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Track and field: Tigers set indoor bests at Northfield

Farmington’s Lauren Peterson runs to first place and a record time in the 1,600 at Saturday’s scrimmage in Northfield.1 / 2
Farmington’s Jeff Gutierrez runs a leg of the 4x800 during Saturday’s scrimmage in Northfield.2 / 2

What amounted to a warm-up for the upcoming season yielded some promising results for the Farmington track teams Saturday in Northfield.

The Tigers, running with incomplete squads in both the boys and girls portions of the meet, set three new school records in the six-team scrimmage at the Tostrud Center Fieldhouse at St. Olaf College. Teams from Burnsville, Richfield, Henry Sibley, Minneapolis South and Trinity also competed.

Devon Webb, a returning state qualifier for the Tigers, opened the season by breaking the school’s indoor 800 record by over five seconds with a time of 2 minutes, 5.4 seconds.

On the girls side, state cross country qualifier Lauren Peterson picked up where she left off last fall, winning the 1,600 in a school indoor record time of 5:36. Teammate Morgan Mach added a school indoor record time of 2:41 in the 800.

Both the boys 4x200 and 4x400 just missed setting new indoor marks. Jack Erickson, Mason Gaylord and Tanner Grubb combined with Mason Auge for a time of 1:35 in the 4x2, just three-tenths of a second off the school’s indoor mark. In the 4x4, Erickson, Gaylord, Grubb and Nehemiah Rockett turned in a 3:40 clocking that was two seconds off the Tigers’ best-ever indoor time. Grubb anchored the relays with splits of 22.5 and 51.96, respectively.

The team’s second 4x400 unit also had a good showing. Justin Hyytinen, Jared Wolt, Alex Hart and Webb combined on a time of 3:42 in its first outing of the season.

“As always, there’s room for improvement, but they competed, they worked on form, and they ran hard,” Farmington boys coach Brian Helmstetter said.

Other noteworthy performances included matching times of 7.2 from Auge and Robin DeCastro in the 55-meter dash, Gaylord’s 38-6 in the triple jump, Hart’s 5:02 1,600, Jacob Earp’s 18-4 leap in the long jump and Amanda Flanscha’s 14-1 in her first-ever long jump.

“The ladies performed pretty well at St. Olaf. We had about half of our veterans there and the other half it was their first high school meet,” FHS girls coach Tom Hart said. “It was just great to compete and see the kids striving for their best.”

The Tigers sent another group to Tuesday’s indoor scrimmage at St. Thomas. They will bring a full squad to Saturday’s scored Border Battle indoor meet at River Falls, Wis.