Girls track: Parco, 4x200 pull in 7th
The future looks bright for the Farmington girls track program.
The Tigers wrapped up the 2010 season with five athletes competing at the Class 2A State Meet last weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul, and four of those athletes will be back next spring after helping the team to a 40th-place total of six points.
"It was a lot of fun to be right there in races with the best in the state," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "I told them there are 120 other teams in Class 2A that wanted to get to state in March, so where you finish now is where you rank out of 120 teams. You have to have that perspective and realize that a lot of teams wanted it and didn't get there."
Three of Farmington's six points came from the 4x200-meter relay team, which broke its own school record of 1 minute, 42.44 seconds to finish seventh in Saturday's nine-team final. Meet champion Hopkins won the race in a state-record time of 1:40.62 and the next six teams crossed the finish line in a span of less than two seconds.
Farmington was represented by the foursome of sophomore Alyssa Parco, junior Erin Hickey, freshman Maria Kiminski and senior Amy Kiminski. Hickey and Amy Kiminski were making their state debuts, while Parco and Maria Kiminski were back after qualifying last season.
The team qualified eighth in Friday's prelims, but dropped nearly a second in the finals to move up one spot past Eastview.
"The prelim didn't go great. They had a bad handoff and barely qualified. The second day they nailed the handoff," Hart said. "They had their shot. They were right there in that mix of three through seven."
Parco also had to settle for a seventh-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. Hart said Parco, who finished 17th at state in the event last spring, ran well despite clipping one hurdle in both Friday's prelim and Saturday's final.
"She ran aggressively. She hit the last hurdle in her prelim to finish third, and that put her in lane one in the finals. She was right there with the top three in the finals, then she hit the sixth hurdle," Hart said. "I think she was happy to make the finals and go out and show she's right there with the best of them. She could have run better, but she was by no means disappointed. She isn't satisfied place-wise and next year she will try to get higher."
Farmington freshman Nadia Lorencz is also looking ahead to next year after placing 17th out of 18 competitors in the long jump in her state debut. Lorencz jumped 16-11 3/4 in the section meet, but battled injury while reaching just 15-9 1/4 at state.
"Her leg was bothering her the whole week and she came out and jumped really flat," Hart said. "The season didn't end on a note it could have."