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Boys track & field: FHS 4x400 ends section in style

The Farmington boys track team saved its best for last at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships.

None of the team's events had finished any higher than third before the 4x400 relay team raced around the track in 3 minutes, 29.58 seconds in the meet's final event to grab second place and earn a spot in this weekend's Class 2A State Meet.

The foursome of junior Tyler Lerbakken, senior Chad Retterath, sophomore Tanner Grubb and junior Thomas Weigel will make its first appearance at Hamline University when the 4x400 prelims get under way tomorrow afternoon.

"Obviously I am very excited and pumped for these guys this week. They will run faster (at state) as Tanner (Grubb) has only had a half a season of training, so each week will get him faster. The other three are competitors," Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. "I didn't think a 3:29 was going to make it to state, but we had a horrible handoff that would take two or three seconds off, which is what we are going to need to make it to the finals."

Retterath and Lerbakken also teamed up with Eric Stoeckmann and Justin Hyytinen for a third-place time of 8:23.64 in the 4x800. The 4x200 team of Weigel, Grubb, Jack Erickson and Troy Hoffman added a season-best time of 1:32.62 to come in fifth.The Tigers' highest individual finishes were a pair of third-places. Hyytinen was third behing two seniors in the 1,600 and Grubb was third as the only sophomore in the 400 final. Lerbakken added a sixth-place finish in the 400, Reid Taubenheim was eighth in the pole vault and Weigel came in 11th in the 200.

The Tigers placed ninth out of 14 teams with 34 points. Rochester Mayo outscored Lakeville South 128-103 for the team title.