Track and Field: Tracksters dominate Northfield Triangular
The pole vault, 3200-meter run, 1600-meter run and the 200-meter dash all went to Rochester John Marshall, but the 13 remaining events were all claimed by Farmington athletes as the Tigers tuned up for this week's Missota Conference Championships with a dominant total of 104 points. The Rockets were second with 45 points and host Northfield scored 26 points.
The Tigers once again won all four relays, starting with a 4x800 victory by the foursome of Brian Huls, Eskindir Gebremichal, Taylor Kampa and Brandon Strohfus. The 4x200 team of Drew Schaeppi, Derek Waldbillig, Tyler Grubb and Adam Sturm followed with a 1:33.44 clocking and Sturm and Waldbillig came back to team up with Josh Zitzmann and Josh Jackson for a time of 43.49 in the 4x100.
Grubb closed out the day by joining Andrew Thomas, Levi Freetly and Isaiah Rockett for a 4x400 time of 3:33.3 that completed the relay sweep.
Earlier in the meet, Rockett and Freetly finished 1-2 in the open 800 with times of 2:02.1 and 2:02.4, respectively. Freetly was also second to teammate Michael Amofah in the triple jump.
The Tigers claimed the top two spots in four other events, as well. Zitzmann and Jordan Keller crossed the line first and second in the 110 high hurdles, Jackson and Grubb claimed the top places in the 400, Logan Hussung and Perry Robinson went 1-2 in the shot put and Hussung and Aaron Wratz outclassed the rest of the field in the discus. Hussung's discus toss sailed 161-1.
Other first-place Tiger finishes came from Jackson in the 100 (11.07), Zitzmann in the 300 hurdles (40.07) and Waldbillig in the long jump (19-3.5).
The Tigers opened up the Missota Conference Championships Tuesday afternoon in Prior Lake and they will continue the meet this afternoon at 3:45. The team will then have a full week to prepare for next Thursday's Section 1AA Meet at Lakeville South.