Farmington boys track coach Brian Helmstetter's goal was a fourth-place finish at last Tuesday's Missota Conference Relay Meet in Shakopee.
The young Tigers finished fifth, but still managed to accumulate 128 points and finish seven points out of third place despite sprint standout Tyler Grubb and premier high jumper Sam Hanson missing events due to injuries. The team also turned in a "no height" in one of its three pole vault spots where a decent jump could have moved them up several places in the event.
"I was hoping to be in the top four with a very young team and like I said, we were within points of third place, which I am very pleased with," Helmstetter said. "Most of our relays consisted of two or more ninth graders, so they are getting great experience and also tasting success at a young age."
Favorite Shakopee won the meet, outscoring a surprising Chanhassen team, 189-162. New Prague and Red Wing tied for third with 135 points apiece, followed by Farmington, Northfield (124), Holy Angels (83) and Chaska (59).
The Tigers posted their top two finishes in the jumps, where the totals of their top three competitors in the triple jump and high jump were each good enough for second place. Justin Hett, Zach Wyatt and Cullen Smith combined for a distance of 115 feet, 4 inches, in the triple jump and Wyatt, Smith and Dan Berg combined to clear 17 feet in the high jump.
On the track, the Tigers' top finish came from the foursome of CJ Record, Charlie Wicks, Jack Erickson and Tanner Grubb, which placed third in the short medley relay in 1:41.34.
The 4x400, 4x800, 4x100, sprint medley relay, discus and shot put all earned fourth-place finishes for the Tigers.
"I am excited how the guys came together and competed," Helmstetter said. "They looked good and had great times in the nice weather. We need more sun."