Boys track and field: Irish, Tiger athletes elite at Hamline
All four area track teams emerged from talented fields to crown champions at Friday’s Hamline Elite Meet.
Otterdahl’s big throws resulted in a pair of new personal records. His shot put toss of 58 feet, ¾ of an inch bested second place by over a foot and his discus spin of 167-9 won the event by four feet.
Schow slipped to fourth behind a record-setting field in the 100 hurdles, but came back to win the 300 hurdles in a meet-record time of 43.87 seconds.
Hyytinen had the biggest breakout race of his career, defeating state champion Obsa Ali of Richfield by 61-hundredths of a second in the 1,600 with a time of 4:14.05. The five-second personal-best broke a 30-year-old Farmington school record. Hyytinen added a 13th-place time of 9:53.72 in the 3,200.
The Farmington girls took over four seconds off their seed time to win the 4x200 relay in 1:43.90. Senior Izzie Ferm, freshman Emma Record, sophomore Jennifer Miller and junior Megan Graham combined to edge Wayzata’s foursome by a third of a second.
The Rosemount girls added a ninth-place finish in the 4x200. Marisa Knott, Shae Buchman, Morgan Lawler and Jenna Eichten ran for the Irish. Josie French added a 15th-place finish in the 100.
The Tiger boys turned in five other place-winning performances, the best a third-place run by the 4x400 relay. Tanner Grubb placed fifth in the 200 in 22.59, Nehemiah Rockett (300 hurdles) and Wyatt Ferm (high jump) each provided sixth-place finishes and Devon Webb was ninth in the 800 final in 2:00.74.