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Girls Track and Field: Irish girls start strong, beat Apple Valley

Early in the track and field season, teams usually aren't concerned with team wins and losses. Most of the focus is on individual performances.

That theory holds true for the Rosemount girls track and field team, but the Irish were still taking a little bit of pride in winning their first meet.

Rosemount traveled to Apple Valley on Tuesday and won, 74-72.

"It was close," Irish coach Sara Hatleli said. "We haven't beaten Apple Valley in a long time. It was nice. Regardless of the score, we were thrilled with some of the performances all across the board."

In the first meet of the season, Hatleli wanted to see how her team competed.

"With all the new athletes on the team, we didn't know what to expect," Hatleli said. "There were a lot of surprises.

"With the returning athletes we had some fantastic performances, a lot of personal bests. In the first meet of the year that's not something that usually happens. It's pretty exciting to see."

The first three finishers in each event scored.

Rosemount swept the discus competition with Nicole Floersch, Ashley McDonald and Hannah Buecksler placing 1-2-3, respectively.

Katie Murgic won the high jump in her first-ever meet. She also was second in the pole vault.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Madeline Phillips, Shade Pratt, Kaitlyn Kleiber and Kali DeBaun finished first.

Kelsey Magnuson, Tori Grund, Thana Hussein and Ashley Comstock combined to win the 4x800 relay.

Pratt added a win in the 400. Magnuson was first in the individual 800, with Bridget Burkard placing second.

Grund won the 1,600. Ellen Fischer was second in the 3,200.

Ashley Roup was second in the 300 hurdles, while Alyssa Temte was second in the triple jump.