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Boys track: 4x400, Hyytinen shine at Hamline

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The Farmington boys track team made the most of its two events at Friday night's Hamline Elite Meet in St. Paul.

The 4x400 foursome of Tyler Lerbakken, Tommy Weigel, Justin Hyytinen and Tanner Grubb combined for a school-record time of 3 minutes, 25.17 seconds that was good enough for second place behind event champion Wayzata.

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"We have a talented group of middle distance runners and these four, at this point in the season, have run well," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.

Hyytinen also qualified in the 1,600 and came through with a personal-best time of 4:26.56 to place eighth out of 16 runners.

A day earlier, the Tigers got their whole team some much-needed time on the track. Four buses of athletes made the trip to Red Wing and the boys team won 11 events during a 192-113 victory over runner-up New Prague.

Hyytinen swept the 3,200 (10:09) and 1,600 (4:30) and only a disqualification kept the Tigers from a shot at completing a sweep of the four relays.

Tanner Grubb led a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 with a winning time of 23.39 seconds. Auge and Alex Chadwick came in 2-3 in the 100 and Tyler Lerbakken won the 400 with a 53.09 clocking.

Dan Berg and Nehemiah Rockett went 1-2 in the 110 hurdles and Rockett won the 300 hurdles in convincing fashion with a time of 42.85. Berg added a second-place showing in the high jump.

Another 1-2 Tiger finish came in the 800 where Jared Wolt clocked in at 2:03.2, four seconds ahead of runner-up Devon Webb.

CJ Wynings won the team's lone field event title with a spin of 122 feet, 3 inches in the discus. Placing second were Mason Gaylord in the triple jump (38-11), Michael Husnik in the shot put (40-2) and Connor Phu in the pole vault (12-0)

The Tigers are back in action tonight at the Shakopee Invitational.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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