Girls track: Farmington Teams gear up for conference, section meets
The Farmington girls track team used the Pat Foley Classic to tune up for the upcoming Missota Conference and Section 1AA Championships.
No team score was kept at the four-team get-together last Thursday, but the Tigers made their presence felt by winning eight of the meet's 18 events. Coach Tom Hart added some intrigue by separating his best runners into different relays to give them a chance to run against each other.
"The ladies were divided up to compete against each other and to give me a chance to see how we compete," Hart said. "That was a lot of fun, watching the ladies battle it out. We had some very good times and the hard work many have been putting in is starting to show."
Izzie Ferm continued her stellar season with three first-place finishes and a pair of meet records. She won the 400 in 57.48 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 35-2 and teamed up with Jennifer Miller, Alicia Hett and Kelli Elmer to edge Northfield in the 4x200 relay.
Hett also joined Sofia Chadwick, Emma Record and Racquel Beckett in the first-place 4x400 and placed third in the 800. Teammate Maria Kiminski won the 800 in a season-best 2:22 and Chadwick (fourth) and Alex Frost (fifth) gave Farmington four runners in the top five, all under 2:30.
Other first-place individual finishes came from Morgan Cecchettini in the 100, Maricia Pacheco in the 1,600 and Destiny Schmitz in the high jump. Schmitz added a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles and Cecchettini was third behind teammate Elizabeth Welter in the long jump.
Runner-up performances were turned in by Courtney Johnston, Megan Graham in the 400 and the 4x100 team of Welter, Record, Lulu Regules and Maddie Bowe.
Alysha Grebner led the Tiger throwers with a second-place toss in the shot put and a fourth-place spin in the discus.
Rosemount sent a pair of hurdlers to the meet and both came away with high finishes.
Rachel Schow prepared for this week's South Suburban Conference Championships by sweeping the 100 and 300 hurdles. She clocked in at 15.36 seconds in the 100 hurdles, breaking the record previously held by Farmington's Nadia Lorencz, and won the 300 hurdles in 45.95 to break former Tiger standout Alyssa Parco's meet record.
Renae Otto finished second behind Schow in both races.