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Boys track: Hanson raises the bar for the Tigers

Farmington senior Sam Hanson clears the bar at 6 feet, 7 inches during last week's meet at St. Thomas Academy. The leap set a new school record.

Sam Hanson's senior season is off to a flying start.

At the first indoor meet of the season, Hanson tied the school's indoor record with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches. He bested that by five inches at Thursday's first outdoor meet at St. Thomas Academy, soaring to a jump of 6-7 that broke the school record previously held by Nick Rechtzigel, who cleared 6-5 in 2004.

Woodbury outscored St. Thomas Academy 90-57 for the team title at the triangular. Farmington settled for scoring 49 points as head coach Brian Helmstetter spent the meet watching many of his 88 athletes compete for the first time.

"The goal for the night was to get all of our new athletes introduced to track and field. We have 88 boys out for track and field and over half are new this year which means there was a lot of nervous and anxious boys at the meet," Helmstetter said. "It was a success and the boys had fun cheering each other on and getting acquainted with the pace of a varsity meet."

Two other Tigers joined Hanson as first-place finishers. Justin Hett leaped 17-10 to win the long jump and veteran thrower John Schimmel claimed the top spot in the shot put and a third-place finish in the discus.

Other top-three finishes were turned in by Zach Wyatt in the triple jump, Tyler Lerbakken and Eric Stoeckman in the 800, Charlie Wicks in the 100 and Jake Rudeen in the 1,600.

Fourth-place finishes were provided by Tyler Beckett in the 110 high hurdles, Mason Gaylord in the triple jump, Jeff Hansen in the 400 and Carl Elmer in the 1,600.

The Tigers also filled out multiple teams for all four relays, giving Helmestetter a chance to see a lot of athletes compete. Among the top performers were Hanson, Wicks, CJ Record, Mason Auge and newcomers Alex Chadwick and Darren Beenken.

"Everyone got a chance to get a time or a mark down on paper which brings new meaning to practice and future meets now that they have a new personal record to shoot for," Helmstetter said. "All four relays are wide open at this point which will make practice even more competitive. We are definitely lacking experience, but the upperclassmen are doing a great job of leading the rookies and helping them get their feet wet, which means the rest of the season has some potential. These guys get after it."

Tigers 3rd at indoor

The Tigers wrapped up their indoor season with a trip to River Falls Saturday and finished third in a triangular against Missota Conference teams Shakopee and Holy Angels.

"Shakopee, a definite preseason favorite for the conference, proved it Saturday night. We have about the same numbers, but the majority of their numbers are in their senior and junior classes where Farmington's is in the freshmen and sophomore classes," Helmstetter said. "With that said, we had a lot of our younger guys competing against their upperclassmen and doing well."

Three athletes scored first-place finishes: Schimmel in the shot put, Wyatt in the high jump and Trevor Breezley in the 800.

Record placed second in the 55-meter dash and Albert Obnamia and Elmer tacked in third-place finishes in the vault and 1,200, respectively.

Hanson, Wicks and Tyler Grubb sat out the meet with injuries, but are expected to compete tomorrow when the Tigers travel to Lakeville North for the Mega Meet. Events begin at 3:30 p.m.