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Boys track and field: Tigers roar at Missota Relays

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Last spring the Farmington boys track team won the Missota Conference Relays without finishing first in any of the meet's 17 events.

There was no shortage of gold-medal-winning performances for the Tigers last Tuesday at Chaska. They topped the field in seven events and finished second in five others in defending their conference relays title 201-177 over runner-up Chanhassen.

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"Our running events dominated the meet. I believe only one or two events were third place, otherwise we took first and second in each running event," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "It was awesome and the boys were pumped for one another for the entire meet. That was the excitement we have been waiting for -- and the weather."

Freshman Devon Webb was part of three first-place relay finishes on the track. In the distance medley he joined Jared Wolt, Tyler Lerbakken and Justin Hyytinen for a winning time of 11:07.34. Webb and Wolt teamed up with Adam Dougherty and Eric Stoeckmann to take the 4x800 and Webb, Stoeckmann, Dougherty and Ryan Parco combined to breeze to victory in the JV 4x400.

Parco also joined Mason Gaylord, Blake Ross and Tanner Grubb for a winning 1:34.64 clocking in the 4x200. Grubb, Tommy Weigel, Alex Chadwick and Mason Auge were also victorious in the sprint medley.

Hyytinen led the Tigers with a first-place finish in the 1,600, where he clocked in at 4:30, and Nehemiah Rockett crossed the line in 42.14 for first place in the 300 hurdles.

Rockett also contributed legs to a pair of the Tigers' second-place relays. He joined forces with Lerbakken, Wolt and Weigel in the 4x400, and Connor Phu, Mikkel Peterson and Daniel Berg in the 110 shuttle hurdle relay.

Another runner-up finish came from Auge, Grubb, Weigel and Lerbakken in the 1,600 sprint medley.

Auge, Sean McHenry, Derek Klotter and Alex Chadwick combined on a third-place finish in the 4x100 and Tanner Thode, Michael Husnik, Josh Patterson and Jake Lee were fourth in the 4x100 throwers relay.

Phu and CJ Wynings led Farmington in the field events. Phu cleared 11-6 to place second in the pole vault and Wynings spun the discus 125-3 for runner-up honors. Teammate Alexander Burton tied for seventh at 109-9.

Wyatt Ferm cleared 5-10 to tie for third in the high jump and teammates Berg and Cullen Smith each cleared 5-8 to tie for fifth. Husnik and Thode finished 4-5 in the shot put and Gaylord took fifth in the triple jump.

Ryan Parco led the team with a ninth-place leap in the long jump.

The Tigers returned to the track two days later in Shakopee and nabbed another first-place finish despite sending an incomplete squad to the conference quadrangular.

The Tigers scored 135 1/2 points, more than Shakopee (63 1/2), Chanhassen (20) and Chaska (3) combined.

Jeffrey Gutierrez was a double winner, taking the 1,600 in 5:06 and the 3,200 in 11:01.

Rockett place first in the triple jump with a leap of 38-3, won the 200 in 24.84 and placed second in the 100 in 11.54. Parco led a 1-2-3 Tiger finish in the event with an 11.54 clocking.

Other notable winning times came from Dougherty in the 800 (2:07), Jacob Earp in the long jump (18-3) and Husnik in the shot put (42-9).

The Tigers were back in action Tuesday at the Section 1AAA True Team meet at Lakeville North. The Class 3A True Team state meet is next Friday in Stillwater.

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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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