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Boys track: Sprint relays, hurdlers and throwers shine

Fifteen personal-best performances weren't enough to lift Farmington from the middle of the pack in the boys portion of the drizzly Section 1AA True Team Championships last Tuesday in Rochester.

The throwers, 300 hurdlers and sprint relays battled the elements while posting Farmington's top finishes, but overall depth cost the Tigers as they scored a fifth-place total of 694 points in the nine-team meet. Lakeville South outscored Owatonna, 939.5-792, for the team title, while Lakeville North finished third (778.5) and Rochester Mayo fourth (715).

"I do feel we should have been able to compete for third place out of the teams that were there. You need depth and things to go your way on a met like last night," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "We don't have the depth of the last couple of years and we needed more from the guys last night."

The Tigers did display some depth in the throwing events, where their top three performances in the shot put and discus accounted for 120 of their team points.

Senior standout Logan Hussung, who was recently named Farmington's Male Athlete of the Year, outclassed the field by nearly 30 feet in winning the discus. His spin of 177 feet accounted for Farmington's lone event victory and earned the Tigers 27 points, but it was the shot put that ended up being the team's highest-scoring event.

Hussung was edged by just under eight inches in the shot, where his toss of 57 feet, 2 inches was good enough for second place. Teammate John Schimmel backed him up with a fifth-place toss of 47-1.75 and Ross Heintz made it three Tiger shot putters in the top seven with a seventh-place toss of 44-10.

The Tigers also received points from multiple competitors in the 300 hurdles where Matt Shutey was second in 42.11, Jordan Keller placed third in 42.83 and Justice Detzel came in 11th. Shutey tacked on a 10th-place finish in the 110 highs and was part of the fourth-place 4x200 relay that included Charlie Wicks, Ryan Farley and Andrew Thomas.

Keller contributed a leg to the second-place 4x400, which also included Thomas, Tyler Grubb and Levi Freetly.

Grubb went on to supply Farmington's top individual sprint finishes, crossing the finish line seventh in both the 100 and 200 while running season-best times.

A season-best was also achieved by the 4x100 relay team of Farley, Shayne Benjamin, Brandon Todd and CJ Record, which placed third in a time 45.66.

Before the 4x400, Freetly helped the Tigers score points with three top-10 finishes in his three individual events. He joined Thomas for a 4-5 finish in the 400, ran ninth in the 800 and earned sixth in the triple jump.

Sam Hanson added 20 points to the Tiger cause by tying for seventh in the high jump.