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Boys track: Relays rule at section meet

Farmington's Tanner Grubb carries the baton down the home straightaway during the 4x200 relay at the Section 1AA Championships Saturday at Lakeville South. The Tigers qualified for state in three relays and tied for second as a team.

The Farmington boys track team was at its best in the relays at Saturday's Section 1AA Championships.

The Tigers took a pair of section titles and qualified three of their relays for this weekend's Class 2A state meet while placing in a tie for second as a team with 70 points at Lakeville South.

Rochester Century won the meet with 82 points and Owatonna matched Farmington's 70.

Justin Hyytinen ran legs of both of the Tigers' championship relays, and stepped away to claim the team's lone individual state qualification with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 23.58 seconds that was good enough for second place in the 1,600. Hyytinen opened the meet by joining Tyler Lerbakken, Devon Webb and Jared Wolt for a season-best time of 8:03.80 in easily winning the 4x800. Hyytinen, Lerbakken, Tommy Weigel and Tanner Grubb came back to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:28.14.

The Tigers' 4x800 time is the third fastest entering the state meet. Hyytinen ranks 10th in the 1,600.

The 4x200 also earned a state berth with a second-place time of 1:30.79 that was just 11-hundredths of a second off the pace of first-place Winona. Weigel, Grubb, Ryan Parco and Mason Auge competed in the relay.

Lerbakken and Wolt just missed qualifying for state individually. Lerbakken placed third in the 400 with a time of 51.81 and Wolt was third in the 800 in 1:59.82. Webb, a freshman, qualified for the 800 finals, but settled for ninth place.

Hurdle specialist Nehemiah Rockett provided another scoring double for the Tigers. He placed fourth in the 300 hurdles in a personal-best time of 40.83 and came in fifth in the 110 highs in 16.01.

Auge added a sixth-place time of 11.46 in the 100 finals.

Dan Berg was the team's highest field event finisher, placing seventh in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. Teammate Wyatt Ferm cleared 5-10 to earn ninth.

Eighth-place finishes came from Connor Phu in the pole vault and Jacob Earp in the long jump. CJ Wynings was ninth in the discus and Tanner Thode placed ninth in the shot put.

The Class 2A state meet gets under way tomorrow afternoon at Hamline University in St. Paul.