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Girls cross country: Grim qualifies for state

Rosemount's Liz Evenocheck just missed a return trip to the state meet with an 18th-place finish.

The 20-mile jaunt down Highway 3 from Rosemount to Northfield has become a yearly tradition for Hannah Grim.

The Rosemount junior will become the first cross country runner in school history to compete at the state cross country meet four straight years when the Class 2A girls race gets under way at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Olaf College. Grim qualified with a season-best time of 15 minutes, 24 seconds, that earned her ninth place out of 100 runners on the 4,000-meter course at the soggy Section 3AA Championships last Thursday at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley.

"Hannah gets it done in big meets and this year was no different. She competed well in a very strong section," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. "She will need to run her best to earn All-State honors. She already has earned academic all-state honors with her section finish and her GPA."

Grim just missed All-State honors her eighth-grade year when she led a 10th-place Irish team with a 28th-place time of 15:35. As a freshman she slipped to 86th place as the team once again earned 10th and last year she came in 122nd in 16:05.

Grim's best time is a 14:58, which she turned in last year on the University of Minnesota course.

The Irish finished sixth out of 14 teams at the section meet with 153 points. Eagan placed six runners in the top seven to win the title and Prior Lake edged Burnsville 105-106 for the second team qualifying spot.

Sophomore Liz Evenocheck just missed a return trip to state. She placed 18th in a time of 15:48.

A pair of seniors closed out their careers with finishes in the top half of the field. Taylor Rambo was 28th in 16:19 and Taybri Irving was 47th in 16:51.

Seventh-grader Sydney Regalado served as the team's No. 5 runner with a 51st-place time of 16:59. Natalie Narloch (17:11) followed in 55th and Rachel Schow (17:46) came in 74th.