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Girls track and field: Tigers, Irish battle for third

The Farmington and Rosemount girls track teams proved to be pretty evenly matched in their first official meeting of the year last Tuesday at the Wildcat Invitational in Eagan.

The Tigers placed third at the 10-team meet with 65 points, just two points behind third-place Eastview and one ahead of fifth-place Rosemount’s 64. Lakeville South outscored Eagan 170-152 for the team title.

“It was a great opportunity for the ladies to compare themselves to some of the best teams in the state and see where they ranked,” Farmington coach Tom Hart said. “We ran decent races, but we do need to get faster and jump higher and longer, and throw further, if we want to compete in those championship meets at the end of the season.”

Distance runner Lauren Peterson paced Farmington with a pair of personal-best times. She won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 32.81 seconds and added a second-place 5:17.89 clocking in the 1,600. Also placing second was Alicia Hett, who completed the 800 in 2:26.10.

Hett, Sofia Chadwick, Maricia Pacheco and Morgan Mach combined to pace the Tiger relay teams with a third-place finish. The 4x200 was fourth, 4x400 fifth and 4x100 sixth.

Jordan Walls and Ashley Ellefson supplied a 4-6 finish in the pole vault. Fifth-place finishes were achieved by Emma Record in the 200 and Destiny Schmitz in the high jump. Aly Grebner was sixth in the discus and Megan Graham reached the finish line seventh in the 400.

Rosemount made up some ground on the Tigers in the relays, turning in a pair of runner-up finishes, a third-place finish and a fifth-place finish. In the 4x100, Marisa Knott, Josie French, Kailey Askew and Arianna Passeri combined for a runner-up time of 51.34 seconds. The 4x400 foursome of Morgan Lawler, Jennifer Busho, Madison Schroeder and Liz Evenocheck closed out the meet by placing second in 4:10.70.

French added three individual place-winning performances, as well. She was third in the triple jump, fifth in the 100 and eighth in the high jump.

In the 100 hurdles, the Irish got a scoring double from Rachel Schow (second) and Renae Otto (sixth). Lawler chipped in with a third-place run in the 200 and fourth-place finishes were turned in by Sydney Hansen in the 800 and Evenocheck in the 1,600.