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Girls track: Record-setting Tigers finish third in Missota

Three school-record-setting performances and three first-place finishes pushed Farmington to third place in the girls' portion of the Missota Conference Championships last Thursday in Prior Lake.

The Tigers scored the bulk of their points in the relays and field events, but were still able to pile up 124 1/2 team points. That was just nine points off the pace of runner-up New Prague in a meet the host Lakers won handily with 233 1/2 points.

"The kids came to perform and did so at quite a high level," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "I couldn't have asked for much more from then. They truly brought a championship effort to the conference meet. We now look forward to what possibilities exist at the section meet."

State qualifications appear to be a distinct possibility for the three events the Tigers claimed at the conference meet -- the 300 hurdles, the 4x100 and the 4x200. Alyssa Parco won the 300 hurdles in 45.47 seconds, and joined Amy Kiminski, Maria Kiminski and Erin Hickey for school-record times in the first-place 4x200 and second-place 4x400.

Hickey was part of the 4x100 unit that also included Lauren McHenry, Jessica Arey (fifth in the 300 hurdles) and Nadia Lorencz. The foursome brought the baton home in 51.12 to edge Prior Lake and Northfield.

Hickey tacked on a second-place leap of 16 feet, 5 inches in the long jump, an event where teammate Amy Kiminski was fourth at 16 feet, 1/4 inch. Amy Kiminski was also second in the 200 with a time of 26.31, while Maria Kiminski reached the finish line third against a tough field in the 800 with a 2:21.57 clocking.

Lorencz and Katie Habeck both provided scoring doubles while achieving personal bests in the field events. Lorencz used her best jump of the season to place third in the triple jump and chipped in a fourth-place effort in the high jump. Habeck threw the shot put 36-9 for third place and tacked on a seventh-place discus performance thanks to a season-best spin of 105 feet.

Haley Luhman also achieved a personal best in the pole vault where her vault of nine feet earned sixth place.

The Tigers compete again tonight at the section meet at Lakeville South.