09 May 2012

Boys Track: Tigers sixth at True Team section

Tyler Lerbakken scored top 10 points in three events (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington didn't place first or second in any event but used depth and balance to finish sixth at the nine-team Section 1AA True Team Championships held Tuesday at Rochester Mayo.

Rochester  Mayo defeated Big Nine Conference rival Owatonna  902.5-844.5 to win the section berth in next week's True Team state meet in Stillwater.

Lakeville South placed third at 816.5, followed by Rochester Century 687, Lakeville North 631, Farmington 584, New Prague 573.5, Northfield 552.5 and Rochester John Marshall 386.5.

Farmington placed individuals among the top 10 in 11 events and ranked among the top five in all four relays.

"I think we should have gotten fourth overall if we could have came through in a few events," coach Brian Helmstetter said. " Some low finishes hurt us but most events had personal records.

"We had 26 personal records overall, so it is hard to say we underachieved, but a few miscues and some weak events kept us from scoring some big points."

Two of the Tiger relay foursomes scored third place points: the 4x200 team of Ryan Parco, Tommy Weigel, Jack Erickson and Sam Hoffman and the 4x400 quartet of  Tyler Lerbakken, Chad Retterath, Tanner Grubb and Weigel.

Justin Hyytinen 4th & 6th place finishes in distance events
The top Tiger individual performance of the meet came from freshman Justin Hyytinen who took fourth in the 1600-meter run and sixth in the 3200-meter run.

Two other Farmington relay teams scored fifth place finishes: the 4x100 grouping of  Derek Klotter, Ather Ashton, Alex Chadwick and Mason Auge and the 4x800 contingent of Retterath, Luis Rodriguez, Eric Stoeckman, and Lerbakken.

Other Farmington Top 10 finishers:
100-meter dash: 10. Hoffman
400-meter run: 7. Grubb; 8. Weigel
800-meter run: 7. Lerbakken
Long jump: 8. Justin Hett
Triple jump: 9. Hett
High jump: 9. Dan Berg
Pole vault: 8. Reid Taubenheim
                                                                                  Discus: 9. CJ Wynings

Next Thursday (May 17) the Tigers tune up for the May 24 Missota Conference Championships with an invitational meet at Carleton College in Northfield.