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Boys track and field: Relays pace Tiger boys at True Team

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Twenty-six personal-best performances, including 14 that landed in the top 10, carried the Farmington boys track team to sixth place out of nine teams at last Tuesday's Section 1AAA True Team section meet in Rochester.

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The Tigers scored 584 points, 37 off the pace of fifth-place Lakeville North. Host Rochester Mayo edged Owatonna for the team title, 902 1/2-844 1/2.

Ninety-six of the team's points were scored in the four relays, which all placed in the top five. The 4x200 and 4x400 relays set the pace, each finishing in third place.

Tommy Weigel was a part of both relays. He joined Ryan Parco, Jack Erickson and Troy Hoffman for a 1:35.34 clocking in the 4x200 and Tyler Lerbakken, Chad Retterath and Tanner Grubb for a 3:31.87 in the 4x400.

Retterath, Lerbakken, Eric Stoeckmann and Luis Rodriguez teamed up for a fifth-place time of 8:27.23 in the 4x800 and Athen Ashton, Mason Auge, Alex Chadwick and Klotter came in fifth in the 4x100.

The Tigers' highest individual finishes went to freshman distance standout Justin Hyytinen. He placed fourth behind three Rochester Mayo runners in the 1,600 with a time of 4:34.06 and added a season-best time of 10:01.70 that was good enough for sixth in the 3,200.

Weigel and Lerbakken added seventh-place showings in the 400 and 800, respectively.

Grubb was eighth in the 400 in 53.03, Reid Taubenheim cleared 12 feet for eighth in the pole vault and Justin Hett sailed 19-8 1/2 for eighth in the long jump.

Hett was also ninth in the triple jump, as was Dan Berg in the high jump and CJ Wynings in the discus.

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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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