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Cross country: Both Farmington teams 5th at Dakota Classic

Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams moved up to grab fifth place at last Friday's season-opening Dakota Classic in Eagan.

The boys moved up from seventh at last year's meet, scoring 108 points to finish 11 off the pace of third-place teams Eagan and Lakeville South.

With returning letterwinner Dan Block absent, a pair of first-time varsity runners led the charge. Sophomore Justin Hyytinen completed the two-mile course in 10 minutes, 41 seconds to earn a fourth-place medal and freshman Alex Hart was 15th in 11:20.

A trio of seniors provided the team's other three counting scores. Adam Wallenta was 22nd in 11:25, followed by Tyler Lerbakken in 27th in 11:37 and Clayton Webb in 40th in 12:13.

Caleb Eiffert (42nd) and newcomer Santana Perdomo (12:32) also competed.

"The boys had a good start to the season," second-year coach Lisa Lippold said. "It's nice to see that we are going to be right in the mix of competition this year."

The Tiger girls also finished comfortably in the middle of the pack, moving up five spots from last year to score a fifth-place total of 141 points. Eastview was eight points better in fourth.

"We are starting out stronger than ever this year," Farmington girls coach Heidi Revels said.

Junior Maricia Pacheco led the team with a 15th-place time of 12:40 on the two-mile course that topped her time on the same course last season by 74 seconds.

No. 2 runner Sofia Chadwick also cut over 30 seconds from last year, placing 19th in 12:58.

Maria Kiminski was 24th in 13:06, followed by Alexis Johnson, who was 39th in 13:43, and eighth-grader Sami Hyytinen, who showed some promise with a 44th-place time of 13:58 in her first varsity race.

Sarah Cummings (47th) and Maricella Pacheco (54th) also competed.

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow afternoon at the Faribault Invite.