Girls Track & Field: Fitzgerald, relays set the pace for the Tigers
Led by the 12 points awarded to Katrina Fitzgerald for her first-place finish in the pole vault, the Farmington girls track team scored 114 team points and earned fourth place at the Missota Conference Championships held last Tuesday and Thursday at Prior Lake.
The host Lakers won the meet with 213 points, followed by second-place New Prague's 167 points. Shakopee finished third. Fitzgerald got Farmington off to a good start when she won with a leap of 10 feet, 6 inches during Day 1 of the meet. But from there on out it was a meet of just-misses for the Tigers, who turned in two second-place finishes and four more third-place finishes.
The 4x800 meter relay team of Jackie Beckett, Maria Kiminski, Bailey Opsal and Kaitlyn Mincke continued its banner season with a second-place time of 9 minutes, 36.37 seconds on Thursday. Prior Lake won with a time of 9:30.01, the fastest clocking in the metro this spring.
Beckett, Kiminski and Mincke closed out the meet by teaming up with Chardea Cornell for a third-place time of 4:08.67 in the 4x400 relay. Beckett added another third-place finish in the open 800, where she clocked in at 2:22.50 and Mincke tacked on a sixth-place time of 5:32.30 against a competitive field in the 1,600.
Cornell also ran a leg of the third-place 4x200 relay. She joined Lauren McHenry, Rachel Sand and Amy Kiminski for a time of 1:48.07. McHenry and Kiminski came back three events later and teamed up for another third-place relay finish, this time combining with Rilee Carufel and AJ Olatunji for a 50.91 clocking in the 4x100.
Later in the meet, Olatunji, Kiminski and Carufel finished 4-5-6 in the 200-meter run as they all crossed the finish line in a span of 43-hundredths of a second.
The Tigers' only individual double place-winner was hurdler Alyssa Parco. The freshman finished fifth in the 100 hurdles in 16.79, then came back to earn second in the 300 hurdles in 47.18.
Katie Habeck tacked on a sixth-place toss of 34-8 in the shot put.
The Tigers compete again this afternoon when they head east to take part in the Section 1AA meet at Lakeville South.