|Reid Taubenheim (13-3) 2nd in pole vault (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
When the last race was run and the final results posted, Helmstetter proved to be a pretty accurate prognosticator as the Tigers finished sixth in the eight-team field.
Chanhassen won the meet with 206.5 points. Shakopee finished a distant runner-up at 142.5, followed by Northfield, 120.5, Chaska 118, Red Wing 94, Farmington 82, New Prague 81.5 and Holy Angels 52.
"We have good numbers and some very good athletes," Helmstetter said, "but we don't have the great athletes that some of the teams here have today. That's what you need in this meet.
"We are also very young and that makes a big difference. We won both the conference junior varsity and ninth grade meets this year so we are very excited about the future."
Three Tiger entrants, including two relays, turned in second place finishes to account for 30 of the team's point total.
The relay teams included the 4x800 foursome of Chad Retterath, Eric Stoeckman, Justin Hyytinen and Tyler Lerbakken and the 4x400 quartet of Lerbakken, Retterath, Tommy Weigel and Tanner Grubb.
Pole vaulter Reid Taubenheim turned in a personal-best effort of 13-3 to register Farmington's only second place finish in an individual event.
Helmstetter said he was very pleased with the efforts of two his throwers, Bret Hoffman and CJ Wynnings.
Hoffman achieved a personal best of 45-2 in the shot put to take fourth place, the same finish as.Wynnings who hurled the discus a personal record 133 feet.
"Both of those guys beat their old record by a long way," Helmstetter said. "That was impressive to see."
Hyytinen put together a fifth place finish in the 3200-meter run and Cullen Smith ranked fifth in the pole vault. The 4x100 relay team of Derek Klotter, Athen Ashton, Alex Chadwick and Mason Auge also placed fifth.
Other Farmington point-scorers:
4x 200 relay: 6. Brad Parco, Weigel, Jack Erickson, Troy Hoffman
300-meter hurdles: 6. Nehemiah Rockett
110-meter hurdles: 7. Berg
Triple jump: 7. Justin Hett
400 meter dash: 8. Grubb 9. Lerbakken
800-meter run: 8. Stoeckman
100-meter dash: 8. Erickson
200-meter dash: 9.Weigel
Next Saturday the Tigers travel to Lakeville South for the Section 1AA Championships where the first and second place finishers as well as state standard qualifiers move on to the Class AA state meet.