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Girls track: Tigers productive at Hamline Elite

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Girls track: Tigers productive at Hamline Elite
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Farmington girls track team sent five events to the Hamline Elite Meet Friday night in St. Paul and all five came away with top-10 finishes.

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Defending state 110 hurdles champion Nadia Lorencz placed third in the event in 15.53 seconds and added a fourth-place long jump of 16 feet, 9 1/4 inches and a ninth-place triple jump of 33 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

The Tigers also turned in a pair of fifth-place relays. The 4x200 of Isabelle Ferm, Maria Kiminski, Morgan Cecchettini and Megan Graham clocked in at 1:47.45 and the 4x400 unit of Alicia Hett, Jennifer Miller, Graham and Kiminski clocked in at a season-best 4:06.87.

"We had a very productive night," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "Nadia was back to racing form again in the 100 hurdles. Now that our sand pit and runways are clear we will be able to improve in the long jump and triple jump. Our 4x200 ran well and the 4x400 capped the night off by running a season-best time."

The Hamline Elite qualifiers ran limited events a night earlier when the Tigers placed second with 124 1/2 points at the Red Wing Invite.

Four Farmington athletes tallied first-place finishes: Emma Record in the 100 (13.62), Lorencz in the pole vault (8-5), Destiny Schmitz in the high jump (5-0) and Kiminski in the 300 hurdles (49.33). The 4x200 relay also scored a gold medal.

Schmitz added a second-place leap of 33 feet in the triple jump. Other runners-up were Aly Grebner in the shot put and Racquel Beckett in the 200 where teammates Hett and Record were right behind in third and fourth, respectively.

The 4x800 also earned second place.

Finishing third were Elizabeth Welter in the long jump, Grebner in the high jump, Maricella Pacheco in the 3,200, Sam Hyytinen in the 800 and Alex Frost in the 1,600.

The 4x100 relay also claimed third place.

"Red Wing was a great opportunity for our kids to get competition," Hart said. "I had a lot of kids competing and they did a great job."

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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