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Sprinters set the pace at State Meet

The Farmington boys track team took a different approach in securing another 32nd-place finish at last weekend's Class AA State Track and Field Championships.

Last spring, the Tigers sent five events to Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul, but all 10 of their points came on Trey Davis' second-place toss in the shot put. This time around, coach Brian Helmstetter's talented group of sprinters scored points in three events in compiling 11 points and earning another 32nd-place finish.

Rosemount claimed its first Class AA state title, outscoring runner-up Irondale, 65-60. Alexandria rounded out the list of 64 point-scoring teams with one point, leaving Farmington squarely in the middle of the state meet pack.

The bulk of the Tiger scoring came in the 4x100 relay, where senior Jordan Hauschild and juniors Derek Waldbillig, Josh Jackson and Adam Sturm earned eight points with a third-place time of 42.85 seconds. Their preliminary time of 43.62 was bested only by Irondale's 43.51, but Osseo and Wayzata improved their times enough to take the top two spots in the finals. Osseo entered with the top section time and won the event in 42.40.

Competition also proved to be tough in the 4x200. Hauschild, Sturm , Harrison Agbor-Eyong and Josh Zitzmann teamed up for a sharp time of 1:30.70 that left them eighth in the nine-team final. Champlin Park won the event with a 1:29.55 clocking, then six more teams crossed the finish line ahead of the Tigers in a span of 1.15 seconds.

Jackson rounded out the Farmington scoring by earning a single point in the 100-meter dash. He ran a time of 11.14 in the prelims, then finished ninth in the finals in 11.25. The junior also ran 10th in the 200, where his prelim time of 22.54 left him just short of a berth in the finals.

Tiger athletes also came up short of appearances in the finals in two other events -- the high jump and the 300 hurdles. Mike Bendix entered with a section jump of 6-2, but had to settle for clearing 6-0 and finishing in a tie for 15th. Zitzmann ran a time of 42.06 in the 300 hurdles that left him 16th out of 18 competitors.