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Girls track and field: Schow sweeps hurdles

The Rosemount girls track team ended up in fifth place for the second straight year at the Section 3AA True Team meet, but it was a much more promising fifth place finish this time around.

Last year, the Irish scored 658 points and wound up well back of fourth place. Last Tuesday at Apple Valley they scored 759 points and would have been in position to overtake Shakopee for fourth and sneak closer to third-place Eastview if not for a disqualification in the 4x100 relay.

Returning state hurdle champion Rachel Schow accounted for 60 of the Irish’s points, sweeping the events she won last spring at Hamline University. She won the 100 hurdles in a time of 15.36 seconds and came back to take the 300 hurdles in 46.45 seconds. Teammate Shae Buchman was fifth in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the 300 hurdles.

The Irish placed two individuals in the top 10 in three other events, as well. Marisa Knott and Josie French placed 3-5 in the 100, Kailey Askew and French tied for eighth in the high jump, each clearing 4-10 and Liz Evenocheck and Sydney Hansen placed sixth and ninth, respectively, in the 1,600.

French added a sixth-place individual finish in the triple jump. Hansen placed seventh against a fast field in the 800 and Evenocheck snuck into the top 10 with a ninth-place run in the 3,200. Renae Otto tacked on a ninth-place run in the 100 hurdles.

Morgan Lawler ran to sixth in the open 400 and ran legs on a pair of placing relays. She joined Hansen, Madison Schroeder and Schow for a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 and teamed up with Schroeder, Anna Wise and Natalie Narloch for seventh in the 4x800.

The Irish quartet of Buchman, Jenna Eichten, Lindsey Vermurlen and Arianna Passeri added a seventh-place run in the 4x200.

The Irish failed to place any competitors in the top nine in the shot put, discus, long jump, pole vault or 200.