Track: Tigers strong up front at Missota Relays
Both of Farmington's track teams finished in the middle of the pack at last Tuesday's Missota Conference Relay Meet at Shakopee Junior High School.
The boys tied Shakopee for the most top-three finishes with 10, but ended up fourth in a tight team race with 149 points. Prior Lake topped Shakopee 169-164 for the team title and Holy Angels was third with 155 points.
"We had a lot of great performances, but because the competition was so tight, we all needed to have a big day and our weak spots hurt us," Farmington boys coach Brian Helmstetter said.
The Tigers scored 128 points in their 10 best events. Their six worst events netted just 21 total points, compared to 39 scored by the six worst events for a more balanced Prior Lake team.
"Looking back at the meet, if we had all performed to what we have already done, we would have gotten back those 20 points that separated the three teams in front of us," Helmstetter said.
The Tigers topped the rest of the field in four events, including the discus, where senior Logan Hussung led the charge with a spin of 188 feet, 4 inches, which was the eighth-longest throw in Minnesota prep history. Hussung teamed up with John Schimmel and Perry Robinson to win the discus, then combined with Schimmel and Ross Heinz to take the shot put crown.
Tyler Grubb, Andrew Thomas and Levi Freetly were also part of two first-place finishes, joining Charlie Wicks in the sprint medley and Matt Shutey in the 4x400.
Shutey was part of Farmington's lone second place finish, in the 300 hurdles, where he was joined by Jordan Keller, Justice Detzel and Tyler Beckett.
The team tacked on third-place showings in the 4x200 (Wicks, Ryan Farley, Keller, Brandon Todd), 4x100 (CJ Record, Farley, Shayne Benjamin, Todd), 4x800 (Kurt Atkinson, Eric Adrian, Sam Wyatt, Tyler Lerbakken), long jump (Keller, Shutey, Justin Hett) and triple jump (Freetly, Hett, Zach Wyatt).
Like the Tiger boys, the girls team had to overcome some low-scoring events during a fifth-place finish. Five of the Tigers' events combined for 61 points, while the other 11 events totaled 55 points.
"We saw last night that many of the teams are improved from when we saw them earlier, but they did not see our best lineup yet," Farmington girls coach Tom Hart said. "I am hopeful we will move up in the conference meet as I think we have some pretty good first- and second-place finishers that will show more points in the traditional meet format, but it will be close."
In the relay scoring format, the results were not all that close. Prior Lake pulled away from the girls pack with 213 points, well ahead of runner-up Shakopee's 146 points. Northfield and New Prague claimed third and fourth and Farmington ended up fifth with 116 points.
The Tiger girls claimed their lone first-place finish in the long jump where Amy Kiminski, Erin Hickey and Nadia Lorencz combined to jump 46 feet, 2 inches.
The sprint medley relay team of Lauren McHenry, Amy Kiminski, Maria Kiminski and Nicole Clifton finished second and broke a school record with a time of 4:21.85. A new school record was also set in the IM hurdle relay where Lorencz, Alyssa Parco, Maddie Strid and Jessica Arey earned second with a time of 3:29.30.
The 4x400 relay added a third-place finish, the pole vaulters took fourth and the discus, high jump, 4x200 and 4x800 each placed fifth.