12 April 2014

Boys Track: Tigers tops at Shakopee

Justin Hyytinen won the 800 and 1600-meter runs (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington won its only indoor meet of the year and Friday at Shakopee it topped the field at the first official meet of the outdoor season..

The Tigers tallied 96 points to lead the five-team field consisting of four Missota Conference schools and Lakeville South. Farmington finished the day with 96 points, followed by South with 87, Shakopee 83, Chanhassen 53 and Holy Angels 53.

Fifty-six of the Tigers' point total came from seven first place finishes, including five individual events and two relays.

Individual winners included Justin Hyytinen, 800-meter run (2:00.22) and 1600-meter run (4:18.96); Tanner Grubb, 400 meter dash (50.9); Nehemiah Rockett, 300-meter hurdles (41.40) and Wyatt Ferm, pole vault (10-6).
The 4x400 relay foursome of Rockett, Mason Gaylord, Devon Webb and Grubb clocked 3:31.9 to lead the field and the 4x200 quartet of Jack Erickson, Caleb Bray, Ryan Parco and Grubb took top honors with a finishing time of 1:34.40.

Nehemiah Rockett won the the 300-meter hurdles (photo by Jim Lindquist)
"Justin,Tanner and  Nehemiah had outstanding days and had times that made the Raceberry honor roll," coach Brian Helmstetter said. "And the competition to run on our 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams is great. We had two teams in the top three in both of those races. This brings even more focus and effort to practice and the importance on fundamentals." 

Rockett added second place points in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x800 relay team of Luis Rodriguez, Webb, Jared Wolt and Adam Dougherty also ranked second, one second behind the winning Chanhassen team.

Four other Farmington entrants picked up third place points: Mason Auge in the 100 and 200-meter dashes; Gaylord in the triple jump and CJ Wynings in the discus.

A trio of Tiger performers finished fourth, including Godfrey Mpetey in the discus; Parco in the 400-meter dash and Roberto Vasquez in the 1600-meter run.

Dougherty ranked fifth in the 400-meter dash and Parco took fifth in the long jump.

" It was a great meet and we and 100 boys got marks and distances which means the goal setting can begin," Helmstetter said.

Next Tuesday the Tigers host a quality six-team field for their annual  invitational meet. Other participants include Rosemount, Woodbury, Eagan, Red Wing and New Prague.