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Farmington senior Zach Wyatt takes off out of the blocks at Thursday's meet in Rosemount. Wyatt was part of a third-place finish in the 4x200 relay.

Boys track: Tigers get back on the track

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Boys track: Tigers get back on the track
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This spring's weather hasn't been kind to the Farmington boys track team.

Snow kept the team from practicing outside during much of March, then cold weather and rain led to the postponement of the Mega Meet in Lakeville April 15 and the Farmington Invite last Tuesday. The Tigers finally got back on the track for their first meet in nine days last Thursday at Rosemount, and were promptly greeted by cold wind and rain early on in the meet.


"It was great getting a meet in and a chance to compete," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "We are looking forward to a nice day to get our times down soon, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen this week."

The weather may have slowed the Tigers down a bit on the track at Rosemount, but thrower John Schimmel still managed to shine. The senior placed in a pair of events, earning third in the shot put with a toss of 49 feet, 6 inches, and fourth in the discus with a spin of 123-3.

Three Farmington athletes placed in the top seven in the triple jump, led by a breakout performance from junior Harrison Schneider, who placed second with a leap of 40-7. Justin Hett was sixth with a jump of 37-1 1/4 and Mason Gaylord placed seventh at 37-1.

The Tigers' top event on the track was the 4x100 relay. The foursome of Mason Auge, Sam Hanson, Alex Chadwick and CJ Record combined on a second-place time of 1:39 flat, just three-fourths of a second off the pace of first-place Rosemount. In the 4x200, Zach Wyatt, Record, Chadwick and Tyler Grubb combined on a third-place 47.08 clocking and the 4x400 placed fourth.

Grubb added a fourth-place time of 11.95 seconds in the 100-meter dash and Record was 29-hundredths back in eighth place.

Tyler Lerbakken and Tanner Grubb added a 5-7 finish in the 400, running times of 55.10 and 55.48, respectively.

Other top-10 finishes came from Matt Stephan in the 300 hurdles (6th, 45.06), Justice Detzel in the 110 hurdles (7th, 18.51), and Jake Rudeen (8th, 4:53) and Chad Retterath (9th, 4:53) in the 1,600.

"Our throwers and several of our distance runners set personal records, but we still have a number of spots we need to improve on as a team," Helmstetter said. "It was a good experience for our young athletes, but we all must keep improving as we approach the conference meet."

The Tigers competed again Wednesday at the Eagan Invitational and will be back in action Saturday at the Eden Prairie Invite.

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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