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Track and field: Farmington runners set indoor marks at St. Thomas

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Records continued to fall for the Farmington boys and girls track teams at last Wednesday's University of St. Thomas indoor meet.

The boys team set three indoor school records on the 200-meter Field House track in St. Paul. Tanner Grubb provided one in the 400-meter dash and came back to run a 52-second split in the 4x400 relay. Justin Hyytinen also turned in a 52-second 400 split after breaking his own indoor record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:36.

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The other school indoor record came in the 800 where Jared Wolt shaved off two seconds from the previous meet for a 2:08 clocking.

"Many kids were gone for spring break, but we still had some great performances and got more people on the track," coach Brian Helmstetter said.

The Tiger girls brought a group that was primarily freshmen to the meet and came away with a pair of school indoor records. Three runners -- Sofia Chadwick, Alicia Hett and Samantha Hyytinen -- toppled the previous mark in the 800.

The 3,200 indoor record was also bested by Sarah Cummings.

"Our ninth graders and underclassmen got to compete and gained some valuable meet experience early," coach Tom Hart said.

The Tigers' outdoor season-opener originally scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed. Instead, the team will send several events to compete in the All-American Invite Saturday in River Falls.

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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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