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Girls Track: Clifton leads third-place Tigers

The Farmington girls track team found the bulk of its success in the sprints and middle distance races during a third-place showing at Saturday's Academy of Holy Angels indoor meet at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Led by a winning time of 2:23 by Nicole Clifton in the 800-meter run and three relays -- the 4x800, 4x400 and 4x200 -- that all finished second behind teams from Prior Lake, the Tigers placed third out of six teams with 112 points. The Lakers outscored New Prague 155.5-131.5 for the top spot and Shakopee was fourth at 105.5.

The Tigers padded their total in a pair of events where they placed three competitors in the top 10 -- the 55-meter dash and the long jump. In the 55, Ajoke Olatunji placed second in 7.25 seconds, Lauren McHenry crossed the finish line right behind in fourth and Rilee Carufel followed in sixth.

Erin Hickey led the way in the long jump with a leap of 15-2.75 that earned her second, Amy Kiminski claimed third at 15-2.5 and McHenry tacked on a seventh-place leap of 14-4.

Olatunji went on to place third in the 200 in 27.09, while Kiminski earned fifth in the 200 and third in the 400.

The Tigers earned a pair of third-place finishes in the middle-distance races. Jackie Beckett was third behind Clifton in the 800 in 2:29.9 and Kaitlin Mincke was third in the 1,600 in 5:37.9.

Another third was supplied by Katrina Fitzgerald, who cleared 8-0 in the pole vault.

Betsy Anderson provided points in multiple events by placing third in the high jump at 4-8 and fifth in the 500 hurdles in a time of 9.59. Teammate Breanna Thompson was seventh in the hurdles in 9.66.

The Tigers opened their outdoor season Tuesday at the Faribault Invite.