Looking at only the team standings, a casual observer would see the Farmington boys cross country team slipped from eighth at last year’s section meet to ninth at last Wednesday’s Section 1AA Championships at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna.
A sixth-place finish in the team standings wasn’t quite what Farmington head coach Heidi Revels was hoping for at last Tuesday’s Missota Conference Championships in New Prague.
Revels was very excited, however, about her three runners who earned all-conference honors with top-20 finishes. Freshman Sofia Chadwick led the way with an 11th-place time of 15:41 on the 4,000-meter course to earn a spot on the first team.
The new Farmington boys cross country coach won’t be new at all to the distance runners who have competed for the track team over the last few years.
Lisa Lippold, an assistant distance coach for the boys and girls track teams for the last three seasons, was recently announced as the successor to Keith Revels, who guided the Tiger cross country teams for five seasons.
Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams saw some good things while finishing in the middle of the pack at last Tuesday’s Shakopee Invitational.
The boys finished sixth out of 11 teams, but tightened the time between their top five runners down to 1 minute, 18 seconds. The fourth-place girls received a season-best time from Bailey Opsal and played three runners in the top 17.
Farmington senior Elliot Fenske cut 23 seconds off last year's time and defended his meet title at Tuesday's New Prague Invitational.
Fenske, who ran a 17:10 on the course last fall, outclassed the field with a 5,000-meter time of 16:47. His high finish helped the Tigers to a second-place team score of 63 points in the nine-team meet.
The orange and black of Farmington High School was lost in the crowd at Friday’s Applejack Invitational.
Competing alongside some of the best individuals and teams from around the metro, the Tiger boys finished 17th out of 22 teams on the soggy course at Aronson Park.
Shooting for a spot in the top 20, Farmington cross country runner Elliot Fenske stuck with the lead pack for as long as he could during action at the Class AA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
The Farmington girls cross country team accomplished first-year head coach Heidi Revels’ goal of improving on last year’s 11th-place section finish with a ninth-place showing at last Thursday’s Section 1AA Championships on a muddy and rainy Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna.
Elliot Fenske has been running somewhere between 40 and 50 miles a week since late August. But none of those miles he put in took place in the conditions he faced at Thursday’s Section 1AA Championships.
Junior Elliot Fenkse is still charging to the front of the pack, but the rest of the Farmington cross country team isn’t moving up the way head coach Keith Revels had hoped heading into the the section meet.
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