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Girls cross country: Tiger girls move up at Chaska meet

The Farmington girls cross country team had five runners turn in personal-record times as it moved up five spots in the team standings at last Tuesday’s Victoria Lions Invitational in Chaska.

The Tigers finished eighth out of 21 teams with 246 points. Lakeville South placed five runners in the top 18 to top runner-up Chanhassen, 63-101.

Seventh-grader Lauren Peterson once again led the Tigers, placing 15th out of 146 runners with a time of 15 minutes, 21 seconds on the 4,000-meter course at the Chaska Par 3 Golf Course. Senior teammate Maricia Pacheco was just three seconds behind with a 19th-place finish and a personal-best time of 15:24.

The next three Farmington runners reached the finish in a 16-second span. Anna Palodichuk placed 64th in 16:21, Sofia Chadwick was 68th in 16:27 and Maricella Pacheco was 68th in 16:37.

“Over the last couple of weeks we have started to clock and figure out how to use each other on the course to push ourselves and each other,” Farmington coach Heidi Revels said. “This will definitely be to their advantage as we go into conference and sections. The overall spread of 1:16 between the top five runners is also looking good, and we will continue to work on lowering that number to under one minute. I’m very proud of our small Tigers cross country team!”

Sami Hyytinen added an 88th-place time of 16:51 for the Tigers and Emma Schaffer was 101st in 17:12.

Justin Hyytinen paced the Tiger boys with another medal-winning performance at Chaska. The junior ran a second-place time of 15:56, holding off Hutchinson’s No. 2 runner by one second to earn the silver medal. Hutchinson’s Isaiah Barlow pulled away from the field with a time of 15:33.

Stillwater defeated Eden Prairie 76-104 in the team race. Farmington was 13th out of 22 teams with 279 points.

Alex Hart once again served as the team’s No. 2 runner. He was 41st with a time of 17:07.

The rest of the Tiger scorers finished in a tight pack. Devin Webb was 77th in 17:44, followed by Sean Dougherty in 79th at 17:47 and Hunter Sevenich in 80th with a time of 17:49.

Matt Anderson (118th, 18:34) and Jackson Schneider (134th, 19:04) rounded out the varsity lineup.

The Tigers continued their busy schedule with a trip to Engler Park in Duluth for the Swain Invitational Saturday.

The girls finished 12th out of 25 teams, while the boys ran with a shuffled lineup and placed 22nd out of 26 teams on the hilly course.

Justin Hyytinen stayed in the lineup for the Tiger boys and finished fourth out of 170 runners with a time of 16:42. Anderson, Schneider, Peyton Woller, Derek Cole, Josh Grimm and Zach Teiken filled out the varsity lineup.

On the girls side, Peterson and Pacheco once again set the pace up front. Peterson placed 13th in 16:09 and Pacheco was close behind with a 21st-place time of 16:42.

Chadwick was third for the team and 94th overall in 18:19. Hyytinen followed in 95th with a time of 18:19.2 and Schaffer was 98th in 18:21. Palodichuk (99th, 18:22) and Maricella Pacheco (102nd, 18:23) completed the Tiger pack.

The Tigers competed in their third meet in eight days Tuesday at Shakopee and begin championship season next Tuesday with the Missota Conference Championships at Cedar Farms in New Prague.