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Relay victories spark Tigers at Northfield Invite

The Farmington girls track team tuned up for its upcoming Missota Championship and Section 1AA meets by winning the four-team Northfield Invite last Thursday at Carleton College.

The Tigers won eight events in racking up 90 team points. Hastings finished second with 72 points, ahead of host Northfield (56) and Rochester John Marshall (54).

Jackie Beckett was part of three first-place events, winning the open 800 in 2:23 and joining Devyn Alberts, Bailey Opsal and Kaitlin Mincke for a 9:45.8 clocking in the 4x800 before teaming up with Mincke, Anna Findsen and Nicole Clifton for a 4:04.07 showing in the 4x400. The open 400 also went to the Tigers as Nekeya Broadnax earned a gold medal with a 1:04.31 showing.

"Our relay times dropped again, which means we are going in the right direction and our training is really starting to pay off," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "Our 4x800 really looked great, and our sprint relays, once they clean up their baton passes, they should be right there, also."

The 4x200 also crossed the finish line first as Clifton's 25.19-second anchor brought the baton in at 1:47.6. The relay also featured Lauren McHenry, Amy Kiminski and Callie Doffing, who also won the open 200 in 27.76. Riley Carufel made it a Farmington sweep of the open sprints with a sharp 13.16 in the 100 and also finished second to Doffing in the 200.

Betsy Anderson also claimed gold and silver, winning the 300 hurdles and placing second in the 100 hurdles. Other second-place finishes were provided by the 4x100 relay, Alberts in the 800 and Opsal in the 3,200.

Farmington earned three third-place finishes -- all in the field events. Meredith Gulsvig threw the shot 29-1, Abby Kenealy high jumped 4-10 and Roxy Desseyn triple jumped 32-2.

Fourth-place finishes came from Elizabeth Nikoley in the 100, Alex Johnson in the pole vault, Anderson in the high jump and Desseyn in the triple jump. Katee Rotty was fifth in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

The Tigers were back in action Tuesday night in Prior Lake at the Missota Conference Championships, a meet that resumes today at 3:45 p.m. They'll then have a full week off to prepare for next Thursday's Section 1AA Meet at Lakeville South High School.

"We are looking pretty strong going into the conference meet," Hart said. "I'm hoping the ladies can achieve the kind of success they have trained for."