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Track and field: FHS freshman boys win conference

Monday night was a promising one for the future of Farmington track and field.

The Farmington freshman boys team placed first and the girls team second at the Missota Conference Ninth-Grade Championships in Shakopee. The boys team racked up 192 points, outscoring runner-up Chanhassen by 60, and the girls finished behind only New Prague while scoring 114 1/2 points.

Justin Hyytinen and Ryan Parco were part of three of the boys' six first-place finishes. He swept the 800 and 1,600 and joined Parco, Luis Rodriguez and Nehemiah Rockett for a first-place showing in the 4x400 relay that set a new freshman school record.

Parco added an individual gold in the 200 and teamed up with Matt Olund, Tanner Thode and Tyler Thronson to win the 4x200 in convincing fashion. Parco also sailed to third in the long jump and Thronson was second in the 100.

Thode added a second first-place finish in the shot put with a freshman school-record toss of 41 feet, 8 1/2 inches. Teammate Michael Husnik also broke the record and finished second. Jake Roepke added a freshman school record in the discus while placing second.

Rockett added runner-up showings in both hurdle races and Zach Steffen placed second in the 3,200.

The Tiger girls got victories from Alexis Johnson in the 1,600, Jordan Walls in the long jump, Megan Graham in the 400 and the 4x400 relay team of Graham, Madison Bowe, Alicia Hett and MacKenzie Vermeire.

Jennifer Miller was right behind Graham in second place in the 400 and also she also crossed the line second in the 200. The 4x400 and 4x800 relays also garnered runner-up honors.