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Girls track: Lorenz, Ferm lead FHS team to third place

The Farmington girls were a late addition to the 14-team field and ended up making their presence felt Saturday at the All-American Invitational in River Falls.

The Tigers had several high finishes and placed third as a team in their final indoor meet of the spring.

Returning state 100 hurdles and long jump champion Nadia Lorencz competed for the first time this season and placed in three events for the Tigers. She was second in the 55 hurdles and long jump and third behind teammate Izzie Ferm in the triple jump.

Ferm was second in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet, 1 inch, and joined Maria Kiminski, Alicia Hett and Megan Graham for a first-place time of 4:11.29 in the 4x400 relay. Ferm added a fast leadoff leg in the 4x200 and Kiminski led the team with a 1:03.32 clocking in the open 400.

Other season-best times came from Alex Frost and Sofia Chadwick in the 800, and from all four runners in the 4x800 relay.

"We saw a lot of good teams and some very fast competitors," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "Overall, our team did pretty well."

The Farmington boys placed 12th out of 14 teams, but had a couple of first-place finishes.

The 4x800 relay of Justin Hyytinen, Tyler Lerbakken, Devon Webb and Eric Stoeckman opened the meet with a first-place finish that was just off the pace of the meet record. Hyytinen came back to match his best time of a season ago while claiming first place in the 3,200 in 10:01.

"Our team points were low as we didn't have many events finish in the top eight, but I am happy with the performances of the boys that came on the bus and experienced a top of the line meet," boys coach Brian Helmstetter said. "The boys that came competed hard and got a good taste of the speed they will face at the big meets this season."

The Tigers saw some of that speed in the 4x200 relay where the foursome of Lerbakken, Alex Chadwick, Mason Gaylord and Mason Auge overcame a bad handoff to place high with a time of 1:37.51.

Gaylord added a triple jump of 38-1 and teammate Sean McHenry turned in a personal-best of 37-11, along with a long jump of 18 feet.

The Tigers also sent their full squad to Shakopee for an outdoor scrimmage last Thursday. Highlights included Auge's sweep of the 100 and 200 and Dan Berg's performances in the 110 hurdles and high jump.

On the girls' side, coach Hart used the meet as an opportunity to evaluate some of his first-year runners.

"We were able to get a good look at a lot of newcomers and freshmen and there were many good performances, so I?look forward to what they are going to bring to our team," he said.

Weather permitting, the Tiger boys will have their first official outdoor meet this afternoon at St. Thomas Academy. The girls are scheduled to travel to Shakopee.