Girls track & field: Lorencz narrowly misses titles at Elite meet
Farmington's Nadia Lorencz came a combined three inches from capturing two individual titles at the state's most prestigious regular-season track meet.
The junior finished a close second in both the long jump and triple jump at the Hamline Elite Meet Friday night at Klas Stadium in St. Paul. She covered 17 feet, 4 inches in the long jump to finish 1 1/2 inches behind meet champion Gabrielle Murphy of North St. Paul's 17 5 1/2 inches and sailed 36-4 1/2 in the triple jump to fall just short of North St. Paul's Julia Stedman at 36-6.
Lorencz, the state runner-up in the long jump and 100 hurdles last spring, also placed eighth in the 100 hurdles in 15.84 seconds. She entered the meet with the state's top performances in all three of her events this spring, but may have been affected by the short rest time between performances at Friday's meet, according to Tiger coach Tom Hart.
"The schedule was so tight for Nadia's three events that I think it took her out of her normal rhythm," he said. "It was great for her to be selected for this event but there are a lot more important meets coming up."
Farmington senior Alyssa Parco also qualified for the meet in the 100-meter dash and 300 hurdles, but opted not to run after suffering a slight leg injury earlier in the week.
The Tigers opened the week by tying Lakeville North for fourth place with 69 team points at last Tuesday's Wildcat Invitational in Eagan.
Lorencz won three of her events, claiming the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, the long jump with a jump of 18-4 and the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.97. She added a fifth-place vault of 9-6 for good measure.
Parco blazed to a winning 300 hurdles time of 45.29 that ranked first statewide and was three-tenths faster than the winning clocking Friday at Hamline. She also contributed to both of the Tigers' third-place relays, combining with Megan Graham, Jennifer Miller and Izzie Ferm in the 4x200 and Alicia Hett, Maria Kiminski and Ferm in the 4x400.
Ferm also placed fourth in the 200 in 26.74 and fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15-8.
Hett added a single point with an eighth-place time of 5:33.37 in the 1,600.