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Track and field: Tigers tune up for Missota meet in Northfield

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Track and field: Tigers tune up for Missota meet in Northfield
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The Farmington track teams geared up for this week's Missota Conference Championships by competing against Northfield and Rochester John Marshall at the three-team Pat Foley Classic last Thursday at Carleton College in Northfield.


The meet isn't scored and a traveling trophy goes to the team that wins a randomly-chosen event. This year the event was the 110-meter hurdles, so Rochester John Marshall was awarded the hardware.

Despite windy conditions, both the Farmington boys and girls teams turned in several personal records.

Nadia Lorencz broke the previous meet record in the long jump by more than two feet by sailing a personal-best 18 feet, 6 inches. She also won the high jump by clearing 5-2 and the 100 hurdles by crossing the finish in 15.82 seconds.

Teammate Izzie Ferm broke a meet record in the 400 with a winning time of 59.44 seconds. She also placed fourth in the long jump and anchored the first-place 4x200 that also included Alyssa Parco, Alicia Hett and Megan Graham.

The Tiger girls also claimed gold in the 4x800, where Alex Frost, Nicole Knoepke, Victoria Jacoby and Sydney Bockelman combined on a time of 10:47.67.

Jessica Arey placed second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles and ran personal-best times in both events. Other runner-up finishes were turned in by Abby Haugen in the pole vault, Sarah Cummings in the 3,200 and Hett in the 800.

Bekah Lippert cleared 4-10 for third place in the high jump and Maricia Pacheco was third in the 1,600. Fourth-place finishes went to Alexis Johnson in the 1,600, Maricella Pacheco in the 3,200, Kathryn Beckett in the triple jump, Maricia Pacheco in the 800 and Courtney Johnson in the 100.

On the boys side, Justin Hyytinen had a hand in three of the Tigers' five first-place finishes. He won the 400 and 3,200 and joined Eric Stoeckmann, Chad Retterath and Tyler Lerbakken for a meet-record time of 8:31.34 in the 4x800.

The 4x100 foursome of Sam Wyatt, Athen Ashton, Troy Hoffman and Justin Hett also grabbed gold, as did Dan Berg in the high jump.

The Tigers placed multiple athletes in the top four in five different events:

• Hett, Stoeckmann and Sean McHenry finished 2-3-4 in the long jump

• Lerbakken and Retterath were second and third in the 800

• Bret Hoffman and Joe Ouyang were 3-4 in the discus

• Hoffman and Jake lee placed 2-3 in the shot put

• Cullen Smith and Wyatt came in 3-4 in the triple jump

Runner-up finishes came from Reid Taubenheim in the pole vault, Hoffman in the 100 and Nehemiah Rockett in the 300 hurdles. Tanner Grubb added a third-place run in the 200.

The Missota Conference Championships get under way today at 1:30 at Tiger Stadium.

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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