Boys Track: Tigers cap off indoor season at River Falls
If Saturday's Academy of Holy Angels indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was any indication, the Farmington boys track team should once again be plenty competitive against its Missota Conference rivals this season.
Five individual victories and a first-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay carried the Tigers to a first-place total of 165 team points. Second-place Red Wing was well off the pace with 84.5 points and host Holy Angels was third at 82.5 points.
The Tigers' top-scoring event was the high jump, where they claimed the top three spots. Jake Lippert won by clearing 6 feet, 2 inches and teammates Nick Haugen and Samuel Hanson claimed the next two spots.
Farmington athletes took the top two places in the 55 high hurdles where Josh Zitzmann won in 7.78 seconds and Jordan Keller finished in 8.00.
Senior speedster Adam Sturm was a double winner, claiming the 55-meter dash in 6.28 seconds and the 200 in 23.58. Teammate Josh Jackson was fourth in the 55 and Derek Waldbillig was fourth in the 200. Waldbillig tacked on a runner-up leap of 18-6 in the long jump and teammate Michael Amofah was second in the triple jump at 41-11.
Elsewhere in the field events, Logan Hussung outclassed the rest of the field in the shot put with a toss of 53-4. Aaron Wratz was fourth in the same event with a toss of 45-5. The Farmington throwers teamed up for a second-place finish in the throwers 800 relay.
The Tigers also finished second behind New Prague in both the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.
In the 400, Isaiah Rockett finished third in a time of 54.21, just ahead of fifth-place teammate Brian Huls' 55.11. The Tigers also had two place-winners in the 1,600, where Ryan Monroe was fourth in 4:51 and freshman David Zitzmann got off to a promising start with a sixth-place 4:53 clocking.
Another fourth-place finish came from Eskindir Gebremichael, who turned in a 2:11.8 in the 800. Jake Gerten cleared 10 feet to place sixth in the pole vault.
The Tigers competed in their first official outdoor meet of the season Tuesday when they traveled south to compete in the Faribault Invite.