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FHS track teams gain experience at St. Olaf

The Farmington boys and girls track teams didn't have to wait long to face some competition. They followed up the first week of practice with an indoor scrimmage at St. Olaf College Saturday in Northfield.

No official results were kept, but returning state runner-up Nadia Lorencz was likely among the leaders with her long jump of 16 feet, 1 1/2 inch and her 55 hurdles time of 8.47 seconds. She also ran the first leg of a 4x200 that also included Destiny Schmitz, Kelli Elmer and returning state qualifier Izzie Ferm. Ferm brought the baton home in a team-best split of 27.64 seconds.

Ferm also ran a 62.89 split in the 4x400 relay, which also featured Maria Kiminski, Alexis Johnson and Megan Graham. Kiminski chipped in a 64.48 opening 400 and a team-best 2:34 split in the 4x800 relay.

"I had some of my returning athletes, but also a lot of new athletes that are ninth grade and younger competing," coach Tom Hart said. "It was good experience for our new athletes, and a chance to see where everybody is at and where we need to improve. It was a great sixth day of practice last week."

Other top finishers on the girls side were Alysha Grebner in the shot put (28-6), Schmitz in the high jump (4-10), Kathryn Beckett in the triple jump (29-6), Alex Frost in the 1,600 (6:18) and Sarah Cummings in the 3,200 (14:11).

Some of the performances of note for boys coach Brian Helmstetter were the 400 and 800 relay legs of Tyler Lerbakken, the 1,600 times turned in by Jake Rudeen and Justin Hyytenin, the 55 dashes turned In by Jack Erickson and Alex Chadwick, the 55 hurdles run by Dan Berg and the shot put toss of CJ Wynings.

"It was nice to get the first meet out of the way for our young runners and get some times on paper so they can focus on improving them," Helmstetter said. "We are excited to see where the season can take us. Over 100 guys have signed up for track and field this year, so who knows who will surprise us."

Both Farmington teams ran another indoor meet Wednesday at St. Thomas in preparation for the outoor opener against Burnsville and Shakopee Tuesday, April 3, at Tiger Stadium.

"We had a lot of guys on spring break these two indoor meets, so I am excited to see all the guys together at our home meet in two weeks,"?Helmstetter said.