01 June 2014

Girls Track: Ferm, 3 relays to state meet

Isabelle Ferm to state in 3 events (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Senior Isabelle Ferm is going back to the state meet for the fourth consecutive year and several teammates are joining her for the trip.

Ferm won the Section 1AA triple jump title with a leap of 36-4 and ran legs on both the second place 4x200 (1:44.26) and 4x400 (3:59.03) relay teams to qualify for the state meet and help the Tigers to a third place finish Saturday at Lakeville South.

Emma Record, Jennifer Miller and Megan Graham joined Ferm on the 4x200 team and Miller, Graham Alica Hett and Ferm ran the 4x400.

"This is Izzy's fourth year making into the state meet," Tiger coach Tom Hart said, "and hopefully she can get that elusive championship that she has been close to."

The 4x800 relay foursome of Sofia Chadwick, Lauren Peterson, Morgan Mach and Hett ran together for the first time this season and ran 9:39.20 to place second and punch its ticket to the state finals  next weekend at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The four state qualifiers helped the Tigers to a third place finish in the 12-team section field.

State powerhouse Lakeville South won the meet with a dominant 151 points. Lakeville North grabbed the runner-up spot with 79 points, six more than the third place Tigers. Other point totals included Rochester Century 66.5, Northfield 55.5,  Winona 49, Rochester John Marshall 41, Red Wing 41, Rochester Mayo 39, Austin 38, Faribault 25, Owatonna 19, Kasson-Mantorville 13, Hastings 9 and Albert Lea 3.

4x800 relay: Sofia Chadwick, Lauren Peterson, Morgan Mach and Alicia Hett

"The 4x800 started the day off for us in the right direction," Tiger coach Tom Hart said. "After that the ladies brought a lot of fight to their events.

"Qualifying the three relays was a wonderful way to end the day. All of the preparation our coaches and athletes put in this season showed as their performances were great."

Two other Tigers came tantalizing close to making the state cut. Destiny Schmitz ranked second in the triple jump heading into the final round before Northfield's Anna Pfefferle edged by her to take the final spot on the state roster.

Freshman sprinter Record had the best preliminary time in the 200-meter dash but finished third in the finals, .38 of a second out of second place and a state bid.

Hart said the first goal for the state qualifiers is to reach the finals but the ultimate aim is a spot on the awards stand.

"Getting to the podium and making all-state," he said. "That is my goal for all of them."

Other Farmington point scorers:
100-meter dash: 4. Morgan Cecchittini; 6. Record
800-meter run: 6. Hett
1600-meter run: 6. Maricia Pacheco
3200-meter run: 4. Peterson
Pole vault: 4. Kendall Novak