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Cross country: Block leads boys to seventh, girls take 10th in Eagan

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Cross country: Block leads boys to seventh, girls take 10th in Eagan
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington finished seventh in alum Lisa Lippold's debut as head coach Friday at the Dakota County Invitational in Eagan.

Lakeville South won the nine-team meet, beating runner-up Eastview, 60-74. Eagan (91), Hill-Murray (103), New Prague (116) and Hastings (126) finished ahead of the Tigers, who scored 166 points.

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Sophomore Dan Block led the way for the Orange and Black, placing 23rd out of 77 runners with a 3,200-meter time of 11 minutes, 29 seconds. Teammate Adam Wallenta came in 10 seconds later in 29th place, followed by Caleb Eiffert (36th, 11:53), Patrick Sunderman (38th, 11:54) and Jordan Lugowski (40th, 11:55) in the team's top five.

Jake Rudeen added a 45th-place time of 12:07 and Jordan Marcell was 57th in 12:55.

On the girls side, the young Tigers came in 10th out of 11 teams with 244 points.

Lakeville South defeated Eagan, 35-64, for the team title.

Returning letter-winner Maria Kiminski was the top Farmington finisher, completing the race in 13:18 to place 31st out of 73 runners. Sofia Chadwick, one of four freshmen in the starting lineup, was close behind in 37th place.

The rest of the lineup finished over a minute behind Chadwick. Eighth-grader Maricella Pacheco finished 54th in 14:34, Victoria Jacoby came in 57th in 14:37 and Alexis Johnson was 65th in 14:44.

Sarah Cummings (66th, 14:53) and senior Marissa Stewart (67th, 14:59) also competed in the varsity race.

Returning varsity scorer Maricia Pacheco ran a time of 13:54 to place 11th in the JV race. She is still recovering from a stress fracture that shortened her track season this spring.

The Tigers compete again tomorrow when they travel to Alexander North Park for the Faribault Invitational.

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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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