Girls track: Tigers take second at conference meet
The Missota Conference Championships were moved back a day due to severe weather last Thursday, but when the competition resumed the Farmington girls track team was ready to go.
Six event titles and five runner-up finishes spearheaded the Tigers to second place in action Friday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers scored 147 points, 24 1/2 fewer than meet champion Northfield and seven more than third-place Shakopee.
"I was so proud of how hard our ladies fought and the desire to compete they showed," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "They truly were remarkable athletes Friday night."
Junior Nadia Lorencz was a triple winner for the Tigers. The returning All-Stater defended her conference title in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.38 seconds, won her first Missota high jump championship with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches, and edged teammate Izzie Ferm in the triple jump with a leap of 36-9 1/2. For good measure, Lorencz added a runner-up finish in the long jump where her mark of 17-10 came up ½ inch shy of victory.
Ferm claimed her own individual conference title in the 400 where she narrowly missed a new league record with a time of 58.12. Freshman teammate Megan Graham placed second with a three-second personal best of 1:00.87.
Ferm, also a second-place finisher in the 200, joined Graham, freshman Alicia Hett and senior Alyssa Parco for a conference-record setting time of 3:58.37 in winning the 4x400. The relay broke its own previous best clocking by eight seconds.
That wasn't the only meet record of the day for Parco. The returning All-State hurdler broke her own Missota mark in the 300 hurdles with a season-best time of 44.65 seconds. Teammate Jessica Arey also ran a season-best time in placing third. Parco rounded out her stellar performance with a second-place showing in the 100.
Also scoring points for the Tigers were Bekah Lippert in the high jump (7th), Aly Grebner in the shot put (8th) and Hett in the 1,600 (8th).
The Tigers are competing for spots at next week's state meet this week as they compete in the Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South. Check out farmingtonindependent.com to see who qualifies for state.