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Boys track: Tigers pushed at Mega Meet

Farmington's Andrew Thomas anchors the Farmington 4x200 relay to a first-place finish during last Tuesday's home meet. The Tigers finished 12th out of 17 teams at last Friday's Mega Meet at Lakeville North.

Outside of the state meet, it would be difficult to find a more impressive lineup of prep track and field teams than the one that gathered at Lakeville North for Friday's Mega Meet.

Farmington finished 12th out of a field of 17 boys teams and cracked the top 10 in only six events, but the important number to head coach Brian Helmstetter was 22 -- the number of personal records turned in by his athletes during the windy 7 1/2 hour meet.

Good competition produces good times and there was plenty of both in a meet where Wayzata outscored Eden Prairie, 96-92, for the team title. Rounding out the top 10 teams were Rosemount, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Minnetonka, Roseville, Edina, Lakeville North, Anoka and Winona.

"This was essentially a state-caliber meet. We may not have finished in the top 10 in most of the events, but we didn't back down from the strong competition," Helmstetter said. "In fact, I think we stepped our effort up."

Farmington's top finisher was senior thrower Logan Hussung, who was named the meet's field event MVP after winning the shot put and placing second in the discus. Hussung's heave of 55 feet, 10 1/2 inches in the finals established a new personal best and his spin of 160-1 in the discus was within 10 feet of the Farmington school record.

Other field event highlights included an eighth-place and personal-best shot put toss of 46-9 for John Schimmel, a 12th-place triple jump of over 40 feet by Levi Freetly, a 13th-place effort in the high jump by Sam Hanson and a 14th-place pole vault by Andrew Cayard.

Freetly also provided Farmington's top individual open finish on the track, where his personal-best time of 2:04 earned him 10th against a talented field in the 800. Freetly capped off his day by joining Matt Shutey, Tyler Grubb and Andrew Thomas for a fourth-place and season-best time of 3:33.21 in the 4x400.

Shutey highlighted a good day for the Farmington hurdling crew with an eighth-place time of 43.70 in the 300 hurdles. Justice Detzel added solid finished in both the 300 hurdles (18th) and 110 hurdles (15th) and Tyler Beckett and Zach Wyatt also raced to personal best times in the events.

In the distance events, Farmington got season bests from Chad Retterath, Alec Wilson, Carl Elmer and Jake Rudeen.

Other Farmington individuals to achieve top 20 finishes were Grubb in the 400 (13th, 54.33) and Thomas in the 200 (18th, 24.27). The 4x100 relay of CJ Record, Ryan Farley, Shayne Benjamin and Brandon Todd crossed the finish line 12th and the 4x800 relay of Tyler Lerbakken, Sam Wyatt, Kurt Atkinson and Eric Adrian was 14th.

"I am proud of our veterans as they worked hard to compete against the state's best," Helmstetter said. "Our young tracksters had their eyes opened a bit to the talent in the state of Minnesota, but looked at it as a challenge and somewhere they all wanted to be."

The Tigers were back home for the Farmington Tiger Relays Tuesday. They compete again at the Eagan Invite next Tuesday.