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Tiger track teams share victory lap at Foley Classic

Winning the Pat Foley Classic doesn’t mean much, but the Farmington boys and girls track teams got to celebrate with a victory lap just the same.

The trophy from the three-team get together is chosen by a random draw of the 36 boys and girls events. The Farmington boys placed first in the 200 thanks to Jack Erickson’s 23.49 clocking, and that gave the Tigers the win over Northfield and Rochester John Marshall last Thursday at Carleton College in Northfield.

“It was fun to see the boys and girls do a victory lap together,” Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said.

In addition to providing some fun, the meet also gave Helmstetter and girls coach Tom Hart one last chance to evaluate and fine-tune their lineups heading into the Missota Conference and Section 1AA meets.

“We figured out a few things tonight,” Helmstetter said. “We’re looking forward to next week. “Our job for next week is to have multiple athletes on each event’s podium. When we get a second or third guy getting points, that is what helps get your team in the top three. I believe the top three is a legitimate goal and if you put yourself in that position, good things can happen.”

The Tiger boys put themselves in good position last Thursday by winning 11 of 18 events. Tanner Grubb was part of three of those victories, claiming the 100, 400 and 4x200. In the 4x2, he combined with Erickson, Mason Auge and Ryan Parco for a season-best time.

Grubb and Parco led a 1-2-3-4 Farmington finish in the 400 and Justin Hyytinen took a break from the distance races to win the 800, where he set a new school record with a time of 1:56.01. Hyytinen, Devon Webb, Alex Hart, Jared Wolt and Sean Dougherty gave the Tigers five in the top six in that event.

The Tigers completed a sweep of the sprint relays with victories in the 4x100 and 4x400. Other individual first-place efforts came from Jeff Gutierrez in the 3,200 (personal-best 10:43), Nehemiah Rockett in the 110 hurdles, Zach Herrera in the high jump (personal-best 5-6), Sean McHenry in the long jump (personal-best 19-8) and Mason Gaylord in the triple jump.

The Farmington girls won six events, including the 200 where Samantha Kramer led a 1-2-3-4 Tiger finish with a time of 28.73 seconds.

Other top finishers were Jordan Walls in the 100 hurdles, Leah Kiage in the 300 hurdles, Destiny Schmitz in the high jump, Izzie Ferm in the triple jump and Ferm, Jennifer Miller, Kelli Elmer and Morgan Cecchettini in the 4x200 relay.

Placing second were Alicia Hett in the 800, Lauren Petersen in the 3,200, Kaitlyn Besler in the high jump and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

The Missota Conference Championships get under way this afternoon at 1:30 at Chanhassen High School.