Rosemount, Farmington track teams brave the elements

Despite inhospitable weather for track and field, the show went on for outdoor track and

Farmington's Justin Hyytinen won two distance races at the Tigers' boys track and field invitational Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Farmington’s Justin Hyytinen won two distance races at the Tigers’ boys track and field invitational Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

field meets at Rosemount and Farmington high schools on Tuesday afternoon.

At Rosemount, the Irish girls finished second in a four-team South Suburban Conference meet that included Eagan and Prior Lake, the third- and fourth-place finishers at last year’s state Class AA meet.

At Farmington, the host Tigers finished second to Rosemount in a five-team boys meet.

Eagan won the girls meet at Rosemount with 106 points. Rosemount scored 75. Prior Lake, which won the Lakeville North Mega Meet on Saturday, ran a reduced lineup and placed third, with Eastview finishing fourth.

Sophomore Josephine French (100 dash), eighth-grader Sydney Hansen (800) and junior Rachel Schow (100 hurdles) were individual winners for the Irish. Schow’s time of 15.79 seconds in the 100 hurdles was a meet record.

Rosemount teams also took the top two places in the 4×100 relay.

Rosemount’s boys scored 169 points at the Farmington meet to outdistance the Tigers, who scored 133. New Prague, Eagan and Red Wing also competed.

Although Farmington won three relays and four individual events, Rosemount’s depth prevailed. Tigers distance runner Justin Hyytinen won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 19 seconds and the 3,200 in 9:54. He also ran on the Tigers’ winning 4×800 relay.

Farmington’s Wyatt Ferm cleared 6 feet to win the high jump and Tanner Grubb won the 200 in 22.94.

Farmington will hold a girls invitational on its home track on Thursday. Among the teams scheduled to compete is Lakeville South, which won the 2012 state Class AA championship and finished second last year.


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