Track teams finally get outdoors for scrimmage
The several inches of snow that fell on Tiger Stadium last Friday melted just in the nick of time.
Warm weather over the weekend, and a little bit of shoveling, cleared most of the track, and allowed the Farmington and Rosemount track teams to make their outdoor debuts in a three-team scrimmage Monday afternoon.
Several extra heats were run in many of the events, allowing coaches the chance to see more of their athletes perform and get them some experience in a competitive setting. The outdoor season officially begins this week with Rosemount competing at the Prior Lake Invitational and Farmington traveling to the Shakopee Invite.
“We had some decent performances, but didn’t put any of our A or B relays together. We let them compete against each other, and it was fun to see the inter-team competition,” Farmington girls coach Tom Hart said. “We’ll look to load the teams up a bit more on the girls side of things Friday at Shakopee.”Hart did team up some of his top sprinters in the 4x100, where Izzie Ferm, Megan Graham, Emma Record and Racquel Beckett combined on a time of 53.16 seconds. Ferm, Record and Graham also turned in fast splits in the 4x200 and Ferm led the team in the long jump with a leap of 14-10 ¼. Teammate Amanda Flanscha was close behind at 14-5 ½.Farmington’s No. 2 4x100 unit of Flanscha, Makayla Ford, Kelli Elmer and Nicole Doran also turned in some fast splits while combining on a time of 54.82. In the open 100, Ford (13.44), Morgan Cecchettini (13.62), Doran and Elmer all broke 14 seconds.Lauren Peterson swept the distance races for the Tigers, winning the 1,600 in 5:30 and coming back to take the 3,200 in 11:42. Alicia Hett had a strong double of her own with a time of 2:29 in the 800 and a 1:01.03 split in the 4x400.Leah Kiage and Rachel Kiminski led the team despite running the full 300 hurdles for the first time this season, and Ashley Ellefson and Jordan Walls cleared 8-0 in the pole vault despite windy conditions.The Rosemount boys sent a portion of their team to Farmington with the Prior Lake Invitational coming up the following night.“We were pleased with the athletes that competed in Farmington. It was kind of a split squad event for us,” Rosemount coach Jay Hatleli said. “But we got some quality experience with a lot of young guys and a few good races out of some veterans.”Two of the Irish’s top returning runners shined in the sprints. Grant Jackson clocked in at 11.18 to set the pace in the 100 and teammate Tray Ashby-Phan was close behind with a time of 11.21.“Those were nice marks for the first time out this season,” Hatleli said.The 100 also produced some positive results for the Farmington boys. Nine Tiger boys broke 12 seconds, led by Tanner Grubb’s 11.33 clocking. Jack Erickson, Mason Auge, Nehemiah Rockett and Robin DeCastro all finished under 11.8.Grubb also set the pace in the 200 with a time of 23.05. Four teammates finished in under 25 seconds.In the 4x200, Auge, Erickson, Grubb and Ryan Parco combined on a time of 1:35.6.Justin Hyytinen swept the distance races, pulling away from the pack with times of 4:27 in the 1,600 and 9:45 in the 3,200.Other event leaders for the Tigers were Wyatt Ferm in the high jump (5-10) and pole vault (9-6), Parco in the long jump (19-1), CJ Wynings in the shot put (40-10), Jared Wolt in the 800 (2:10) and Mason Gaylord in the triple jump (38-2).