The Farmington girls 4x400 relay saved its best performance of the season for last.
The Tiger foursome of Maria Kiminski, Alicia Hett, Megan Graham and Izzie Ferm ran a season-best time of 3 minutes, 55.73 seconds to earn second place and all-state honors Saturday afternoon at the Class 2A state track meet in St. Paul. Ferm moved the Tigers into the lead on the final backstretch of the Hamline University track, but Minnetonka came back to win the state title in 3:54.04.
"The goal time based on my predicted splits was 3:55 and they met the challenge," Farmington coach Tom Hart said. "They got in the race and never let up.... Minnetonka had just a little bit more than we did in the final stage of the race."
The time was just over a second off the school record, but the second-place finish was the highest ever by a Farmington girls relay team at the state meet.
A day earlier, with Jennifer Miller subbing in for an injured Ferm and running a personal-best split, the 4x400 advanced to the finals with an eighth-place time of 4:00.86. Splits of 57-plus seconds from Graham and Ferm helped achieve the five-second improvement in the finals.
Ferm was affected by her hip injury in the open 400 prelims on Friday, when her time of 58.78 left her 10th and one spot away from a finals berth.
The Tigers' 4x400 finish earned them 10 points, good enough for a tie for 28th place in the team standings. Minnetonka's 4x400 title gave the Skippers 94 1/2 points and the Class 2A state team championship.