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Boys track and field: Tigers open season at home

Three Farmington runners clear the first hurdle in the 110 highs at last Tuesday's season-opening meet at Tiger Stadium. The boys won four events and finished third with 48 points.

Farmington won four events and came in third in the team race in its outdoor debut last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers scored 48 points, while Burnsville outscored Shakopee 75-63 for the team title at the three-team co-ed meet.

The 4x200 relay team of Mason Auge, Sean McHenry, Tyler Lerbakken and Mason Gaylord scored the team's first victory with a time of 1 minute, 38.44 seconds. Freshman Justin Hyytinen followed that up by turning heads with a winning time of 4:42.54 in the 1,600. Hyytinen defeated runner-up Cole O'Brien, a third-place finisher at the state cross country meet last fall, by nearly 11 seconds.

Sophomore Reid Taubenheim and junior Connor Phu added a 1-2 Tiger finish in the pole vault, clearing 12 and 11 feet, respectively, and Lerbakken won a close battle in the 400 with a time of 53.05.

Lerbakken was also part of a 4x400 relay that placed second in 3:44.46.

Senior Joe Ouyang placed second in the shot put (40 feet) and led a 2-3-4-5 finish in the discus with a spin of 114-8.

Justin Hett provided points in a pair of field events, as well, placing third in both the long jump (19-1) and triple jump (38-3).

Josh Baker, Dan Berg and Cullen Smith came in 2-3-4 in the high jump, each clearing 5-6.

Chad Retterath added a third-place time of 11:06 in the 3,200, Tanner Grubb came in fourth in the 400 in 54.49, Jack Erickson was fifth in the 100 in 11.83 and Troy Hoffman placed fifth in the 200 in 24.56.

The Tigers are back in action tonight at the New Prague Invitational.

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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