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Girls track: Parco shines at Hamline Elite

Farmington's Alyssa Parco had an impressive freshman track campaign last spring. She consistently finished near the top in the hurdle events throughout the season and qualified for the state meet.

The season finished on a sour note, however, when she stumbled over a hurdle on the Hamline University track and finished last in the Class 2A 300-meter hurdles.

Tiger track coach Tom Hart figures Parco was using that experience as motivation Friday night at Hamline's Elite Meet when she ran neck-and-neck with the best hurdlers from around the state and finished third in a time of 46.29 seconds.

"Parco ran like a possessed runner wanting to finish what she didn't get to last June," he said. "Over the last hurdle she still had a shot at first, but ended up third. She looked very smooth."

The Tigers were also represented by individual competitors in the long jump, where Nadia Lorencz finished seventh at 16-0 and Erin Hickey was eighth at 15-10.24. Both jumpers battled the wind in an event where none of the 12 athletes matched their qualifying distance.

The 4x400 foursome of Parco, Amy Kiminski, Maria Kiminski and Nicole Clifton combined on a sixth-place time of 4:05.31.

Hart limited his Hamline-qualifying athletes to one event apiece at Thursday night's Farmington Invite and the results were duly affected as the Tigers finished fifth out of six teams with 67 points. Lakeville South scored the 159-116 meet victory over runner-up New Prague.

"Most of our team got the opportunity to compete at our home meet so it was great getting to see everyone involved and pushing themselves in competition," Hart said. "The team had a great day of putting it on the line that day."

Despite being limited to a single event, Parco, Maria Kiminski and Clifton managed to come away with gold. Parco won the 100 hurdles in 16.55, Kiminski claimed the 400 in 1:01.41 and Clifton clocked in at 2:27.55 to triumph in the 800. Amy Kiminski added a second-place time of 26.72 that was just three-hundredths of a seconds off the pace in the 200.

Also earning second was Maricia Pacheco, who completed the 3,200 in 12:19.05.

Third-place finishes were turned in by Hickey in the triple jump and by the 4x800 relay.