Saturday was no day off for the Tiger track teams, as they packed their gear and headed south for a day at the Austin Relays. According to coach Henry Schneider, the Saturday adventure was worth it.

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"It was great meet," he said, "and we competed great. We had some personal bests and some new faces break into the scoring column. It was really impressive because of how many meets we had this week. I think we are in good shape going into the conference relays next week."

Both Farmington teams fared well, with the girls placing third in an eight-team field and the boys taking fourth among seven teams.


A strong Mankato East team piled up 201 points to easily outdistance runner-up Visitation at 104. Farmington was third with 80, followed by New Prague (67), Austin (60), Blooming Prairie (60), Esko (31) and Eastview JV (22).

No Farmington individual or relay team came home with a first place medal but, as has been the case this season, the Tigers racked up the points with depth and balance.

Two individuals and a relay team turned in second place finishes for the girls. Individually, O'Rion Walker leaped 15-8 in the high jump and Diane Nitti hurled the discus 103 feet. The 4x200-meter relay quartet of Molly Anderson, Walker, Amy Hassler and Kelly Pietsch placed second in 1:52.07.

Four Tiger athletes placed third, including Katja Andresen in the 100-meter hurdles (17.54); Anderson in the 300-meter hurdles (50.52); Melissa Oliver in the 800-meter run (2:34.32) and Hassler in the long jump (15-7).

The 4x800 meter relay foursome of Megan Feely, Ashley Stefaniw, Kayla Krisher and Oliver finished third in 10:52.70.

Andresen took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-6 1⁄2, as did the 4x100-meter relay team of Ashley Brumley, Pietsch, Hassler and Walker which recorded a 53.60.


Mankato East made it a sweep with a 191-118 win over host Austin in the boys race. Rochester Mayo took third with 107.5, followed by Farmington (65), New Prague (56), Esko (54) and Blooming Prairie (17.5).

The Tigers won three events, and Kampf was in the middle of two of them. He won the 1600-meter run in 4:37.28 and joined Mike Nezworski, Royle and Doll in winning the 4x800-meter relay in 8:35.68.

The third blue ribbon performance of the meet came form Rechtzigel, who cleared six feet in the high jump.

Doll clocked 2:07.52 in the 800 meters to take second and the 4x400-meter relay team of Brandon Wood, RJ Rappe, Nezworski and Doll came in third in 3:34.87.

Four Farmington entrants finished fourth, including Nezworski in the 800-meter run (2:11.30); Royle in the 3200 meters (10:39.78); Wood in the triple jump (37-8 1⁄2) and Rappe in the pole vault (11-6).

The 4x200-meter foursome of Wood, Rappe, Jordan Dibb and Curt Baker took fourth in 1:38.5.