30 August 2013

Boys X-Country: A big move up at Classic

Justin Hyytinen finished 3rd overall at the 2013 Dakota County Classic
Individual times had been coming down in practice sessions and scrimmages so Tiger coach Lisa Lippold was hoping for a top three finish at Friday morning's two-mile Dakota Classic held at Eagan High School (Farmington finished fifth in 2012).

Lippold got her wish as the Tigers tied Lakeville South for second place in a quality nine-team field.

Apple Valley won the meet with 59 points with the Tigers and Cougars deadlocked in the runner-up spot with 77 each. Richfield ranked fourth at 93, followed by Eagan 113, New Prague 114, Hastings 172, St. Paul Como Park 211 and Simley 270.

"For a first race the times were good and we met our goal of finishing in the top three," Lippold said. "Most of the guys dropped time and some a lot of it. I'm excited to see where we go from there."

Leading the way for the Tigers was junior Justin Hyytinen who ranked third behind Richfield's Ali Osaba and Hastings' Zach Benning in a time of 10:25.3. Both are seniors who placed first and fourth respectively in the 3200-meter run at last spring's state track meet.

"I went out with them and stayed with them to about the mile mark," Hyytinen said, "but then they pulled away a little. But I was happy with my race. It was 15 seconds faster than I ran last year and about the same time those two guys ran here as juniors."

All five of the Tiger point scorers (top five) cracked the top 25. Sophomore Alex Hart chopped 20 seconds off last year's time to finish 12th in 11:004. Sophomore newcomer Devon Webb was three seconds back in 13th place at 11:03.6.

Senior Hunter Sevenich, who clocked 12:35 in the race last fall as a junior varsity runner, was the fourth Tiger in the chute, ranking 24th in 11:32.1. Senior Sean Dougherty was right behind in 25th place with an 11:38.8 finishing time.

Matt Anderson (47th; 12:19) and sophomore Ryan Newton (51st; 12:32) completed the Farmington varsity lineup.

Next week the Tigers get to test their talent in a very large meet when they travel to Alexander Park in Faribault for the Faribault Invitational.

Hunter Sevenich  lowered his 2012 time by more than a minute