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Farmington track and field: Tigers near the top at True Team

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Farmington track and field: Tigers near the top at True Team
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For the second straight year the Farmington boys track team settled for runner-up honors at the Section 1AA True Team meet.

The Tigers won five events and placed in the top three in all four relays last Tuesday, but came up 10 points short of section champion Lakeville North, which finished with 960 ½ points. Owatonna was third in the nine-team field at Lakeville North with 906 ½ points.


Tanner Grubb had a hand in three of the Tigers’ five first-place finishes. He won the 200 in 22.28 seconds, the 400 in 50.54 seconds and joined Mason Gaylord, Ryan Parco and Jared Wolt for a winning 3:32.25 in the meet-closing 4x400 relay.

The Tigers were also second in the 4x800 and 4x100 and third in the 4x200.

Justin Hyytinen once again swept the distance races, claiming the 3,200 in 9:58.63 and the 1,600 in 4:35.48. He also made a surprise appearance in the 400 and came in second behind Grubb in 51.64. Parco was close behind, finishing off a 1-2-3 Tiger finish.

Parco also placed sixth behind Grubb in the 200 and eighth in the long jump.

Nehemiah Rockett and Wyatt Ferm were other double individual place-winners for Farmington. Rockett came in second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 high hurdles, while Ferm claimed third in the pole vault and fourth in the high jump. Mason Gaylord chipped in to the field event scoring with a fourth-place effort in the triple jump.

Other top-10 individual finishes came from Mason Auge in the 100 (5th), Wolt (6th) and Devon Webb (8th) in the 800, CJ Wynings (5th) and Brendan King (10th) in the discus, Alex Hart (7th) in the 1,600 and Sean McHenry in the long jump.

On the girls’ side, the Tigers moved up one spot from a season ago to place third with 820 ½ points. Lakeville South outscored Lakeville North 1,193-946 ½ for the team title.

“We had a pretty good day at the True Team meet. My goal for the team was to place second and at worst be third,” Farmington coach Tom Hart said. “We came close, but didn’t have a few things fall into place like I had hoped.”

The meet played out just fine for Tiger distance runner Lauren Petersen. The seventh-grader broke current University of Minnesota runner Kaitlin Mincke’s school record in the 1,600, winning the event in 5 minutes, 16.04 seconds despite windy conditions, and also placed second in the 3,200 in 11:34.78.

Alicia Hett secured the team’s next highest finish, placing third in the 800 in 2:27.39. Others cracking the top five were Emma Record, who was fifth in the 100, and Destiny Schmitz, who combined with Izzie Ferm for a 5-8 Farmington finish in the triple jump.

Ferm added a sixth-place run in the 200, just ahead of Record in eighth, and Jordan Walls was sixth in the pole vault.

The Tigers’ top relay finish came in the 4x400 where Hett, Jennifer Miller, Shannon McKnight and Megan Graham closed out the meet with a second-place finish. The 4x800 and 4x100 each finished fourth and the 4x200 was sixth.

Maricia Pacheco added an eighth-place run in the 1,600. Ninth-place showings came from Kaylin Finstad in the high jump, Aly Grebner in the discus and Morgan Cecchettini in the long jump. Coming in 10th were Walls in the 100 hurdles and Graham in the 400.

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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