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Girls track and field: Irish fifth at own invitational

South Suburban Conference rivals Prior Lake, Eagan and Eastview provided a tough test for the Rosemount girls track team at its home Irish Invitational last Tuesday at Irish Stadium.

Those three teams occupied the top three spots in the final team standings (Prior Lake, 155 ½; Eagan, 146 ½; Eastview, 107) and combined to win 10 of the meet's 18 events. Northfield slipped into fourth place with 104 points, leaving the hosts fifth in the eight-team field with 92 points.

Freshman Rachel Schow and senior Natalie Busher each won individual events for Rosemount. Schow approached Shade Pratt's meet record in the 100-meter dash while finishing first in 13.03 seconds, while Busher won the triple jump by covering 34 feet, 10 inches.

Busher rounded out a busy day in the field events by placing fifth in the long jump at 15-6 and fifth in the high jump at 4-10.

Schow joined Josie French, Daria Cathey and Ellie Vraa for an all-freshmen third-place finish in the 4x100 and led a 4-5-6 Irish finish, along with Madeline Phillips and Vraa, in the 300 hurdles.

Rosemount also placed third in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Vraa, Thana Hussein, Laura Dennis and Tori Grund combined on a 4:14.51 clocking in the 4x400 and Elizabeth Evenocheck, Taylor Rambo, Natalie Narloch and Emma Thompson circled the track eight times 10:17.84 for third in the 4x800.

Evenocheck and Rambo added a 3-5 finish in the 3,200. Dennis turned in a seventh-place finish in the 800 and Grund and Emily Davis reached the finish 7-8 in the 1,600.

The Irish also got a scoring double in the discus, led by Katie Duff's second-place spin of 121-01. Teammate Taylor Gryzwacz was eighth at 96-11. Elaine Gillis added an eighth-place effort in the shot put.

Kailey Askew tacked on a season-best time of 27.35 in placing third in the 200 and Renae Otto was eighth in the 110 hurdles in 18.05.