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Girls track and field: Ferm, Grebner, relays capture gold

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Two relay victories and two individual wins helped the Farmington girls track team place second with 145 points at the Missota Conference Championships last Thursday at Chanhassen High School.

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Chanhassen pulled away from the rest of the eight-team field, scoring 214 ½ points. Third-place New Prague was 24 off the pace of Farmington with 121 points.

"The ladies brought their 'A' game to the conference meet," Farmington coach Tom Hart said.

Maria Kiminski and Alicia Hett were both part of a pair of conference champion relays for the Tigers. They combined with Alex Frost and Sofia Chadwick on a winning time of 9:41.35 in the 4x800 that was nearly 30 seconds faster than their seed time heading into the meet.

"Our 4x800 brought every ounce of fight I could have asked of them," Hart said.

Kiminski and Hett then closed out the meet by joining Megan Graham and Jennifer Miller for a winning time of 4:02.97 in the 4x400.

Izzie Ferm had to sit out the 4x400 with a hip injury, but before that managed to top the rest of the Missota field in the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 10 ¼ inches. Ferm was also second in the 400 where she broke the previous conference record with a time of 57.70 seconds, but was edged by Sophia Anderson of Holy Angels by six hundredths of a second. Graham was fourth in 1:01.26.

Alysha Grebner also earned a conference title and placed in three events. She won the shot put by over two feet with a toss of 34-8 ¼, added a fourth-place spin of 102-9 in the discus and led a 4-5-5 finish in the high jump with teammates Destiny Schmitz and Kelsey Lindell, where all three cleared 4-10.

Schmitz tacked on a third-place finish in the triple jump.

Sprinters Morgan Cecchettini and Emma Record each contributed to three place-winning events for the Tigers. They joined Kelli Elmer and Nicole Doran for a second-place finish in the 4x100 and each captured three individual medals. Record was sixth in the 100 and ninth in the 200 and Cecchettini placed ninth in the 100 and second in the long jump with a leap of 16-1 ½.

Other place-winners were Kiminski, who ran a personal-best time to earn fourth in the 300 hurdles, Maricia Pacheco in the 3,200 (fifth), Hett in the 800 (sixth) and Elizabeth Welter in the long jump (seventh).

Graham, Miller, Racquel Beckett and Courtney Johnston added a third-place run in the 4x200 relay.

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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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