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Track and Field: Tigers come out on top in Missota tune-up

Farmington's girls track team found success at last Thursday's Northfield Triangular despite using the meet as a warm-up for this week's Missota Conference Championships.

The Tigers shuffled around their relays and tried some runners in new events, but still managed to pile up a first-place total of 94 points. Rochester John Marshall was second with 50 points and host Northfield scored 42 points.

After watching their 4x800 place third with an alternate lineup, the Tigers reeled off three first-place finishes in the sprint relays. Amy Kiminski was part of two of those relays -- the 4x100 and 4x200. She joined Lauren McHenry, Erin Hickey and Mary Cline for a time of 51.79 in the 4x100, then teamed up with Rachel Sand, Isis Alexander and Natalia Sitzman for a 1:51.22 clocking in the 4x200.

The 4x400 unit of Jackie Beckett, Chardea Cornell, Maria Gouchenour and Kaitlin Mincke cruised to a 38-second margin of victory with a time of 4:12.97.

Mincke also led a 1-2-3 Tiger showing in the open 800, where she won in 2:21.63. Beckett was second in 2:21.89 and Bailey Opsal was third in 2:32.79.

Other first-place finishes on the track came in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the 1,600. Betsy Anderson won the 100 hurdles in 16.37, then finished second to teammate Alysssa Parco in the 300 hurdles. In between those two events, distance runner Devyn Alberts topped the field in the 1,600 by covering four laps in 5:44.25.

In the field events, Katrina Fitzgerald won the pole vault with a height of 10-6 and Katia Habeck heaved the shot put a meet-best 32-7.

The Tigers are back in action this week at the Missota Conference Championships in Prior Lake. The meet got underway Tuesday and continues this afternoon at 3:45.