Track and field: FHS boys second, girls fourth at True Team section
The Farmington boys track team made huge strides at this year's Section 1AAA True Team meet.
Sixth out of nine teams a year ago when they scored 584 points, the Tigers placed second with 828 points last Tuesday at Lakeville North.
Owatonna won the nine-team meet with 882 1/2 points.
Justin Hyytinen and Tyler Lerbakken were both triple winners for the Tigers. Hyytinen swept the distance races, winning the 1,600 in 4:28 and the 3,200 in a personal-best 9:52 before joining Lerbakken, Tommy Weigel and Tanner Grubb in the first-place 4x400 relay (3:32).
Lerbakken teamed up with Devon Webb, Jared Wolt and Sean Dougherty to win the 4x800 in 8:15 and led a 1-3-7 finish, along with Wolt and Webb, in the open 800 with a time of 2:00.81.
The 4x200 team of Weigel, Alex Chadwick, Mason Gaylord and Ryan Parco placed second, as did Grubb in the 200 (23.18), Nehemiah Rockett in the 300 hurdles (40.94) and Weigel in the 400 (51.94).
Grubb was right behind in third in the 400 and Mason Auge and Parco placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 200. Auge tacked on a seventh-place run in the 100.
Other top-10 individual finishes came from CJ Wynings in the discus (fourth, 134-6), Wyatt Ferm (fourth, 5-10), Dan Berg (eighth) and Cullen Smith (10th) in the high jump, Rockett (fifth, 16.87) and Dan Berg (sixth) in the 110 hurdles, Conner Phu in the pole vault (ninth, 11-6) and Rockett in the triple jump (39-6).
With defending state champion Nadia Lorencz sidelined with an ankle injury and all-stater Izzie Ferm nursing a sore hip, the Farmington girls were still able to place fourth out of nine teams at the Section 1AAA True Team meet last Tuesday.
The Tigers scored 598 points, just over 60 off the pace of third-place Rochester Century in the nine-team meet.
Ferm was able to work through her injury and still win the 200 in 26.68 and place second in the 400 in 59.51. Teammate Megan Graham was sixth in the 200, eighth in the 400 and joined Sofia Chadwick, Maria Kiminski and Alicia Hett for a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay.
Kiminski added a fifth-place individual showing in the 300 hurdles and Hett was eighth in the 800.
Destiny Schmitz contributed a solid all-around day with three individual top-10 finishes. She cleared a personal-best 5-2 to place third in the high jump, was eighth in the triple jump and took ninth in the 100 hurdles.
Morgan Cecchettini was a double place-winner for the Tigers. She was sixth in the 100 in 13.43 and eighth in the long jump with a leap of 15-7 3/4.
Maricia Pacheco was 10th in the 1,600 in 5:36 and Kelsey Lindell added a 10th-place leap of 4-10 in the high jump.
The 4x800 and 4x100 relays each finished fourth.
The Tigers compete again this afternoon at the Northfield Invitational.