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Girls track: Girls starting breakthrough coach hoped for

With increased numbers this season and several returning athletes, Rosemount girls track and field coach Sara Hatleli expected her team to continue the improvement it showed last season.

Only two meets into the season, the Irish are showing the growth their coach was hoping for. The Lakeville Mega Meet, the second meet of the season for Rosemount, ended in an eighth-place team finish. Last season, the Irish were 20th.

Last week's Irish invitational was another solid showing. Rosemount placed third out of eight teams in the home meet.

"Overall we were pretty happy with the results," Hatleli said. "We felt throughout the whole meet we were in the hunt and Eastview, Prior Lake and us were clearly the top three teams and not very many points separated us in the end."

Eastview won the team title with 160 points. Rosemount scored 150.

Shade Pratt won the 100-meter dash and 800 run. She also teamed with Laura Dennis, Sara Feeser and Thana Hussein in winning the 4x400 relay.

Katie Murgic won the pole vault competition, breaking her own school record for the second time this season. She cleared 11 feet, 6 inches, the top mark in the state this season. Murgic also won the pole vault at the Hamline Elite meet last weekend.

Tori Grund won the 1,600 and was second in the 3,200.

Alyssa Temte won the 100 hurdles and was third in the triple jump.

Dennis added a second place finish in the 800 and the high jump. Natalie Busher tied for third in the high jump.

The Irish went 1-3-6 in the 100 with Pratt's win, while Murgic placed third and Hussein was sixth. Hussein was also third in the 400.

Madeline Phillips placed sixth in the 200 and 400.

Busher crossed the line in fifth in the 300 hurdles, while Kristina McGivern placed eighth.

Jenna Bangerter finished in a tie for sixth in the pole vault.

Kirsten Hoffman was eighth in the triple jump and Jennifer Fleming finished eighth in the shot put.

Hannah Buecksler, Ashley McDonald and Anansa Greenfield placed 4-5-8, respectively, in the discus.