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Girls track and field: Jumps stand out at Missota Relays

The jumping events belonged to Farmington in the girls portion of the Missota Conference Relays last Tuesday in Shakopee.

The Tigers won the high jump, long jump and triple jump while placing fifth in the eight-team meet with 122 points. Chanhassen topped host Shakopee 170-158 for the team title. In the relay meet format, all track events are run as four-runner relays and each team's top three field event finishes are combined.

The threesome of Nadia Lorencz, Izzie Ferm and Alyssa Parco, all returning All-State performers, set a new conference relay meet record in the long jump, combining to soar 48 feet, five inches in the long jump. That beat the previous record by over a foot and topped second-place Northfield by nearly five feet.

Lorencz and Ferm joined Kathryn Beckett to win the triple jump with a combined distance of 100 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

In the high jump, Aly Grebner, Bekah Lippert and Kelsey Lindell combined to clear 14 feet, two inches.

The Tigers' only win on the track came in the 4x400. Ferm's blazing 58-second anchor leg brought the relay in with a time of 4:08.89, just under six seconds ahead of runner-up Chaska. Parco and freshmen Alicia Hett and Megan Graham rounded out the relay.

The 800 sprint medley and 1,600 sprint medley also earned top-four finishes. Graham and Jennifer Miller teamed up with Ferm and Hett for third place in the 1,600 sprint medley and Graham, Kelli Elmer, Elizabeth Okikiolu and Courtney Johnston placed fourth in the 800 sprint medley.

The Tigers returned to Shakopee last Thursday and competed in what amounted to a practice meet as athletes were given the opportunity to try some new events.

Lorencz took a break from the hurdles and instead placed first in the 100 (13.10) and high jump (5-0). Other first-place finishes went to Ashley Durbin in the 300 hurdles, Sarah Cummings in the 3,200 and the 4x200 relay.

Runner-up showings came from the 4x800 relay, Maricella Pacheco in the 3,200, Abby Haugen in the pole vault, Maricia Pacheco in the 1,600 and Alex Frost in the 800.

The team was back in action Tuesday at the True Team section meet in Rochester.