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Cross country: Block leads boys to seventh, girls take 10th in Eagan

Farmington finished seventh in alum Lisa Lippold's debut as head coach Friday at the Dakota County Invitational in Eagan.

Lakeville South won the nine-team meet, beating runner-up Eastview, 60-74. Eagan (91), Hill-Murray (103), New Prague (116) and Hastings (126) finished ahead of the Tigers, who scored 166 points.

Sophomore Dan Block led the way for the Orange and Black, placing 23rd out of 77 runners with a 3,200-meter time of 11 minutes, 29 seconds. Teammate Adam Wallenta came in 10 seconds later in 29th place, followed by Caleb Eiffert (36th, 11:53), Patrick Sunderman (38th, 11:54) and Jordan Lugowski (40th, 11:55) in the team's top five.

Jake Rudeen added a 45th-place time of 12:07 and Jordan Marcell was 57th in 12:55.

On the girls side, the young Tigers came in 10th out of 11 teams with 244 points.

Lakeville South defeated Eagan, 35-64, for the team title.

Returning letter-winner Maria Kiminski was the top Farmington finisher, completing the race in 13:18 to place 31st out of 73 runners. Sofia Chadwick, one of four freshmen in the starting lineup, was close behind in 37th place.

The rest of the lineup finished over a minute behind Chadwick. Eighth-grader Maricella Pacheco finished 54th in 14:34, Victoria Jacoby came in 57th in 14:37 and Alexis Johnson was 65th in 14:44.

Sarah Cummings (66th, 14:53) and senior Marissa Stewart (67th, 14:59) also competed in the varsity race.

Returning varsity scorer Maricia Pacheco ran a time of 13:54 to place 11th in the JV race. She is still recovering from a stress fracture that shortened her track season this spring.

The Tigers compete again tomorrow when they travel to Alexander North Park for the Faribault Invitational.