Boys track: Tigers shine on home turf
Farmington got personal-best performances up and down its lineup during a fifth-place finish at last Thursday's first Missota Conference Championships held at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers scored 96 1/2 points to top sixth-place New Prague by half a point. Shakopee won the meet, 182 1/2-150 over conference newcomer Chanhassen, followed by Red Wing (147), Northfield (104), Farmington, New Prague, Holy Angels (76) and Chaska (44).
"The conference meet went as expected for the boys with some big personal records and great performances.... Fourth was within range and that was our goal for Thursday," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "It was a beautiful day and the kids came in well-prepared for the meet."
Senior Sam Hanson captured the Tigers' lone individual title, winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 1 inch. Hanson cleared 6-7 early this season, but like several other senior members of his team has suffered nagging injuries throughout the season.
Senior Tyler Grubb was also held back by injuries before placing in three events on Thursday. He placed second in the 200 in a personal-best time of 23.26 seconds, fourth in the 100 in 11.7 and seventh in the 400 in 52.15.
"(Grubb) was disappointed with his times and places compared to last year, but it takes time to get the body back in shape after some early-season injuries," said Helmstetter, who was also without sprint relay specialist CJ Record in the conference meet. "The seniors have each taken their turn with injuries this year, which has been challenging and disappointing for them."
Two other Farmington seniors supplied a pair of place-winning performances. John Schimmel placed second behind Red Wing standout Luke Johnson in the shot put with a toss of 51-10 1/2 and added a sixth-place discus spin of 126-8. Zach Wyatt supplied a third-place personal-record leap of 40-5 in the triple jump and added a ninth-place effort in the long jump, where freshman teammate McKinley Bassett emerged to place fourth with a personal-best jump of 20-4 1/2.
The Tigers also placed two athletes in the 3,200 where Carl Elmer and Jake Rudeen each turned in personal records. Elmer placed fifth in 10:23.94 and Rudeen was right behind in seventh in 10:26.10.
Three other Farmington competitors earned points with career-best performances. Freshman Reid Taubenheim placed fifth in the pole vault by clearing 11-3, senior Tyler Beckett ran a personal best by two seconds to take sixth in the 300 hurdles in 42.94 and sophomore Tyler Lerbakken was eighth in the 800 in 2:05.96.
Lerbakken also joined Wyatt, Tanner Grubb and Charlie Wicks for a third-place time of 3:33.95 in the 4x400 relay.
The Tigers are back in action today when they travel to Lakeville South for the Section 1AA Championships.