Boys track: A strong showing at True Team section
Like every other spring sports team, the Farmington boys track and field team has been waiting for good weather for an important meet.
The Tigers got the weather they were seeking for last week's Class 3A, Section 1 True Team meet.
Farmington placed sixth as a team with 538.50 points. Owatonna won the team title with 899.50 points.
"Beautiful weather and great day for fast times," Tiger coach Brian Helmstetter said. "A little head wind going into the home stretch which created some slower sprint times, but other than that, a pretty good night. Young guys doing well again and some seniors with their best performances."
Farmington will take the improved weather.
Tyler Grubb was one of the top point-scorers for the Tigers. Each athlete is involved in the scoring for the True Team format.
Grubb finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.64. He was also 10th in the 100 and was part of the 4x400 relay team, which placed fourth for Farmington.
Zach Wyatt cleared six feet in the high jump to finish fifth. He leapt 20 feet, 4 inches in the long jump to place sixth, and went 39-10 in the triple jump to finish ninth. Wyatt added his best 400 time, posting a 54.03 seconds to place 14th.
Tyler Lerbakken finished 12th in the 800 and also was on the 4x800 relay, which placed fifth. Lerbakken was also part of the fourth-place 4x400 relay team.
"Tyler Lerbakken continues to run three great races each meet," Helmstetter said.
Three Farmington runners had personal records in the 200. Ninth graders Jack Erickson (17th place) and Mason Auge (20th), and sophomore Blake Ross (24th) ran for the Tigers.
Carl Elmer posted a personal best in the two-mile run, finishing 10th in 10 minutes, 42.63 seconds.
Jeff Hanson and Tanner Grubb combined with Lerbakken and Tyler Grubb in the 4x400, posting the team's best time of the season. Tanner Grubb was 10th individually in the open 400.
Wyatt's distance in the long jump was a personal best. Teammates Mac Bassett (12th) and Justin Hett 19th) also had personal records.
Dan Berg tied a personal best in the high jump, clearing 5-8 for 10th place.
Mason Gaylord (13th) and Hett (14th) backed up Wyatt's ninth-place finish in the triple jump. Gaylord's attempt was his best jump.
John Schimmel finished eighth in the discus and Joe Ouyang was 21st as each earned personal records.
"Lerbakken, Wyatt, Grubb, Elmer, and Schimmel have been dependable the past few meets and along with CJ Record have shown good leadership," Helmstetter said.
Reid Taubenheim and Connor Phu each cleared 11 feet in the pole vault, finishing in a tie for 11th.
"Most exciting event of the night," Helmstetter said. "They are going up one foot per week."
Farmington will take part in the Northfield Invitational today.