Assessing his team's chances heading in the 2003 Missota Conference Track and Field Championships, Tiger coach Henry Schneider said depending on the day, the girls could finish as high as fifth while the boys would do well to place seventh in the talent-filled meet.
Turns out Schneider was pretty accurate in his forecasting. The Tiger girls ranked sixth and the boys seventh in the meet run last Tuesday and Thursday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
"I guess as a coach you always want a little more," Schneider said, "but really I think both teams did a good job. The girls were eight points out of fifth and the boys were just a point behind New Prague for sixth.
"The girls set a couple of new records and three boys made all-conference, so we did some good things. I would have to say this was a step forward for our program."
Prior Lake won the girls meet with 157 points. Shakopee was runner-up at 143.5, followed by New Prague (95.5), Hutchinson (85), Northfield (69), Farmington (61), Red Wing (51) and Holy Angels (40).
Molly Anderson provided the only first place finish for the Tigers, racing to victory in the 300-meter hurdles in a school record 47.89. That time shattered the old mark of 48.35 set two years ago by Sara Steffen.
Anderson also played a part in the other record-setting Tiger performance of the meet, joining with Ashley Brumley, Amy Hassler and O'Rion Walker to take second in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:49.03. The mark eclipsed the old record set in1981.
Melissa Oliver shaved three seconds off of her personal best to take third place in the 800-meter run in 2:27.05.
Farmington chalked up four fourth place finishes, three in individual events and another in a relay. Lyndsey Thoma was fourth in the long jump (15 feet, 11 3⁄4 inches) and high jump (five feet), and Krystle Graber took fourth in the pole vault (eight feet). The 4x100-meter quartet of Jamie Kramer, Kelly Pietsch, Hassler and Walker earned fourth place points for its 52.49 clocking.
Other Farmington point scorers included:
Fifth place: Katja Andresen in the 100-meter hurdles, 17.92; Walker in the long jump, 15-7 1⁄2.
Sixth place: Andresen in the triple jump, 32-8 3⁄4; Diane Nitti in the discus, 94 feet.
Seventh place: Ashley Stefaniw in the 3200-meter run,12:45.98; 4x400-meter relay (Anderson, Hassler, Oliver and Walker), 4:20.95 .
Eighth place: 4x800 meter relay (Megan Feely, Karla Krisher, Allie Johnson and Nikki Nordvik).
Shakopee kept Prior Lake from a sweep of conference honors by defeating the Lakers 120-117 for the boys crown. Hutchinson was next at 94, followed by Red Wing (93), Holy Angels (80), New Prague (69), Farmington (68) and Northfield (57).
The Tiger boys didn't score points in as many events as the girls but they helped themselves with a first and three seconds.
Nick Rechtzigel won the high jump at six feet and took second in the triple jump with a leap of 43-2. Ben Kampf obliterated his personal best in the 3200-meter run by a whopping 17 seconds, placing second in 9:44.59. Pole vaulter RJ Rappe also took second, clearing the bar at 12 feet.
Kampf added a third place in the 1600-meter run with a clocking of 4:26.56.
Dustin Indahl placed in both hurdle events, taking fourth in the 110-meter highs in 16.9 and fifth in the 300-meter intermediates in 43.27.
The 4x400-meter relay quartet of Brandon Wood, Rappe, Mike Nezworski and Jeff Doll also took fourth, finishing in a season-best 3:33.17.
Other Farmington entrants scoring points:
Sixth place: 4x100-meter relay (Jon Athmann, Jordan Dibb, Tom Engrave and Rappe), 47.72; Doll in the 800-meter run, 2:04.87; Justin Royle in the 3200-meter run, 10:16.32.
Seventh place: Mike Graber in the pole vault, 10-6.
Eighth place: 4x800 relay (Nick Pipho, Steve Devney, Corey Ford and Rick Yeager), 9:36.08; Royle in the 1600-meter run, 4:43.35; Wood in the 400-meter dash, 54.03
Thursday the Tigers head to Carleton College for a quadrangular hosted by Northfield. The meet will serve as a tune-up for the Section 1AA Championships that will be held on the same oval next week.