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Boys track: Tigers set records at St. Olaf

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Boys track: Tigers set records at St. Olaf
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The Farmington boys and girls track teams got their first chance to face some competition Friday night at an eight-team indoor scrimmage at St. Olaf College.

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No official results were kept, but both head coaches were pleased with a good portion of the performances turned in by their teams.

"St. Olaf went well and we had some nice improvements from last year already," Farmington boys coach Brian Helmstetter said. "Our relays ran real well and all three took first in their heats, but more importantly they had some nice timed performances.... We didn't have all our athletes available, but we saw many good things out of the athletes we brought and now we have stats in the book and they can adjust and set new goals."

"It was a fun night at St. Olaf," added Tiger girls coach Tom Hart. "The ladies competed extremely hard and it was great to get a pulse of where we are at 10 days into the season."

The boys started their string of strong relay performances in the 4x800, where Clayton Webb, Jared Wolt, Eric Stoeckman and Tyler Lerbakken combined to run an 8:56. Wolt and Lerbakken each turned in 2:10 splits.

The 4x200 foursome of Tommy Weigel, Jack Erickson, Ryan Parco and Tanner Grubb ran a 1:37 and Grubb, Weigel, Lerbakken and Justin Hyytinen combined for a school indoor record of 3:36 in the 4x400.

Hyytinen also broke the school indoor record in the mile with a time of 4:37. Teammate Adam Wallenta returned from injury to run 5:06.

Luis Rodriguez added a 2:14 in the 800 and Wolt and Devon Webb each ran 54s in the 400.

Hurdlers Dan Berg, Nehemiah Rockett and Mikkel Peterson all finished near the top of their heats, as did 55-meter dash runners Erickson, Mason Auge and Leslie Adjei.

Jake Lee, Tanner Thode, CJ Wynings, Mike Husnik and Josh Patterson all approached 40 feet in the shot put.

On the girls side, the Tigers set a pair of school indoor records of their own. Megan Graham ran a 1:01.30 in the 400 to set a new indoor mark and the 4x400 combined for a time of 4:12.6.

Returning state placewinner Izzie Ferm ran legs on both the 4x400 and 4x200 and triple jumped 36-1.

In the distance races, cross country state qualifier Maricia Pacheco ran a 5:45 mile and Maricella Pacheco ran a personal-best time of 6:04.

"There were a number of new people to track who competed last night and did very well," Hart said. "Seeing the potential of these ladies is very exciting."

The Tigers are scheduled to open their outdoor season next Thursday against Shakopee at Tiger Stadium.

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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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