Boys Track: Sprint relays shine at Faribault Invite
The Farmington boys track team took advantage of pleasant weather conditions as it earned a second-place finish in the team standings at Tuesday's Faribault Invite at Bruce Smith Field.
Section foe Austin won the meet with 203 points, while the Tigers claimed first place in five of 18 events and compiled 150.5 points.
"It was a nice outdoor meet for early April. Athletes are still getting a feel for their events and a feel for the great outdoors," head coach Brian Helmstetter said. "We competed well and had some nice performances."
The Tigers were able to split the relays with Austin by winning the 4x200. Tyrelle Jackson, Isaiah Rockett, Derek Waldbillig and Adam Sturm combined on a time of 1:35.34 that edged the Packers by just over a second in the 4x200 and Waldbillig, Jake Lippert, Jackson and Sturm came back to earn the 4x100 in 47.18.
The 4x400 and 4x800 relays each finished second. Eskindir Gebremichel, David Zitzmann, Brian Huls and Ryan Monroe teamed up for an 8:53.94 in the 4x800 and Levi Freetly, Matt Shutey, Tyler Grubb and Rockett combined on a 3:39.78 clocking in the 4x400.
The team's other four first-place finishes came in individual events. Josh Jackson won the 100-meter dash in 11.37 seconds, Josh Zitzmann claimed the 110 hurdles in 16.33 seconds, Michael Amofah cleared 19-9.5 in the long jump and Logan Hussung heaved the shot put 53 feet. The Tigers claimed three of the top four spots in the event, with Tyler Barnes taking third with a toss of 44-2 and Aaron Wratz taking fifth at 43-10.
In the discus, Hussung earned third with a spin of 114-9 and Wratz was fifth at 104-1.
Tiger athletes also supplied scoring doubles in the high jump, 400 and 1,600. Lippert and Samuel Hanson each clearned 5-4 to earn fourth and sixth in the high jump, Freetly and Matthew Thomas earned fourth and sixth in the 1,600 and Rockett (53.23) and Andrew Thomas went 2-5 in the 400.
Another second-place individual finish was supplied by Jake Gerten, who cleared 11-6 in the pole vault. Three others scored third-place finishes -- Waldbillig in the 100 (11.86), Monroe in the 3,200 (10:38.15) and Shutey in the 300 hurdles (46.92).
The Tigers were at home Tuesday for the Farmington Relays. Results from that meet will appear in next week's edition of the Independent.