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Farmington had 41 personal bests in a meet at Northfield.

Boys track: Ready for championship season

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Boys track: Ready for championship season
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Farmington's boys track team looked fully-prepared for this week's Missota Conference Championships as it posted 41 personal-best performances during the Dan Foley Classic last Thursday at Carleton College in Northfield.


"They competed well and the mix of weather and hard work in practice is all coming together for the conference meet next week in Prior Lake," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.

Senior throwing standout Logan Hussung led a 1-2-3 Farmington finish in the shot put where his toss of 57 feet, 9 1/2 inches was backed up by personal-best tosses by Perry Robinson (47-4) and Ross Heintz (46-8). Hussung also went on to claim the discus where his spin of 176-3 outclassed the field by over 40 feet. Teammate John Schimmel was third at 127-4.

The Tigers dominated the sprint relays in similar fashion, winning the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 in season-best times. CJ Record, Ryan Farley, Shayne Benjamin and Charlie Wicks won the 4x100 in 45.18 and the foursome of Tyler Grubb, Matt Shutey, Levi Freetly and Andrew Thomas topped the 4x200 in 1:32.79 and the 4x400 in 3:27.32.

Freetly also led a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 with a 2:01.98 and triple jumped 40-3 to earn the top spot. Tyler Lerbakken was second in the 800 and Zach Wyatt was runner-up in the triple jump.

Distance runner Chad Retterath was third in the 800 and added a third-place and season-best time of 4:49 in the 1,600. In the 3,200, Nick Arenberg and Carl Elmer placed second and third with times of 10:42 and 10:44, respectively.

Farmington's lone triple-event individual winner was Jordan Keller, who swept the hurdle races with a pair of season-best times and sailed 20-4 to easily win the long jump. Loren Hatten accounted for Farmington's remaining victory in the pole vault where he cleared a personal-best height of 10-6.

The Tigers added two more first-place finishes in the open sprints where Farley claimed the 200 in 24.06 and Grubb topped the field in the 400 with a season-best 52.05 clocking. Third-place sprint finishes came from Wicks in the 100 (11.98), Benjamin in the 200 (24.78) and Thomas in the 400 (52.61).

The 4x800 relay team of Lerbakken, Kurtis Atkinson, Eric Adrian and Sam Wyatt was second in 8:57.

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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