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Girls track and field: Schow, 4 x 1 set for state

Rachel Schow will get the chance to defend both of her state titles this weekend.

The Rosemount junior once again swept the hurdle races at last Thursday’s Section 3AA Championships at the University of St. Thomas, punching her ticket to the Class 2A state meet tomorrow and Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Schow will also get to try her hand at an obstacle-free race at Hamline after running a leg of Rosemount’s first-place 4x100 relay at the section meet. Schow, Marisa Knott, Josie French and Kailey Askew combined for a time of 49.21 seconds and the Irish’s third state-qualifying event. The team finished fifth in the 15-team field at St. Thomas with 56 points, six off the pace of fourth-place Eastview.

Schow geared up for state by setting a section record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.76 seconds. She pulled away from the pack in the 100 hurdles, winning by nearly eight tenths of a second in 14.34. Schow won her state championships last spring with times of 14.30 and 43.89.

Eighth-grader Shae Buchman and ninth-grader Morgan Lawler accounted for the Irish’s next-highest individual finishes. Buchman was fourth behind Schow in the 100 hurdles and Lawler placed fourth in the 400 finals. Lawler also teamed up with Sydney Hansen, Madison Schroeder and Liz Evenocheck for a third-place run in the 4x800 relay.

Lawler, Schroeder, Evenocheck and Jennifer Busho were sixth in the 4x400 and Buchman, Knott, Jenna Eichten and seventh-grader Arianna Passeri combined for seventh in the 4x200.

Hansen, another eighth-grader, placed sixth in the 800. French was eighth in the triple jump, Renae Otto came in eighth in the 100 hurdles and Passeri was ninth in the long jump.