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Girls track & field: 4x800 paces Tigers at River Falls

Farmington’s 4x800 runners, from left, Emily Schaffer, Alicia Hett, Morgan Mach and Sofia Chadwick, earned batons for their third-place finish at Saturday’s All-American Invite in River Falls, Wis. The Tigers placed 10th out of 18 teams.

The Farmington girls track team wrapped up the indoor portion of its schedule with a 10th-place total of 25 ½ points Saturday at the All-American Invite in River Falls, Wis.

The Tigers’ highest finish came in the 4x800 where Emily Schaffer, Morgan Mach, Sofia Chadwick and Alicia Hett combined on a third-place time of 10 minutes, 11.8 seconds. Hett also teamed up with Shannon McKnight, Megan Graham and Victoria Almquist for a sixth-place finish in the 4x400.

The 4x200 foursome of Izzie Ferm, Emma Record, Amanda Flanscha and Racquel Beckett added a seventh-place time of 1:54.5.

Ferm was also fourth individually in the long jump with a leap of 16-0 and Graham went on to place seventh in the open 400.

In the 3,200, seventh-grader Lauren Peterson shattered a 29-year-old school record with a time of 11:31.22. She finished fifth in a race where the top five runners all broke the previous meet record.

Destiny Schmitz contributed points in a pair of events. She was sixth in the triple jump and tied for eighth in the high jump.

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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