Girls track: Nine events reach top 10 at Mega Meet
Contributions from athletes in the open running events, hurdles, field events and relays helped the Farmington girls track team stay in the middle of the pack with a 10th-place finish at the 20-team Mega Meet Friday at Lakeville North.
In all, the Tigers managed nine top-10 finished against a field that also included Fargo South, Prior Lake, Lakeville North, Minnetonka, Grand Rapids, Ribbinsdale Armstrong, Mounds View, Rosemount and White Bear Lake in the top 10.
"We had some very good performances," coach Tom Hart said. "This was quite a meet with a lot of great competition. I liked our mental toughness in how we went out there and were not intimidated or fazed by who was there and competed."
Two of Farmington's top finishes came in the hurdle races, where returning state qualifier Alyssa Parco finished third in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the 100 hurdles. Parco's 100 hurdles time of 16.49 was a personal best and her 300 hurdles time was a season best.
Parco also contributed a leg to the third-place 4x400 relay, which clocked in at a season-best time of 4:09.90. Nicole Clifton, Amy Kiminski and Maria Kiminski rounded out the relay and all three added individual top-10 finishes of their own.
Amy Kiminski was seventh in the 200, Maria Kiminski finished seventh in the 400 and Clifton reached the finish eighth in the 800.
Maria Kiminski and Clifton also joined Bailey Opsal and Devyn Alberts for a fourth-place and season-best time of 10:05.46 in the 4x800 relay.
Farmington's top finish came in the long jump where freshman Nadia Lorencz emerged to place second with a leap of 16-6 1/4. Lorencz also placed 13th in the high jump.
Haley Luhman rounded out the list of top-10 Tiger finishers with a season-best pole vault of 8-6 that earned her seventh place.
In the distance races, eighth-grader Maddie Strid was Farmington's top finisher with a 12th-place performance in the 1,600. Maricia Pacheco was 13th in the 1,600 and 15th in the 3,200.