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Tiger girls and boys teams both took 17th at talent-filled Applejack Invitational.

Cross country: Tiger teams 17th at Applejack

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The orange and black of Farmington High School was lost in the crowd at Friday's Applejack Invitational.

Competing alongside some of the best individuals and teams from around the metro, the Tiger boys finished 17th out of 22 teams on the soggy course at Aronson Park.

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Senior Elliot Fenske was once again the Tiger to watch as he stayed within range of the lead pack for most of the 5,000-meter race before settling into 16th place against a field of 152 runners. Fenske's time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds was 15 seconds faster than his sixth-place clocking at last week's Redbird Invitational in Montgomery.

Edina defeated Rosemount for the team title and Totino-Grace senior Steve Dado won the race in 15:59.

While Edina was bringing in its top five runners in a span of 45 seconds, the Tigers were left with a gap of nearly two minutes between Fenske and their No. 2 runner, junior Lincoln Kirchoff, who reached the finish line 105th in 18:36.

Senior Carl Elmer followed in 113th place with a time of 18:47 and freshman Dan Block was 118th in 18:56.

Three sophomores rounded out the varsity lineup. Ben Olson provided the team's final counting score with a 127th-place time of 19:08, Alec Wilson placed 136th in 19:27 and Adam Wallenta finished 140th in 19:31.

The Tigers scored 479 points in finishing ahead of Math and Science Academy, Northfield, Park of Cottage Grove, Richfield and Bloomington Kennedy.

The Farmington girls matched the boys, earning 17th out of 21 complete teams with 436 points.

The team overcame some diversity as senior Nicole Clifton battled breathing issues and junior Bailey Opsal lost a shoe with a mile left in the race.

Freshman Maricia Pacheco emerged to lead the Tigers with a 58th-place time of 16:29 on the 4,000-meter course. Teammate Maria Kiminski was 16 seconds back in 77th place and Opsal faded to a 92nd-place time of 17:05 after a strong start.

Eighth-graders Sofia Chadwick (100th) and Victoria Jacoby (109th) rounded out the top five. Clifton (120th) and Marissa Stewart (122nd) also competed.

The Tigers take a break from competing against other large metro schools this week when they compete at the Pine Island 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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