17 May 2013

Boys Track: Tigers dominate Foley Classic

Justin Hyytinen meet record in 800 meters (photo by J. Lindquist)
Farmington scored first place finishes in 10 of 17 events to dominate the unscored, four-team Pat Foley Classic held Thursday afternoon at Carleton College in Northfield.

Not only did the Tigers win more than half of the events, they also set a trio of new meet records.

"Fast times and long distances throughout the meet," coach Brian Helmstetter said.  "Nice weather will do that to an athlete this time of year." 

The new meet standards came from Tanner Grubb in the 200-meter dash (22.93); Justin Hyytinen in the 800-meter run (1:57.16) and Nehemiah Rockett in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (41.50).

Hyytinen's time in the 800-meter run was less than a second off the school record set by volunteer coach Henry Schneider in 1987.

In addition to the new meet standard setters, other Tiger event winners included Rockett, triple jump;  Tyler Lerbakken, 400-meter run; Dan Berg, high jump; Sean McHenry, long jump and CJ Wynings, discus.

The victorious relay teams were the 4x100 grouping of Derek Klotter, McHenry, Alex Chadwick and Mason Auge and the 4x400 foursome of Tommy Weigel, Hyytinen, Jared Wolt and Lerbakken.

Devon Webb clocked 2:00.93 to finish runner-up to Hyytinen in the 800 as three other Tigers placed in the top five. Jared Wolt was third in 2:00.99 and Adam Dougherty took fifth in 2:05.67.

Other second place finishes included Auge, 100-meter dash; Weigel, 200-meter dash; Grubb, 400-meter run; Adam Wallenta, 3200-meter run; Wyatt Ferm, high jump; Conner Phu, pole vault; Jacob Earp, long jump; Mason Gaylord, triple jump and Tanner Thode, shot put.

Tanner Grubb meet record in 200-meter dash (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Two Tiger relay teams placed second, the 4x200 foursome of Blake Ross, Matthew Anderson, Mac Bassett and Mason Gaylord and the 4x800 team of Hunter Sevenich, Clayton Webb, Eric Stoeckman and Caleb Gochenour.

Finishing in third place for Farmington were Michael Husnick, shot put; Cullen Smith, pole vault; Mac Bassett, long jump; Berg, 110-meter hurdles; Wallenta, 1600-meter run and Grubb, 100-meter dash.

Fourth place Tiger finishes came from Ryan Parco, 200-meter dash; Alex Lubbers, 400-meter run; Rockett, 110-meter high hurdles; Weigel, 100-meter dash; Smith, high jump; Helbert Zeyala, pole vault and McHenry, triple jump.

Four Tigers finished the day in fifth place: Parco, 100-meter dash; Auge, 200-meter dash; Phu, 110-meter hurdles; Halstrum Jackson, high jump; Jacob Gerdes, shot put and Brendan King, discus.

"There were many pr's today which is exciting," Helmstetter said. "Some decisions now have to be made going into the conference next week ad the section the following week. Those are good problems for a coach to have." 

Next Thursday the Tigers head to Chanhassen and the 2013 Missota Conference Championships.

Nehemiah Rockett meet record in 300-meter hurdles (photo by Jim Lindquist)