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Boys track: Tigers 'awesome' in final tune-up
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Farmington boys track team turned in a slew of season-best performances at last Thursday's Pat Foley Classic, giving head coach Brian Helmstetter lots of options as he fills out the lineups for the approaching Missota Conference and Section 1AA Championships.

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The Tigers won 10 events and set three meet records at the four-team invitational in Northfield.

"The meet was awesome -- fast times and long distances throughout. Nice weather will do that to an athlete this time of year," Helmstetter said. "We had a number of competitions going in the open events, which made for some high stakes for the boys.... Now some decisions have to be made going into conference next week and section the following week. It's a good problem to have as coaches."

The Tigers took five of the top six spots in the 200 where Tanner Grubb won with a meet-record and personal-best time of 22.93 seconds. Tommy Weigle was second in 23.15. Grubb was also second in the 400 with another personal best, but teammate Tyler Lerbakken edged him by a thousandth of a second with a personal-best 51.46.

The top three spots went to the Orange and Black in the 800, where Justin Hyytinen won in a meet-record time of 1:57.16. Devon Webb was second in 2:00.93 and Jared Wolt third in 2:00.99.

Sean McHenry, Jacob Earp and Mac Bassett supplied another 1-2-3 showing in the long jump, with McHenry and Earp each joining the 19-foot club.

McHenry teamed up with Mason Auge, Alex Chadwick and Derek Klotter to win the 4x100 and Hyytinen, Wolt, Lerbakken and Weigel claimed the 4x400 in 3:35.20.

The 4x200 and 4x800 both came in second behind Rochester John Marshall.

Nehemiah Rockett was a double winner, topping the field in the triple jump and setting a new meet record with a 41.50 clocking in the 300 hurdles.

Dan Berg was first in the high jump, just ahead of teammate Wyatt Ferm, and third as part of a 3-4-5 finish with Rockett and Connor Phu in the 100 hurdles. Phu and Cullen Smith placed 2-3 in the pole vault.

Adam Wallenta was second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 in a season-best 4:43.

CJ Wynings paced the Tigers in the throwing events with a season-best spin of 138-3 that topped the field in the discus and Tanner Thode and Michael Husnik placed 2-3 in the shot put, each topping 41 feet.

The Tigers compete in the Missota Conference Championships this afternoon at Chanhassen.

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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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