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Cross Country: Tigers triumph at Pine Island

Another week of training and the move from the Applejack Invitational to the Pine Island Invitational allowed the Farmington boys cross country team to go from last place to first place in a span of two meets.

After finishing 14th out of 14 teams despite running well at the competitive Applejack Invitational in Lakeville, the Tigers placed all seven of their runners in the top 17 en route to a 40-63 victory over runner-up Rochester Lourdes Thursday at Pine Island.

Junior Jordan Lugowski led the pack for the Tigers, coming in fourth out of 98 runners on the 5,000-meter course in a personal-best time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds. Lugowski, like all of his teammates, improved his time significantly from the previous meet.

"Jordan Lugowski ran 17:59 last week and ran 17:15 this week. Amazing, this was how all the boys were," Farmington coach Lisa Lippold said. "They are definitely feeling their training working and we are looking forward to what the next weeks will bring."

Lugowski was the first of three straight Farmington runners to cross the finish line. Dan Block came in fifth in 17:22 and Adam Wallenta followed five seconds later in sixth place.

Jake Rudeen was close behind, coming in 10th in 17:29.

Another pack of three Tiger runners reached the finish about 30 seconds later. Tyler Lerbakken earned 15th place with a time of 17:56, Tanner Grubb placed 16th in 18:01 and Caleb Eiffert took 17th in 18:04.

The Farmington girls also saw their times improve during a third-place team finish in the tightly-contested girls portion of the meet.

The Tigers placed all seven runners in the top 25 and scored 58 points to place third out of eight teams. United South Central topped Rochester Lourdes, 41-56, for the team title.

Freshman Sofia Chadwick once again led the Tigers, placing sixth in the 4,000-meter race in a time of 15:37. Teammate Maria Kiminski was next to cross the finish line in a time of 15:51.

"Chadwick and Kiminski continue to be consistently strong finishers for Farmington, and their times continually improve as the season goes on," Farmington girls coach Heidi Revels said. "Their hard work is paying off."

Maricia Pacheco was the next FHS finisher, coming in 11th in 16:16. Victoria Jacoby reached the finish line 12 seconds later in 13th place.

Alexis Johnson (21st, 17:00), Sarah Cummings (23rd, 17:03) and Maricella Pacheco (24th, 17:05) also competed for the Tigers.

Both the Tiger boys and girls teams are back in action Saturday when they will make their first appearances at the Swain Invitational.