Girls track: Two events, 16 points for Irish
The Rosemount girls track and field team was hoping to have more of a presence at last week's Class 2A state track and field meet at Hamline University.
The Irish had wanted more state qualifiers from the section meet, and lamented missing out on at least one more relay qualifier.
When they finally hit the track at Hamline, the few Rosemount representatives certainly made the most of their appearances.
The Irish placed in a tie for 22nd in team scoring, earning 16 points in just two events.
"It's pretty respectable," Rosemount coach Sara Hatleli said. "That's a pretty good showing for as few athletes that we did have there. We were fairly impressed with the kids. They did what they needed to do and did it well."
Hopkins won the team title with 84 points, but the Irish scored points in each of their events.
Shade Pratt was the lone individual qualifier, earning a trip in the 400-meter dash. The 4x400 team also qualified.
Pratt was involved in each event.
She placed fourth in the open 400, posting her season-best time in the finals.
"Quite honestly, I think she was a little disappointed," Hatleli said. "She was hoping for something more. That's just the way it ended up. It says a lot about her. When an athlete is disappointed with a performance it can be hard mentally to come back and run another race and she came back in the 4x400 and ran fantastic."
Pratt crossed the finish line in 56.43 seconds in the individual 400. She also finished fourth in the event last year.
With Pratt running the anchor leg, Rosemount then set a school record in the 4x400 relay.
Thana Hussein, Rachel Schow, Hannah Grim and Pratt finished second in the 4x400 finals with a time of 3 minutes, 52.34 seconds, breaking the old school record by more than four seconds.
"In the prelims they did what they needed to do to get into the finals," Hatleli said. "Then to run that fast is pretty amazing. Everyone had their best race of the season."
Hussein and Pratt were on the relay team which set the previous school record in last year's state preliminaries.
This year's quartet cut five seconds off its section meet time, and wasn't far off the previous state record either.
Unfortunately, they trailed Hopkins which won the event with a new state record.
"Our girls have to be, at least, in the top-10 all-time in the state," Hatleli said. "It might be one of the top five times ever. That kind of time could win the state meet most any other year."
Hopkins set the previous record of 3:51.28 in last year's state finals, and then broke the mark this year with a 3:51.26 finish.