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Girls cross country: Rosemount repeats 10th place at State

Rosemount runner Tori Grund runs toward the finish line at Saturday's Class 2A State Cross Country Championships in Northfield.

When the Rosemount girls cross country team was struggling at the first mile mark in last week's Class 2A state meet, a repeat of last year's 10th-place finish looked to be slipping away quickly.

The Irish had reached their goal this season of qualifying for the state meet for the second straight year. Yet, it was quickly starting to appear the highlight would be qualifying.

Rosemount was in last place after the first mile.

But, just like the boys team had done just an hour earlier, the Irish girls weren't ready to concede anything.

Proving they could handle the course, the windy conditions and a deep field, Rosemount surged and finished in 10th place as a team, equaling their finish last season.

"We would've liked to be in a slightly better position by the mile, but looking at the final results, girls that went out a little too hard at the mile finished behind our pack," Irish coach Chris Harder said. "We needed to move a little better after the 600-meter mark, but overall we had a good experience."

It was the Irish's third appearance, and second consecutive, at the state meet. Eden Prairie won the Class 2A team title with 69 team points at last weekend's meet at St. Olaf College. Rosemount scored 242 points.

Junior Tori Grund led the way for the Irish, placing 33rd in team scoring and 59th overall. She covered the course in 15 minutes, 33.2 seconds.

"Tori Grund improved her time from last year and had a very nice finish," Harder said. "She broke 3:00 for the final 800 meters, which is a good indicator of her finish. She has been a solid contributor for our program the last few years. Tori will lead a veteran group next year to try and make it three in a row for state appearances."

Senior Shade Pratt continued her late-season push for Rosemount, placing 43rd for team scoring and 77th overall. She finished in 15:40.9.

Ninth grader Hannah Grim crossed the finish line in 15:44.2, placing 49th for team scoring and 86th overall.

"Hannah Grim had a tougher go out there than last year," Harder said. "She hung tough the last mile and helped put us in the top 10. Hannah has such a bright future. She will be heard from again."

Senior Ashley Comstock finished with a time of 15:48.9. She was 53rd in team scoring, placing 92nd overall.

"She has meant so much to our program with her work ethic, sense of pacing, and her consistent race performances," Harder said. "She will be a factor in the 3,200 next spring."

Junior Laura Dennis crossed the line in 16:04.1, capping the team scoring with a 64th-place finish in team scoring and 110th overall.

Junior Thana Hussein finished in 134th overall with a time of 16:28.4. Sophomore Taylor Rambo ran a time of 16:30.4, placing 138th individually.