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Farmington girls track and field: Ferm grabs three golds for Tigers

Senior Izzie Ferm had a hand in all three of Farmington’s first-place finishes during last Thursday’s second-place team showing at the Missota Conference Championships.

Ferm won the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 2 ½ inches and ran legs on both the victorious 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The Tigers went on to score 148 points, 36 off the pace of champion Chanhassen and 16 ahead of third-place New Prague at the final Missota meet in Chanhassen.

“The ladies competed very well and at a high level. We had many season-best performances and many personal records,” Farmington coach Tom Hart said. “I have to believe the weather helped as the kids finally got a chance to compete and feel good in doing so.”

Ferm was joined in the 4x200 and 4x400 by both Megan Graham and Jennifer Miller. Emma Record rounded out the 4x200 foursome and Alicia Hett led off the 4x400. Ferm and Record also contributed a 3-4 finish in the open 200, and Record was third in the 100 in 12.78.

The Tigers’ other three top-three finishes all came in the field events. Kendall Novak was third in the pole vault, Kaylin Finstad tied for second in the high jump and Destiny Schmitz was third behind Ferm in the triple jump.

Farmington placed multiple athletes in the top nine in six other events, as well. Morgan Cecchettini gave the team a scoring double with a seventh-place finish behind Record in the 100 and also teamed up with Elizabeth Welter for a 5-6 finish in the long jump. Jordan Walls and Ashley Ellefson tied eighth in the pole vault and Graham and Shannon McKnight provided a 5-9 showing in the 400.

In the distance races, Lauren Peterson and Maricia Pacheco came in sixth and ninth, respectively, in the 1,600, and fourth and eighth in the 3,200.

Other individual place-winners were Aly Grebner in the discus (4th), Hett in the 800 (5th), Walls in the 100 hurdles (6th) and Leah Kiage in the 300 hurdles (8th).

The Farmington 4x800 relay team finished fourth and the 4x100 finished fifth.

The Tigers are back on the track this week for the Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South. The top finishers advance to the Class 2A state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.

“We will try to qualify as many events as possible and strive for a top-three team finish in the meet,” Hart said.