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Farmington cross country: Tiger runners open at Classic

The Farmington boys and girls cross country team both improved upon last year’s fifth-place finishes Friday at the Dakota County Classic in Eagan.

The boys team tied Lakeville South for second place after each scored 77 points, but lost a tiebreaker and settled for third in the nine-team field. The Tiger girls placed fourth with 103 points.

Returning state track and cross country qualifier Justin Hyytinen was the highest individual place-winner for Farmington. He earned third place out of 62 runners in the two-mile race with a time of 10 minutes, 25 seconds. Returning state 3,200 champion Obsa Ali of Richfield, coming off a state-record time of 8:57 three months ago at Hamline University, jogged to first place in 10:04. Zack Benning of Hastings, fourth in the state 3,200 last spring, was second in 10:06.

Two Farmington sophomore runners finished just outside of the top 10. Alex Hart was 12th in 11:00 and newcomer Devon Webb was 13th in 11:03.

Seniors Hunter Sevenich and Sean Dougherty provided the final two scoring runs. Sevenich was 24th in 11:32 and Dougherty 25th in 11:36.

Matt Anderson (47th, 12:19) and Ryan Newton (51st, 12:32) also competed in the varsity race.

The Farmington girls were led by seventh-grader Lauren Peterson’s ninth-place time of 12:18.

Returning state qualifier Maricia Pacheco was 15th in 12:46 and junior Sofia Chadwick placed 23rd in 13:11.

Maricella Pacheco cut about 90 seconds off her time of a year ago to place 27th in 13:32 and freshman Sami Hyytinen rounded out the top five with a 29th-place time of 13:38.

Seventh-grader Anna Palodichuk (35th) and Sarah Cummings (42nd) also ran for the Tigers, who compete again tomorrow at the Faribault Invitational.