Boys track: Hussung, relays excel at Hamline
The good news is Farmington's qualifying events more than held their own at Friday's Hamline Elite Meet. The great news is there's still a month and a half for the Tigers to prepare for their planned return to Hamline for the Class 2A State Meet in mid-June.
In a meet that basically amounts to a state-meet preview, Farmington got a second- and a fourth-place finish from senior thrower Logan Hussung and fifth- and sixth-place finishes from its two sprint relay teams.
"It was an awesome night and the guys and girls are happy with the results, but they also know, which they were told by all of their coaches, it is only April, so enjoy the moment but the work is not even close to being done," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.
Hussung certainly enjoyed the moment. The University of Minnesota recruit established a pair of personal records in the throwing events, tossing the shot put 58 feet, 2 1/2 inches for second place and spinning the discus 161-04, good enough for fourth place.
The foursome of Levi Freetly, Matt Shutey, Tyler Grubb and Andrew Thomas combined on both relays. They broke a school record in the 4x400 with a time of 3:26.35 that was three seconds behind section rival and first-place Austin.
In the 4x200, the Tigers ran a 1:32.65 despite what Helmstetter described as a "rough handoff."
The Tigers hosted their first official meet on the new Tiger Stadium track last Tuesday when Rosemount, Eagan, Woodbury, Red Wing and New Prague visited for the Farmington Tiger Relays.
Rosemount won the meet 195-103 over runner-up Eagan, while Farmington settled for fourth with 65 points.
The 4x200, 4x400 and the shot put and discus tosses of Logan Hussung were once again responsible for the bulk of the Tigers' scoring as all four accounted for second-place finishes.
Jordan Keller was third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 high hurdles and Grubb added a fourth-place finish in the 100.
Freetly went on his own for a second-place time of 52.13 in the 400-meter dash.