24 May 2014

Girls Track: Tigers second in Missota finale

Isabelle Ferm three 1st place finishes (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington won four events and finished runner-up for the second straight season at the Missota Conference Championships held Thursday at Chanhassen.

Chanhassen successfully defended its 2013 league title with 184 points. Farmington won a heated battle for second place with 148, followed by New Prague 131.5, Shakopee 131, Northfield 105, Chaska 85.5, Red Wing 69 and Holy Angels 43.

The Tigers scored 31 points in the final three events of the meet to nail down second place.

"I thought the ladies performed very well and I am very happy for them," coach Tom Hart said. "The weather gave them a great opportunity and they took advantage of it by recording season best and personal best performances.  

"Their hard work really showed and their competitiveness was what got them to their second place finish.  As their coach I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled themselves ...We look forward to the section meet and trying to qualify as many events for state as possible."

Senior standout Isabelle Ferm ended her four-year run at conference meet in style, winning the triple jump (37-2.5), running on two first place relay teams (4x200 and 4x400) and placing third in the 200-meter dash. She had her fingerprints on 56 of the Farmington points.

Emma Record, Jennifer Miller and Megan Graham joined Ferm in winning the 4x200 in 1:45.03 and Ferm, Miller, Graham and Alicia Hett teamed up for the 4x400 victory, clocking 3:59.75.

Megan Graham ran on two winning relay teams (photo by J. Lindquist)
Like Ferm, Hett had a busy day on the Chanhassen oval, placing fifth in the 800-meter run and teaming with Sofia Chadwick, Maricella Pacheco and Morgan Mach to take fourth in the 4x800 relay.

Graham and Record also added points in individual events. Record ranked third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash; Graham placed fifth in the 400-meter dash.

Morgan Cecchittini placed in three events, finishing fifth in the long jump, seventh in the 100-meter dash and running on the fifth place 4x100 relay team with Racquel Beckett, Kelli Elmer and Nicole Doran.

Seventh grade distance runner Lauren Peterson led a quartet of Tigers who earned points in two events with a fourth place effort in the 3200-meter run and a sixth place finish in the 1600-meter run.

Destiny Schmitz ranked fifth in the high jump and eighth in the triple jump. Jordan Walls placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles and tied for eighth with teammate Ashley Ellefson in the pole vault. Maricia Pacheco finished eighth in the 3200-meter run and ninth in the 1600-meter run.

A pair of Tigers came up with season-best effort to score third place points: Kendall Novak in the pole vault and Kaylin Finstad in the high jump.

Aly Grebner took fourth in the discus and Elizabeth Welter came up with a sixth place finish in the long jump.

Next Saturday the Tigers head to Section 1AA Championships at Lakeville South. The state meet is the following weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Jennifer Miller ran on two winning relay teams (photo by Jim Lindquist)