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Track and field: Tigers gear up for championship season
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Team scores aren't kept at the Pat Foley Classic.

Nevertheless, the meet has plenty of value to the Farmington boys and girls track programs. Both teams have dealt with abbreviated spring schedules due to inclement weather, and both welcomed the opportunity to compete in warm, dry conditions last Thursday in preparation for today's Missota Conference Championship, which Farmington will host for the first time at the new Tiger Stadium.


The Tigers came out sharp in their final tune-up before championship season, which will also include the Section 1AA and Class 2A State Championships, winning 14 events and turning in plenty of season-best performances while competing against Rochester John Marshall and host Northfield at the St. Olaf College track.

Senior Tyler Grubb continued to drop his times and splits in the sprint races while helping the Tigers collect two of their seven event victories. He won the open 100 in a time of 11.6, then came back to join Mason Auge, Jack Erickson and Charlie Wicks for a season-best time of 1:34.7 in winning the 4x200 relay. Grubb also ran a leg of the second-place 4x400, along with fellow seniors Record, Wicks and Tyler Beckett.

Senior John Schimmel joined Grubb as a double winner in the field events, topping the field in the shot put (49-9) and discus (personal-record 144-5). Sam Hanson and Dan Berg added a 1-2 finish in the high jump, clearing 6-0 and 5-8, respectively.

Another 1-2 Tiger finish came in the 400, where Tyler Lerbakken reached the finish first in a season-best 52.22 and Tanner Grubb was close behind in 52.61.

Farmington freshman Eric Stoeckmann provided another top finish in the 800, where he reached the finish in 2:13.28. He also ran a leg of the second-place 4x800 relay.

Farmington boys results

Second place: Carl Elmer, 3,200, 10:40.15; Connor Phu, pole vault, 11-0; Reid Taubenheim, pole vault, 11-0.

Third place: Carl Elmer, 1,600, 4:50.48; Bradley Dow, 3,200, 10:52.77; Tyler Beckett, 300 hurdles, 44.91; Mason Gaylord, triple jump, 37-11.

Fourth place: Jake Rudeen, 1,600, 4:51.74; Justin Hett, long jump; 18-11.

Parco, Ferm win two

Alyssa Parco and Izzie Ferm were each part of two of Farmington's seven first-place finishes in the girls portion of the meet.

Ferm won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 16-2, Parco claimed the 400 in 59.66 and both contributed to the team's 4x200 relay, which reached the finish line in 1:48.55. Megan Graham and Erin Hickey also ran legs of the relay.

Parco led a strong showing for the Tigers in the open 400. Hickey placed third in 1:01.57 and Ferm was less than a second back in fourth place (1:02.26).

Nadia Lorencz had another successful all-around meet for the Tigers, placing in three events. She won the 100 hurdles in 16.17 seconds and placed second in the pole vault (9-0) and triple jump (34-5).

Three other Farmington athletes won individual races. Maria Kiminski and Jessica Arey came in 1-2 in the 300 hurdles, Mary Cline won the 100 and Hannah Seitzinger turned in a season-best time in pulling away in the 800.

"We had some surprises and some very hard-fought races," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "It was just nice to be at a meet in good weather again. Overall, we had a pretty good day."

Farmington girls results

Second place: Jordan Bridges, high jump, 4-8.

Third place: 4x100 relay.

Fourth place: Alysha Grebner, discus, 89-8; Bailey Opsal, 1,600, 5:48.18.

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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