Girls track sends four to state
One bad handoff in the 4x200 and one inch of distance in the triple jump kept the Farmington girls track and field team from qualifying six events for this weekend's Class 2A State Meet.
Still, the Tigers were able to earn their way onto the Hamline University track in four events while scoring 52 points and finishing fifth out of 14 teams at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South High School.
Lakeville North beat cross-town rival South 140-105 for the team championship, while Rochester Mayo (93) and Rochester Century (74 1/2) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Two Farmington athletes won section championships in events they qualified for state in last spring. Sophomore Nadia Lorencz, 17th at state last year, posted the best section long jump in the state on Saturday with a leap of 18 feet, 8 inches. Later in the meet, junior Alyssa Parco qualified for state for the third straight year with a winning 300 hurdle time of 45.90 that ranks second among Class 2A competitors heading into the state meet. She was seventh in the event a year ago.
Both Lorencz and Parco will compete in two events this weekend.
Lorencz followed up her section-record long jump with a second-place time of 15.45 seconds in the 100 hurdles. That ranks her ninth out of 16 state qualifiers. She also finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 35-10 that left her one inch shy of a third state-qualifying event.
Parco closed out the section meet by joining senior Erin Hickey, freshman Izzie Ferm and sophomore Maria Kiminski for a school-record time of 3:59.37. The clocking earned the Tigers second place and ranks them sixth out of 14 state qualifiers.
Parco, Hickey and Kiminski were all part of Farmington's 4x200 relay that placed seventh at last year's state meet. This year's 4x200 was in a battle for first place heading in the section finals on Saturday, but a bad handoff left them third and out of the state meet.
"The state qualifiers really went out and performed at a high level, which is what we need going into the state meet," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "We had a couple of events come close to qualifying, but in the end the others were just a little bit better."
The Tigers reached the podium in the other two relays as well. The 4x100 team of Mary Cline, Jessica Arey, Kelli Elmer and Kelly Kornmann placed seventh and the 4x800 foursome of Alex Frost, Maddie Strid, Megan Graham and Hannah Seitzinger took eighth.
Hickey scored points in a pair of field events in the final section meet of her career. She placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet and sixth in the long jump at 16-5.
Ferm added a fifth-place time of 1:00.20 in the 400 and Kiminski placed ninth in 1:02.72.
The Class 2A State Meet gets under way Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul.
"It will be fun for these ladies to get to experience the state meet atmosphere and know they are one of the best in the state," Hart said.