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Girls track: Irish send two to state

Rosemount's Madeline Phillips competes in the 300 hurdles at last weekend's Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South

Dealing with a tough start to the season and with some injuries mixed in, the Rosemount girls track and field team dealt with an inconsistent season.

The hope for the Irish was they would put together their best effort in last week's Class 2A, Section 1 championship meet. Rosemount again had mixed results.

The Irish scored 50.50 team points to place seventh overall as a team. Lakeville North won the team title with 140 points.

"It was kind of all over the place," Rosemount coach Sara Hatleli said. "In some events we had some great performances to make it into the finals. Some of the events, kids had their best performances of the season, but just didn't make the finals. They did their best and we can't ask for anything more."

Shade Pratt won the 400-meter dash, qualifying for this week's state meet. The Irish also qualified for state in the 4x400 relay with Thana Hussein, Pratt, Rachel Schow and Hannah Grim combining to win the event at the section meet.

The 4x800 relay team of Grim, Tori Grund, Laura Dennis and Pratt just missed qualifying for state after placing second at the section meet and missing the state-qualifying standard time by just three seconds.

"We had some good performances," Hatleli said. "We were hoping for the 4x800 after they ran the state standard last week. It just wasn't their day."

Along with the state qualifiers, Rosemount had several athletes competing in the section finals.

Madeline Phillips, Schow, Kaitlyn Debaun and Jana Elliott teamed up in the 4x200, finishing with the Irish's top time of the season. They placed 11th in the event.

Hussein and Schow followed each other across the finish line in the 100 dash, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.

"We have a tough section," Hatleli said. "To make it into the finals, that's something to say about yourself as athletes."

Dennis placed fourth in the 800 with Grund taking eighth. Bridget Burkard added a 10th-place finish in the 1,600, while Grim was 10th in the 3,200.

Natalie Busher tied for fifth in the high jump and finished 10th in the triple jump. Katie Duff advanced to the finals in the discus, eventually taking fourth.

"She's only a sophomore and she threw over 120 feet," Hatleli said. "That's only four feet off the standard. There were definitely some great performances that make us excited for the future. They might not quite be making the finals now, but next year with more experience we hope some of them can make the finals."