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Boys track and field: Hyytinen, Grubb, Rockett win events for second-place Tigers

Three runners picked up individual titles while leading the Farmington boys track team to second place out of seven teams at last Tuesday’s Wildcat Invitational in Eagan.

The Tigers couldn’t match team champion Apple Valley’s 160 points, but pulled away from third place by 40 with 129 ½ points.

Distance runner Justin Hyytinen cruised to a 30-second margin of victory in the 3,200, running a personal-best time of 9:25.01. Teammate Tanner Grubb was equally dominant in the 400, clocking in at 50.99 to take first place, and Nehemiah Rockett bested the field in the 300 hurdles with a 40.92 clocking.

Rockett also placed second in the 110 hurdles, leaped to fourth in the triple jump and joined Grubb for a second-place run in the 4x400 relay. Grubb tacked on a fourth-place individual run in the 200.

Another solid day for the Tigers in the relays also included a second-place finish in the 4x800 (Adam Dougherty, Alex Hart, Jared Wolt, Devon Webb), a third-place effort in the 4x200 and a fourth-place showing in the 4x100.

Mason Auge and Jack Erickson ran legs of the sprint relays and added a 5-6 finish in the 100. Fellow sprinter Ryan Parco was sixth in the 200 and fourth in the long jump.

Another individual scoring double came from Wyatt Ferm, who cleared 6-2 for second in the high jump and 12 feet for second in the pole vault. Teammate Garrett Haugen was sixth.

Other Farmington placewinners on the track were Sean Dougherty in the 1,600 (3rd, 4:43.83), Devon Webb (4th, 2:04.04) and Jared Wolt (6th, 2:06.23) in the 800 and Hart in the 3,200 (5th, 10:28).

In the throws, CJ Wynings and Brendan King paced the Tigers with a 3-4 finish in the discus. Shot putters Tanner Thode, Alex Swearingen and Josh Patterson finished 3-4-5.