23 April 2014

Girls Track: Peterson wins 3200 at Eagan

Lauren Peterson 1st in 3200-meters; 2nd in 1600-meters (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Seventh-grader Lauren Peterson provided the lone Farmington first place finish as the Tigers placed fourth among 10 quality teams at the Wildcat Invitational held Tuesday in Eagan.

Peterson ran a personal best time in winning the 3200-meter run in 11:32.89 and also placed second in the 1600-meter run to account for 18 of her team's point total.

Deep and talented Lakeville South won the meet with 170 points, 18 more than host Eagan. Eastview edged the Tigers 67-65 for third, followed by Rosemount 64, Cretin-Derham Hall 57.5, Woodbury 42, Park of Cottage Grove 39.33, Apple Valley 33.5 and Bloomington Jefferson 11.66.

"This was a  great opportunity for the ladies to compare themselves to some of the best teams in the state," coach Tom Hart said. "We ran decent races, but we need to get faster, jump higher and longer, and throw further if we want to compete in the championship meets at the end of the season."

In addition to Peterson's runner-up finish in the 1600, Alica Hett ran a personal best 2:26.10 to take second in the 800-meter run.

The Tigers opned the meet on a positive note with the 4x800 relay team of Sofia Chadwick, Maricia Pacheco, Morgan Mach and Hett putting together a third place finish.

Jordan Walls finished fourth in the pole vault as did the 4x200 relay team of Morgan Cecchittini, Megan Graham, Jennifer Miller and Emma Record.

Other Farmington point scorers:
200 meter dash: 5. Record
400 meter run: 7. Graham
4x100 relay: 6. Kelli Elmer, Nicole Doran, Racquel Beckett, Cecchittini
4x400 relay: 5. Hett, Graham, Miller, Victoria Almquist
Hgh jump: 5. Destiny Schmitz
Pole vault: 6. Ashley Ellefson
Discus: 6. Aly Grebner

Next Tuesday the Tigers head to Chaska for the annual running of the Missota Conference Relays.