Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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A record 546 runners participated in the 33rd-annual Dew Run as part of the Dew Days festivities Saturday morning in Farmington. The feature four-mile race was won by former Farmington High School distance running standout Ben Kampf, who crossed the finish line on Oak Street nearly two minutes ahead of the next competitor. Kampf clocked in at a time of 20 minutes, 29 seconds on the flat course. Eric Thies of Mankato, Adam Lippold of Elko, Scott Fikksdal of Hastings and Sam Thomas of Delano rounded out the top five. The next highest local finisher was 2011 FHS grad Carl Elmer.
The Farmington VFW baseball team is alone on top of the South Suburban League's Blue Division standings following a big win over Rosemount on Monday. Farmington beat Rosemount, the league's only other one-loss team coming into the week, 17-2 in five innings. Farmington batters had 10 hits and walked 10 times while Rosemount committed seven errors. Pitcher Jonathon Hinks went all five innings to earn his third win of the season.
Farmington senior Tommy May missed 16 of 18 fairways and slipped 22 places on the second day of the Class AAA State Golf Tournament. Still, the four-year varsity golfer was able to close out his career with a 35th-place finish out of 84 golfers at Bunker Hills last Wednesday. "All in all it was a great season for Tom.... I could not be more proud of Tom and I am thankful for the lifelong memories," Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
A severe thunderstorm passed through Farmington at around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The storm produced nickle-sized hail and 75 mile-per-hour winds that uprooted numerous large trees in the neighborhoods east of Flagstaff Avenue between 170th and 175th street. High winds also did damage downtown Farmington, where trees were uprooted and in some cases toppled over onto houses. Homeowners up and down Main and Elm streets were in many cases spending their mornings clearing debris and waiting for insurance representatives to show up and assess the damage.
The annual Dew Run will be held Saturday outside the old City Hall at 325 Oak Street. The one-mile race will begin at 8 o'clock, followed by the ½ mile Junior Jog at 8:15 and the four-mile race at 8:30. Packet pick-up and race registration begins at 7 o'clock. Entry fee for the one- and four-mile races is $23 and the Junior Jog is $3. All entrants in the one- and four-mile races will receive a T-shirt.
The Farmington VFW baseball team did a lot of things right during its 9-1 romp over Benilde-St. Margaret's Monday afternoon. Post 7662 got down four sacrifice bunts, followed those with plenty of clutch hits and provided lots of run support for starter Jordan Beschorner as it improved to 8-1 on the season. "They're doing the little things needed to win games," coach Mike Winters said. Beschorner worked six innings and allowed just a single fourth-inning run on four hits while striking out seven.
Before last weekend, no Farmington girl had ever won a state track and field championship. That changed Friday morning when Nadia Lorencz followed up last spring's runner-up finish in the long jump by winning the event with a leap of 17 feet, 11 3/4 inches at the Class AA State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. The leap was three inches better than the 17-8 3/4 turned in by runner-up Tatyana Pashibin of Southwest. Lorencz won a second gold medal Saturday afternoon when she upset two-time defending state champion Jessica January of Richfield in the 100 hurdle finals.
The Farmington boys 4x400 relay team came up just short of its goal of breaking the school record, but it was still a successful showing at the Class AA State Meet, according to head coach Brian Helmstetter. "They came in ranked 18th and finished 13th. I think that's an accomplishment," Helmstetter said.
The Farmington softball team looked overmatched by Stillwater in the opening round of the Class AAA State Tournament last Thursday. But by the end of the day Friday, so did the rest of the eight-team field at Caswell Park in North Mankato. The Ponies entered with the most losses of any team in the Class 3A portion of the tournament - eight - due in large part to a rigid Suburban East Conference schedule.
Bloomington Jefferson knocked Farmington out of the Class 3A state softball tournament with a 4-3 extra-inning win in Friday morning's consolation bracket. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 17-6. They were Section 1AAA champions and Missota Conference co-champions.