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Farmington boys track and field: Tigers defend conference titles

Farmington set several records while winning the final Missota Conference track championship.

Season-best efforts from up and down the lineup allowed Farmington to run away with the final Missota Conference boys track and field championship last Thursday in Chanhassen.

The Tigers won eight events and placed multiple athletes in the top eight in 10 of the meet’s 14 individual events while claiming their second straight league title in dominant fashion, 211-170 over runner-up Shakopee. New Prague was third with 117 points.

“Shakopee and Chanhassen were the teams to beat and it all depended on where our second and third runners were going to place. Our relays performed well with not having the same names, which was also a critical piece to the win,” Farmington coach Brian Helmstetter said. “This was one of the better conference meets in recent years when you look at the times and distances, which makes it even more rewarding…. They needed things to fall into place and they took care of business.”

Farmington started the meet out strong with a first-place finish in the 4x800 relay. Hunter Sevenich, Jared Wolt, Adam Dougherty and Devon Webb combined for a time of 8 minutes, 21.22 seconds to top Red Wing by five seconds.

Webb was also part of the Tiger 4x400 that closed out the meet with a conference-record time of 3:26.21. Webb, Nehemiah Rockett, Ryan Parco and Justin Hyytinen broke the previous record set by Northfield in 1985.

The relay closed out an impressive meet for Hyytinen, who also won conference titles in both the 3,200 and 1,600. He outkicked Chaska’s Joey Duerr in the 3,200 and set new conference and school records in the process, breaking Ben Kampf’s previous mark with a time of 9:18.61.

Tanner Grubb also won two individual titles and set a new school record in his final Missota meet. The senior won the 200 in 22.32 and the 400 in a Farmington-best 49.64. For good measure, Grubb sprinted to sixth in the 100 in 11.34 seconds.

Rockett grabbed a second Missota crown in the 300 hurdles. He won the event in 40.56 seconds. Rockett narrowly missed another individual title, placing second in the 110 highs.

The Tigers got a nice 1-2 scoring punch in the discus where CJ Wynings and Brendan King earned the top two spots with a pair of personal-best throws. Wynings won with a spin of 150-02 and King was right behind at 134-09.

Wyatt Ferm also took runner-up honors for the Tigers in the field events. He grabbed a silver in the high jump where he cleared a personal-best 6-5 and finished fourth in the pole vault at 12-3.

Sean McHenry and Parco placed 4-5 in the long jump and Rockett and Mason Gaylord were 4-5 in the triple jump. Rockett and Gaylord both cleared 41 feet.

Parco also contributed points on the track. He placed fifth in the 400 with a personal-best time and placed 6-7 alongside Jack Erickson in the 200.

Another scoring double came from Webb and Wolt in the 800. Webb placed third in 2:00.51 and Wolt was right behind in fourth in 2:02.08.

Distance runner Alex Hart stepped up with a pair of personal-best performances that landed him on the podium. He took sixth in the 3,200 in 10:06.17 and fourth in the 1,600 in 4:36.53.

Zach Herrera cleared a personal-best 5-10 to place eighth in the high jump and Mason Auge was eighth in the 100 finals. Tanner Thode added a ninth-place toss in the shot put.

Auge also teamed up with McHenry, Erickson and Caleb Bray for a fourth-place run in the 4x100 and Bray, Erickson and Gaylord for fourth in the 4x200.

“Early in the meet we had some athletes with some big performances, not just from our first-place finishers, but the guys that PR’d to get into the top nine,” Helmstetter said. “Those are the guys that helped win this meet.”

The Tigers are back on the track this afternoon and Saturday for the Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South. Top finishers will advance to the upcoming Class 2A state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.