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Hanson soars for Farmington boys track

Farmington senior Sam Hanson clears the bar during Saturday's high jump finals at the Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South. Hanson qualified for his first state meet with a jump of 6-4.

Sam Hanson lived up to his status as the top seed in the high jump at last weekend's Section 1AA Championships.

Hanson, who entered with the best jump in the field after clearing a school-record 6 feet, 7 inches at Farmington's first outdoor meet of the season in early April, captured the section title with a jump of 6-4 Saturday afternoon at Lakeville South. The senior will serve as the Tigers' lone representative at the Class 2A State Meet this weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul where his section jump ranks in a tie for 11th among qualifiers.

Farmington finished 10th out of 15 teams with 26 points. Rosemount blew away the field with 178 points, distancing itself from runner-up Owatonna by 95 points.

The Tigers scored points in just four other individual events, led by Tyler Grubb's scoring double in the sprints. The senior placed sixth in the 100 in 11.53 seconds and fourth in the 200 in 23.41 before coming back to join Zach Wyatt, Tyler Lerbakken and Tanner Grubb for a fifth-place time of 3:32.72 in the 4x400.

All four of Farmington's relays found some success. The 4x100 and 4x200 relays each scored one point by placing eighth and the 4x800 ran a season-best time.

Wyatt added a seventh-place leap in the high jump and John Schimmel took seventh against a strong field in the shot put with a toss of 51-8 1/4.

Tanner Grubb and senior Tyler Beckett each ran personal bests to reach the finals before placing ninth in the 400 and 300 hurdles, respectively.

"We had a great section meet for the boys this year when looking at personal achievements," said Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter, who went on to mention impressive non-placing performances from freshman Reid Taubenheim in the pole vault and senior Carl Elmer in the 1,600.

"For our young guys competing, this was a great experience. All of them saw they could compete and what a few years and a lot of hard work will get them if they are dedicated and work hard year-round."