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Girls track: Late addition for eager Irish

Sara Feeser gets the baton from Thana Hussein during the 4x200-meter relay in last Thursday's meet in Rosemount.

When the season opened, Rosemount girls track and field coach Sara Hatleli wasn't worrying about any poor spring weather.

Hatleli figured each team was in the same position and the Irish were able to compete in the season's first meet at Prior Lake.

Then the weather turned worse at inopportune times and Rosemount was left without many competitions.

It led the Irish to invite teams in last week for an unscheduled meet. The Irish's home meet on Tuesday was canceled, but Rosemount invited those, and other teams, back for a meet Thursday.

"I think it was a little frustrating for kids and the coaches not to get meets in," Hatleli said. "We were excited to start and then we get one meet in and we've had terrible weather after that. It's not a great situation, but everyone is in the same boat. The kids have actually had really good attitudes. We are practicing when we don't have meets, so they are making the most of it."

But the Irish were excited for the chance at a competition on Thursday. Team scores were not recorded, but Rosemount's individuals got the chance to compete in their events.

"It was very thrown together," Hatleli said."Everyone was so desperate for a meet, we didn't care. We just wanted to get a competition in, give the kids an opportunity to compete."

Hatleli liked what she saw for just the second meet of the season.

"We saw some good things," Hatleli said. "There are definitely areas we can always improve on. The weather still wasn't good. We still saw some real good results even through the weather."

In the 100-meter hurdles, Rosemount's Piper Murray took second place with teammate Rachel Olson finishing third and Jana Elliott placing fourth.

Bridget Burkard won the 1,600 run with Taybri Irving crossing the line in fifth and Taylor Sommers in sixth.

Tori Grund won the 3,200 run. Teammate Taylor Rambo placed fourth and Ashley Comstock took fifth.

Hannah Grim won the 800 and Kaitlyn Kleiber crossed the line in fifth.

"Across the board the distance runners had a good day," Hatleli said. "A lot of kids dropped times.

"The distance runners are the least affected by weather like this. They trained all winter running in the snow. In all reality for the distance runners, they aren't coming out of blocks like a sprinter and the injury concerns for them are different."

Rosemount's Sydney Narloch was third in the 400 with Sara Feeser crossing the line in sixth.

The Irish might have had their best team performance in the 300 hurdles. Madeline Phillips took second place. Olson took third with Elliott in fourth. Murray was fifth.

Phillips added a third-place finish in the 200. Narloch was fourth and Olson was sixth.

Rosemount won the 4x400 relay.

Natalie Busher won the triple jump and high jump.

Claire Jude finished third in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. Laura Dennis added a third in the high jump.

Murray was third in the pole vault followed by Kelly Rowe in fourth.

Katherine Toombs finished second in the shot put and Katie Duff was third. Haley VonBank took sixth.

In the discus, Taylor Grzywacz placed fourth. Molly Gruenke was fifth and Ashley Hoeft took sixth.

Rosemount is scheduled to compete in the South Suburban Conference relays on Tuesday, May 3 at Prior Lake.