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Girls track and field: Irish third at Prior Lake

Shae Buchman and Sydney Hanson scored first-place finishes while leading the Rosemount girls track team to a third-place tie in its first official outdoor meet of the season last Thursday in Prior Lake.

The Irish matched Burnsville with 57 points. The Host Lakers doubled up runner-up Stillwater Area and rolled by the rest of the six-team field with 167 points.

“I was pleased with the meet. We ended up third as a team, but what’s more important is that we are trying kids in different events and seeing where everyone fits in this season,” Rosemount coach Sara Hatleli said.

Buchman, an eighth grader, topped the rest of the field in the 100 hurdles where she clocked in at 16.10 seconds. Sydney Hanson ran to a two-second margin of victory in the 800 with a time of 2:32.47.

The Irish had eight other top-three finishes, including one in each of the four relays. The 4x800 reached the finish second and the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 each sprinted to third place.

Josie French just missed a gold medal in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 12.92 was good enough for second place. Third-place finishes were turned in by Morgan Lawler in the 400, Liz Evenocheck in the 3,200 and Marisa Knott in the 200.

Sixth-place efforts were supplied by Abigail Monn in the shot put, Rachelle Maltese in the long jump, Ellen Stefanko in the 3,200, Jenna Eichten in the 100 hurdles and Anna Wise in the 800. The Irish went scoreless in the discus, 1,600, 300 hurdles, high jump, pole vault and triple jump.

“I think we will be really strong in the hurdles and sprints, probably the deepest we’ve been since I have been the coach,” Hatleli said. “I'm also really impressed with the leadership we have seen from several different athletes. The team has good chemistry and they are all so supportive of one another. Coaching a group of kids like this makes my job truly enjoyable.”

The Irish were back on the track for a home meet with Eagan, Eastview and Prior Lake Tuesday afternoon.