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Tanner Grubb runs to a school record in the 400 prelims at Friday’s state meet.

Farmington boys track and field: Grubb, Hyytinen lead Tigers to ninth place

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Farmington boys track and field: Grubb, Hyytinen lead Tigers to ninth place
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Senior Tanner Grubb and junior Justin Hyytinen had a hand all 25 points the Farmington boys track team scored while placing ninth Saturday at the Class 2A state meet.


Both runners broke their own school records en route to all-state individual finishes, and both closed out the meet by running legs of the Tigers’ school-record setting 4x400 relay. Grubb, Hyytinen, Nehemiah Rockett and Devon Webb combined to circle the track four times in 3 minutes, 20.97 seconds, good enough for third place in Saturday’s finals.

The finish added eight points to the Tigers’ total, giving them 25 points and ninth place out of 65 scoring teams in Class 2A.

In all, Hyytinen reached the podium three times over the weekend. He opened with a time of 9:22.46 in Friday’s 3,200 finals, which earned him seventh place. He came back Saturday and broke his own school record with a time of 4:14.93 while finishing third against a talented field in the 1,600.

Grubb broke his own 400 school record in Friday’s prelims and came back to best it yet again in Saturday’s finals, running a time of 48.82 to place fourth. Grubb added a 12th-place time of 22.46 in the 200.

Three of Farmington’s relays didn’t make it through to the finals. The 4x200 came the closest, with Mason Auge, Caleb Bray, Jack Erickson and Ryan Parco combining for a 10th-place time of 1:30.01.

In the 4x800, Webb, Jared Wolt, Alex Hart and Sean Dougherty combined for a 15th-place time of 8:25.02. The 4x100 team of Auge, Erickson, Bray and Sean McHenry came in 18th in 43.98.

C.J. Wynings finished 16th in the discus for the Tigers with a throw of 122-8.

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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