4x100 finishes 2nd, sets school record
Farmington's boys track team showed marked improvement in its second showing at the True Team State Meet.
A year ago, the Tigers finished eighth out of nine teams in their debut at the depth-oriented track competition in Stillwater. They were only a place better on Friday afternoon, finishing seventh in a tight team race, but coach Brian Helmstetter's talented group scored 120 more points this year despite the loss of the points provided by 2007 state champion Trey Davis in the shot put and discus.
Eden Prairie won the team title with 811 points, switching places with defending champion Mounds View, which ended up second with 808.5 points. Roseville was third with 722 points, followed by Forest Lake (687.5), Anoka (687), Brainerd (629.5), Farmington (621.5), Mankato West (549.5) and Eagan (492.5).
The Tigers made their biggest impact in the sprint events. The 4x100 relay team of Derek Waldbillig, Brandon Todd, Adam Sturm and Josh Jackson combined on a school-record time of 43.46 seconds that earned them second place, 35 hundredths of a second off the pace of Forest Lake. Jackson also finished second in the open 200 in 22.33 and anchored the 4x200 relay to a third-place 1:31.92 clocking.
The 4x800 also provided valuable points as Isaiah Rockett, Nathan Wyatt, Levi Freetly and Ryan Monroe combined for a fourth-place time of 8:22.99. Rockett tacked on a 10th-place time of 2:02.97 in the open 800, while Freetly was 16th in 2:04.63. Monroe was 16th in the 3,200 in 10:26.66.
Several athletes helped the Tigers rack up the team points in multiple open events. Josh Zitzmann was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 41.43 and fifth in the 110 highs in 15.95, while teammate Harrison Agbor-Eyong was 12th in the 300 hurdles and 11th in the 110 highs.
Michael Bendix provided points in a pair of jumping events, placing sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet, 7.75 inches, and earning ninth in the high jump, clearing 6-0. Jake Lippert also cleared 6-0 and finished a spot ahead of Bendix in eighth.
Logan Hussung was once again Farmington's best finisher in the throws. He placed 12th in the shot put with a toss of 47-6 and 15th in the discus with a spin of 130-08.
Other notable individual finishes came from Kevin Johnson in the 400 (seventh, 51.52) and Jordan Hauschild in the long jump (11th, 19-10). The 4x400 crossed the finish line eighth in 3:32.76, but relay members were not available.
The Tigers resumed their schedule with the Missota Conference Championships Tuesday at Prior Lake. The meet resumes this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.
After that, the team has a week off until the Section 1AA Meet opens next Thursday at Lakeville South High School.