Girls track & field: Tigers send seven to state
The biggest meets of the season continued to bring out the best in the Farmington girls track team at the Section 1AA Championships.
Coming off a Missota Conference meet where they won six events and placed second as a team, the Tigers once again claimed six first-place finishes - three of which set new section records - and qualified seven events for the upcoming Class 2A State Meet while placing third as a team Saturday afternoon at Lakeville South.
The host Cougars ran away with the meet, scoring 171 points to runner-up Lakeville North's 109. The Tigers scored 87 points to pace the rest of the 15-team field.
"I was very happy with all of the ladies today. We had many personal records," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "I am very pleased with the way they competed. It was a great day to be a Tiger fan."
Junior standout Nadia Lorencz will return to Hamline Stadium in three events after earning a trio of section titles at South. She began the meet by winning the long jump Thursday with a leap of 17 feet, 11 1/4 inches that ranks first statewide going into the state meet. Her season-best jump of 18-6 is also the best posted in the state this spring.
Lorencz began Saturday's finals by racing to a section-record time of 14.56 seconds in winning the 100 hurdles. That clocking ranks third statewide heading in to state, trailing only Richfield standout Jessica January and Rosemount freshman Rachel Schow.
Lorencz was second at state last spring in both the long jump and 100 hurdles.
The junior will add a new event to her state schedule this year after winning the triple jump at the section meet with a leap of 37 feet, 6 3/4 inches. That set another section record and ranks first among state qualifiers.
Also qualifying for state in the triple jump was sophomore Izzie Ferm, who placed second with a leap of 36-5 1/2. Ferm, a member of last year's fourth-place state 4x400 relay, will compete in three events this time as she also won a section title in the 400 with a time of 58.51 and anchored the 4x400 to a first-place finish.
Senior Alyssa Parco is also back as part of that 4x400 relay, which is rounded out by freshmen Alicia Hett and Megan Graham. Parco will also make one final appearance in the 300 hurdles, an event she placed third in last spring. Her first-place section meet time of 44.10 set a new section record and ranks second heading into state.
Parco tacked on a third-place finish in the 100 at the section meet, narrowly missing a state berth, and Ferm was third in the 200.
Jessica Arey turned in Farmington's only other top-five finish in the 300 hurdles where her season-best time of 47.64 was good enough for fifth. The 4x200 relay of Jennifer Miller, Courtney Johnson, Graham and Laura Steege added a seventh-place finish.
Graham was eighth in the 400 in 1:02.77 and Jordan Walls added a 10th-place finish in the long jump.
The Class 2A State Meet gets under way tomorrow at Hamline University in St. Paul.