Girls cross country: Pacheco leads Farmington to 5th place at Faribault
The Farmington girls cross country team brought in all seven of its runners within the first half of the 139-runner field while placing fifth out of 20 teams at Friday’s Faribault Invitational.
The Tigers scored 176 points, 62 off the pace of fourth-place Totino-Grace but 64 ahead of sixth-place Stillwater. Lakeville North won the meet via tiebreaker over Burnsville after each team scored 76 points.
“It was a tough race with the heat, and a few of the girls were not feeling 100 percent, but I was thrilled with the results,” Farmington coach Heidi Revels said. “As a team, the varsity girls moved up three places from last year.… It was an exciting start for the girls team. It’s encouraging to see improvements so early in the season.”
Senior returning state qualifier Maricia Pacheco led the team in its first 4,000-meter race of the season, finishing in 16 minutes, 8 seconds, to come in 13th overall.
Seventh-grader Lauren Peterson served as the No. 2 runner for the Tigers. She came in 30th in 16:35.
Sofia Chadwick was 40th in 16:57, seventh-grader Anna Palodichuk came in 44th in 17:06 and Sami Hyytinen rounded out the top five with a 49th-place time of 17:19.
Maricella Pacheco (62nd, 17:31) and Alexis Johnson (67th, 17:38) completed the varsity lineup.
In the boys race, returning state qualifier Justin Hyytinen dropped out of the race due to the heat, which resulted in the Tigers dropping down to 17th in the team standings.
“The heat did not fare us well,” boys coach Lisa Lippold said. “I am pleased with some of the times – most of the boys ran close to their personal record times from all of last year. We can only go up from here!”
Alex Hart led the Tigers with a 43rd-place time of 17:50. Fellow sophomore Devin Webb was 12 seconds back in 18:02.
Hunter Sevenich placed 85th in 18:38, Sean Dougherty was 103rd in 18:56 and Matthew Anderson provided the fifth counting score with a 114th-place time of 19:43.
Ryan Newton was right behind in 116th, also in 19:43.
A typical top-10 finish from Hyytinen would have given improved the Tigers’ score from 400 to around 290 and placed them 12th out of 20 teams.
The Tigers compete again tomorrow afternoon at the Applejack Invitational at Aronson Park in Lakeville.