Girls track: Lorencz, Parco lead the way
The first Missota Conference track and field meet held in Farmington was a successful one for the Tiger girls.
Led by sophomore Nadia Lorencz's three victories and three school records, the Tigers set four school records and were crowned conference champions in six events en route to a third-place finish Thursday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
"We were third and had some opportunities to move up, but they just didn't fall into place," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "We had six champions, which is an awesome accomplishment for these ladies. I was very happy with the attitude and energy they brought to this meet."
The Tigers scored 136 1/3 points to finish six points ahead of fourth-place Chanhassen. Northfield outscored runner-up New Prague for the team title. Shakopee (111), Red Wing (101 5/6), Chaska (63) and Holy Angels (41) rounded out the conference field.
Matching Holy Angels' 41 points was Lorencz. She opened her day by running to a school-record time of 15.28 seconds in the prelims of the 100 hurdles, an event she later won in a time of 15.66.
Lorencz did the rest of her damage in the field events. She cleared second place by eight inches in winning the long jump with a school-record leap of 18 feet, 7 inches, then came back to win the triple jump by over a foot with a school-record 36-10. For good measure, Lorencz tacked on a fifth-place showing in the pole vault, where she cleared 9-3.
The Tigers closed out the meet by setting their fourth school record of the day in the 4x400 relay. Alyssa Parco, Erin Hickey, Izzie Ferm and Maria Kiminski brought the baton around the track in 4:00.13 to edge second-place Northfield by 15-hundredths of a second. The fastest split went to Ferm, who clocked in at 57.7 seconds before handing off to Kiminski for the anchor leg.
Earlier in the meet, Parco, Ferm and Hickey teamed up with April Elmer in winning the 4x200 relay in a season-best time of 1:46.53.
Parco added an individual victory in the 300 hurdles where she defended her conference title with a time of 47.03 seconds that edged runner-up Sara Rookaird of New Prague by seven-hundredths of a second. Teammates Kiminski and Jessica Arey placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the event.
Ferm also took time away from her relay schedule to contribute in the individual events. The freshman placed second in the 400 in a time of 59.90 and finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-2.
Other point-scoring finishes came from Mary Cline in the 100 (fifth, 13.23), Jordan Bridges in the high jump (seventh, 4-10), Hickey in the long jump (seventh, 34-0) Alysha Grebner in the discus (98-0) and Arey in the 110 hurdles (seventh, 17.01).
The 4x100 relay finished fourth and the 4x800 relay came in fifth.
The Tigers will begin their quest for berths in the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University today when action gets under way at the Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South High School.