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Farmingon runners Justin Hyytinen and Alex Hart get out to a fast start at Friday's Applejack Invitational in Lakeville. Hyytinen placed seventh with a time of 16:22.

Cross country: Farmington teams improve at Applejack

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The Farmington girls cross country team once again moved up in the standings at Friday's Applejack Invitational in Lakeville.

The Tigers brought in all five of their scoring runners in 17 minutes or better for the second straight meet as they placed 11th out of 21 teams with 345 points. The team placed 14th out of 17 teams at last year's Applejack Invitational.

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Eagan placed five runners in the top 13 to top Lakeville South 38-83 for the team title.

"I was so proud of the girls' finish," Farmington coach Heidi Revels said.

Junior Maricia Pacheco dropped 28 seconds from her time last year at Aronson Park as she placed 42nd in a time of 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Sophomore Sofia Chadwick followed with a 50th-place time of 16:07 and senior Maria Kiminski was 64th in 16:21.

No. 4 runner Alexis Johnson cut 36 seconds off her time to place 92nd in 16:53 and Maricella Pacheco improved by over a minute to come in 97th in 17 flat.

Sarah Cummings (115th, 17:32) and Lexie Laube (128th, 18:13) also competed.

The Farmington boys also made some progress, moving up from last place at the meet a year ago to 17th out of 20 teams with 383 points Friday.

Seventh-ranked Rosemount edged No. 12 White Bear Lake 80-93 for the team title.

Sophomore Justin Hyytinen continued to drop his time as he placed seventh out of 133 runners in 16:22.

Freshman Alex Hart followed with a 61st-place time of 17:46 and seniors Tyler Lerbakken (18:26) and Caleb Eiffert (18:42) followed in 97th and 107th, respectively.

Sean Dougherty provided the team's fifth score with a 111th-place 18:48 clocking and freshman Josh Grimm was 115th in 19:06.

"What we need to focus on more is running in a pack during races," Farmington boys coach Lisa Lippold said. "The times they ran were a good start to the season, but we're definitely hoping to continue improving."

The Tigers run again this afternoon at the Pine Island Invitational in Pine Island.

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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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