Cross country: Girls sixth, boys seventh at Missota meet
A sixth-place finish in the team standings wasn't quite what Farmington head coach Heidi Revels was hoping for at last Tuesday's Missota Conference Championships in New Prague.
Revels was very excited, however, about her three runners who earned all-conference honors with top-20 finishes. Freshman Sofia Chadwick led the way with an 11th-place time of 15:41 on the 4,000-meter course to earn a spot on the first team.
Junior Maria Kiminski and sophomore Maricia Pacheco each earned honorable mention status. Kiminski placed 18th in 15:55 and Pacheco was right behind, taking 19th in 15:56. It was Pacheco's second straight year earning honorable mention status.
"Although we were somewhat disappointed in placing sixth as a team, there was plenty to be excited about," Revels said. "Having three runners receive honors is a great improvement.... All improved their times by about one minute compared to last year's conference meet."
Freshman Alexis Johnson served as the Tigers' No. 4 runners. She came in 44th in 17:01. Another freshman, Sarah Cummings, cut her time from last year by over two minutes in placing 49th in 17:14.
Maricella Pacheco (51st, 17:19) and Victoria Jacoby (54th, 17:21) completed the Farmington lineup.
Shakopee won the conference title with 42 points, 18 fewer than runner-up Chanhassen. Chaska was third with 92 points, followed by Red Wing (110), Northfield (125), Farmington (141), New Prague (142) and Holy Angels (185).
On the boys side, the Tigers placed seventh out of eight teams despite all seven varsity runners improving their times from their last meet at New Prague Golf Course three weeks ago.
Dan Block was the top Farmington finisher, edging teammate Jordan Lugowski for the final honorable mention spot with a 20th-place time of 17:34 on the 5,000-meter course. Lugowski was 21st in 17:35.
Tyler Lerbakken took over the No. 3 spot in the Farmington lineup, placing 34th in 18:08. Jake Rudeen followed in a 37th-place time of 18:24 and Adam Wallenta provided the final counting score with a 38th-place time of 18:31.
Tanner Grubb (43rd, 18:35) and Patrick Sunderman (53rd, 18:51) also completed.
"We were hoping for a higher finish, but when we looked at how everyone did individually, we were pleased overall," boys coach Lisa Lippold said. "The top seven boys all dropped their times anywhere from five to 45 seconds from three weeks ago on the same course."
Chanhassen defeated runner-up Chaska 38-75 to win the conference title. Red Wing followed in third with 84 points, followed by Northfield (96), New Prague (108), Shakopee (137), Farmington (150) and Holy Angels (201).
The Tigers close out the season today at the Section 1AA Championships, held at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna.