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Boys track and field: FHS Tigers take second at New Prague

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Former thrower Troy Hoffman emerged to win a pair of sprint events in leading the Farmington boys track team to second place at the closely-contested New Prague Triangular last Thursday.

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Hoffman ran personal-record times of 11.99 and 24.05 seconds in winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. As a team, the Tigers won seven events, set 97 personal records and scored 57 points to edge the host Trojans by half of a point. Shakopee won the meet with 72 1/2 points.

"(Hoffman) has looked great in practice this last week and has gained some confidence. That was a nice find Thursday night," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "We won a number of events, but more importantly we competed in all the events.... We had three buses go to New Prague without an open seat left between the boys and girls. It was a long meet, but we had an army of athletes, which was awesome."

The Tigers opened the meet with a win in the 4x800 relay. The foursome of Jared Wolt, Trevor Breezely, Eric Stoeckman and Tyler Lerbakken combined on a time of 8:52.42.

Freshman Justin Hyytinen continued the team's success in the distance events by re-setting his own freshman record in the 1,600 with a first-place time of 4:41.84.

The Tigers' other three first-place efforts came in the field events. CJ Wynings claimed the discus with a spin of 122 feet, 1 inch, Reid Taubenheim cleared 11-6 in the pole vault and Joe Ouyang tossed the discus 42-7 1/2.

"We won seven events, which is a long ways from last year, but now we need to start getting our second through fifth runners placing and getting us points for some team success," Helmstetter said.

The Tigers secured second place in three events at New Prague. Jake Rudeen was runner-up in the 3,200, Mason Gaylord was second in the triple jump and the 4x400 relay of Clayton Webb, Tommy Weigel, Stoeckman and Lerbakken came in second.

Weigel (400), Dan Berg (110 hurdles), Chad Retterath (3,200), Justin Hett (long jump) and Sam Wyatt (triple jump) each added third-place finishes.

The Tigers were back on the track Tuesday when they hosted the annual Tiger Invite at Tiger Stadium. Results can be found online at farmingtonindependent.com.

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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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