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Girls track: Three events heading to Hamline

From 2005 to 2007, the Farmington girls track team didn't qualify a single event for the Class 2A State Meet.

But in the last three years, it's become commonplace to see Tiger athletes competing alongside other top performers in the section and earning their place on the Hamline University track.

A program-record four events made the trip to state last year and the Tigers followed that up by qualifying three events for state at last Saturday's Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South High School.

"We always want more events as coaches, but qualifying for the state meet in Minnesota is quite an accomplishment," Farmington head coach Tom Hart said. "I think this is one of the tougher accomplishments compared to our surrounding states."

Alyssa Parco will represent Farmington in two events. The sophomore, who finished 17th after stumbling over a hurdle in the 300 hurdles at last season's state meet, will once again compete at state in the event after easily winning the section meet in a time of 46.86 seconds.

"Alyssa Parco has a great shot in the 300 hurdles," Hart said. "She has experience at this meet, and her day will not be as full so she can really go after her race."

Parco will run in the 300 hurdle prelims Friday at 11:25 a.m., about an hour after she joins teammates Erin Hickey, Amy Kiminski and Maria Kiminski for the 4x200-meter relay prelims. The foursome qualified for the state meet by winning the section in a time of 1:43.59 that was just one-tenth of a second off of the section record for the event set by Owatonna in 2007.

The time ranks 10th out of the 14 state-qualifying teams.

"Our 4x200 hopes to drop their time again, and if we do we can challenge for being on the podium," Hart said.

Also representing the Tigers at the state meet will be first-time qualifier Nadia Lorencz. The freshman placed second at the section meet in the long jump with a leap of 16-11 3/4 that ranks her 12th out of 18 qualifiers.

"Nadia just needs to bring her explosiveness and the rest will take care of itself," Hart said.

The Class 2A State Meet gets under way tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Hamline University track in St. Paul.

Tigers finish fifth

The Tigers continued their string of above-average finishes in the section team standings with a fifth-place showing against the field of 15 teams on Saturday. Ten top-10 finishes resulted in 54 team points. The Tigers were fourth in the section last season and sixth in 2008.

Lakeville North outscored Lakeville South, 109-100, for the team title. Rochester Mayo was third with 86 points and Rosemount placed fourth with 85 points.

The Tigers came up short of state qualifications in two relays as the 4x400 placed second and the 4x100 earned third. The same foursome that qualified for state in the 4x200 combined on a 4:06.81 clocking in the 4x400 that ended up five seconds past the qualifying standard.

In the 4x100, Hickey, Lorencz, Jessica Arey and Lauren McHenry teamed up for a 51.78 clocking that was just over two seconds from a state berth.

Arey also just missed an individual state berth in the 300 hurdles, where her fourth-place time of 48.27 was just over two seconds slow.

Lorencz finished seventh in the triple jump and Hickey tacked on a 10th-place effort in the long jump.

Amy Kiminksi finished fifth in the 200 and Maria Kiminski picked up eighth in the 800.

Farmington also got personal bests from Courtney Johnson in the 400, Jordan Bridges in the high jump and Haley Luhman and Taylor Just in the pole vault.