping events.
Busher placed fourth in the high jump with Dennis just out of the reach of scoring in 10th. Busher added a seventh-place finish in the triple jump.
"Anyone that is running or competing in the conference finals has had a pretty good day," Hatleli said.
Katie Duff took third in the discus, clearing a personal-best 119 feet, 3 inches. She beat her previous best by 15 feet.
"That throw was pretty amazing," Hatleli said.
The Irish won't have to wait as long for their next competition. They will compete in the Class 2A, Section 3 preliminaries today at Lakeville South. The finals are scheduled for Saturday.
"We had some great success in particular events that gave them more confidence to possibly be able to compete and be competitive at the state meet," Hatleli said.