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Cross country: Hyytinen, Peterson lead Tigers

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Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams finished in the middle of the pack against fields that featured some of the top teams in the state at Saturday’s Eagle Invitational in Apple Valley

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The Tiger girls wound up 11th out of 18 teams with 263 points, while the boys were 13th out of 22 full teams with 302 points.

Edina topped runner-up Eden Prairie 70-79 in the girls race. Eden Prairie took the boys title 87-141 over Chanhassen.

Junior Justin Hyytinen was once again Farmington’s top finisher at the meet, placing seventh out of 144 runners with a time of 16:40 on the 5,000-meter course.

A pair of sophomores followed, with Alex Hart placing 24th in 17:18 and Devon Webb 72nd in 18:02.

Seniors Hunter Sevenich (87th, 18:21) and Sean Dougherty (112th, 18:48) rounded out the Tigers’ top five. Matthew Anderson was sixth for the team and 117th overall with a time of 19-flat and Ryan Newton was 137th in 19:41.

A pair of seventh-graders led the 11th-place girls. Lauren Peterson continued her streak of strong performances, placing 13th out of 119 runners with a time of 15:32 over 4,000 meters. Classmate Anna Palodichuk moved into the team’s No. 2 spot for the first time with a 54th-place time of 16:35.

The rest of the team’s scorers weren’t far behind. Sofia Chadwick reached the finish in 59th with a time of 16:47, seventh-grader Emily Schaffer earned 63rd in her first varsity race with a time of 16:50 and freshman Sami Hyytinen took 74th in 17-flat.

Maricella Pacheco added an 18:02 clocking that was good enough for 103rd.

Both Tiger teams competed again Tuesday at New Prague. They follow that meet up with a run at the Chaska Invitational next Tuesday.

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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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