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Cross country: Tiger girls second at regional meet

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Cross country: Tiger girls second at regional meet
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

For the second year in a row, Farmington's boys and girls cross country teams capped off their seasons with a trip to the Nike Nationals Heartland Regional Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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The girls placed second out of 16 teams in the open 5,000-meter race, led by Maricia Pacheco's second-place time of 20:05 on the Yankton Trail Park course. Teammate Bailey Opsal also cracked the top 10, coming in seventh in 20:26.

Maria Kiminski (48th, 21:57), Marissa Stewart (52nd, 22:00), Cella Pacheco (113th, 23:31), Kayla Long (129th, 24:28) and Nadial Perdomo (155th, 28:56) also competed for the Tigers.

The Farmington boys placed 15th out of 31 teams, with Carl Elmer leading the way in a 68th-place time of 17:51.

Ben Olson (105th, 18:15), Lincoln Kirchoff (108th, 18:17) and Adam Wallenta (115th, 18:21) also finished in the top half of the 297-runner field.

Trevor Breezley (236th, 20:06), Austin Long (247th, 20:19), Caleb Eiffert (253rd, 20:26), Chad Retterath (279th, 21:42) and Justin Reese (280th, 21:43) also ran in the boys race.

Senior Elliot Fenske, coming off a 40th-place finish at last weekend's Class 2A State Meet in Northfield, placed 70th out of 219 runners in the championship race in 16:35.

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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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