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Girls track: Tigers compete well at Windy Eden Prairie

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Two relay wins and eight top-three individual finishes helped Farmington's girls track team finish fourth -- and just 6 1/2 points out of second -- against an impressive eight-team field at Saturday's Eden Prairie Booster Invitational.

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Host Eden Prairie won the meet, outscoring runner-up Moorhead 153.5-124.5. Wayzata was third with 122.5 points and the Tigers were right behind with 118 points.

"We ran pretty well and raced extremely hard," Farmington head coach Tom Hart said. "Despite the windy conditions, the ladies came to compete and let it show on the track."

Sophomore Alyssa Parco battled through the wind to contribute to two first-place performances. She joined Nicole Clifton, Amy Kiminski and Maria Kiminski for a winning time of 4:07.17 and won the 300 hurdles in 47.01, placed fifth in the 100 hurdles (teammate Nadia Lorencz was seventh) and took eighth in the long jump. She was part of a strong team showing in the long jump where Lorencz placed second, Amy Kiminski was seventh and Erin Hickey earned ninth.

Farmington also got second-place field event finishes from Katie Habeck in the shot put and Haley Luhman in the pole vault.

Hickey supplied a scoring double in the jumping events as she also placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 7 inches. The sophomore also scored in two running events, placing second in the 100 with a time of 13.16 and contributing a leg to the third-place 4x100-meter relay.

The Tigers' other relay victory came in the 4x800, where Maria Kiminski, Nicole Clifton, Devyn Alberts and Bailey Opsal brought the baton home in 10:04.42. Kiminski tacked on a third-place run in the 400 and Clifton was third in the open 800.

Other top-eight placings in the running running events came from Amy Kiminski in the 200 (sixth, 27.81) and Maricia Pacheco in the 1,600 (seventh, 5:42) and 3,200 (12:06). In the field events, Habeck and Danielle Froehling went 6-7 in the discus and Lorencz and Jordan Bridges finished 6-7 in the high jump.

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Farmington's lone event victory at last Tuesday's Eagan Wildcat Invitational came from the 4x400 relay team of Parco, Clifton and the Kiminskis, which came in with a time of 4:06.83, just over two seconds ahead of runner-up Rosemount.

Amy Kiminski added a second-place leap in the long jump (personal-best 16 feet) and a sixth-place sprint in the 200, while Parco came in second in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the long jump.

Habeck provided the highest finish in the field events, placing second in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 36-10.

Maria Kiminski broke out with a season-best time of 2:24.40 to earn fourth in the 800 and Clifton was seventh in the 400.

Pacheco once again turned in a scoring double, taking fourth in the 1,600 and sixth in the 3,200.

The 4x800 and 4x100 relays each placed fifth and the 4x200 finished sixth.

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