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Girls track and field: Irish, Tigers soak up the sun

Farmington's Maricia Pacheco receives the handoff from her sister Maricella Pacheco in the 4x800.

The snow melted and the sun came out just long enough to get the Irish Girls Invitational track meet completed last Tuesday night at Irish Stadium.

Prior Lake won the meet with 165 1/2 points, followed by Eagan with 102 and third-place Rosemount with 66 1/2 points. Farmington was a close fourth with 58 1/2 points, ahead of teams from Rochester Century, Eastview and Northfield.

Two straight days with temperatures in the mid-40s were just enough to clear the track, which was covered up by six more inches of snow just two days later.

"We were thrilled to get the meet in. It was our first meet, so there were some good things and definite areas of improvement, but overall things went well," Rosemount coach Sara Hatleli said. "We know what we need to work on. We also saw some really promising performances in several events."

Several of those promising performances came from freshman Josie French, who placed in three individual events. She was second in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.18 seconds, and third in both the high jump (4-10) and long jump (15-9).

Returning all-state athlete Rachel Schow captured the Irish's lone first-place finish in the 100 hurdles with a meet-record time of 15.95 seconds. She also joined French, Haley Polk and Daria Cathey for a second-place finish in the 4x100 relay and Ellie Vraa, Maddie Schroeder and Hannah Grim for a third-place showing in the 4x400.

The Irish 4x200 and 4x800 each added fourth-place efforts.

In the field events, returning state qualifier Katie Duff placed third in the discus and Abigail Monn was fifth in the shot put.

Liz Evenocheck added a fourth-place run in the 3,200 and Vraa was fifth in the 100 hurdles. Grim (1,600) and Cathey (200) each added sixth-place individual finishes.

Defending 100 hurdles and long jump state champion Nadia Lorencz led Farmington with three second-place finishes. She stumbled over the last two hurdles, but still placed second behind Schow in the 100 hurdles, covered 16-1 in the long jump and teamed up with Izzie Ferm for a 2-3 showing in the triple jump.

Ferm, Alicia Hett, Maria Kiminski and Megan Graham also combined on a second-place finish in the 4x400.

Hett, Alex Frost, Sam Hyytinen and Sofia Chadwick were fifth in the 4x800 and Kelli Elmer, Emma Record, Jennifer Miller and Nicole Doran were sixth in the 4x100.

Record, a freshman, added a fourth-place time of 13.35 in the 100, and Graham and Kiminski finished 3-4 in the 400.

Other place-winners were Destiny Schmitz in the high jump (5th), Morgan Cecchettini in the long jump (6th) and Maricia Pacheco in the 1,600 (8th).