Fairfield girls continue indoor season with Iowa State Classic
AMES — Twelve members of the Fairfield girls’ track and field team took the lengthy drive north to Ames Monday to compete on the 300-meter indoor track at Iowa State University.
In all, the Trojans came away with a pair of top-10 finishes, and Fairfield head coach Ron Hunerdosse thought his runners made improvements across the board at the annual Iowa State Classic.
Fairfield’s top finish came from senior Sydney Howard, who placed seventh in the 60-meter dash behind three Des Moines Roosevelt runners but just one Class 4A opponent. Her 60-time was clocked at 8.11 seconds.
“I thought she had a good day,” said head coach Ron Hunerdosse. “She struggled a bit a week ago, but she did better yesterday and I was glad to see that.”
Also in the 60, sophomore teammate Mackenzie McClure squeezed into the top-third of the meet’s largest race at 46th overall. Her finish, which was clocked at 8.74 ticks, also earned the praise of Hunerdosse.
“To finish 46th in a 150-person field is not bad at all,” he said. “She’s a really good competitor and that certainly helps out.”
Outside of that race, the Trojans’ other top-10 performance came from junior Marisa Repp in the high jump, where she finished eighth overall at 4-feet, 10-inches. Hunerdosse said Repp also “ran a couple nice 400 legs for us,” including a 65-second split in the 4x400.
Other highlights came from Howard and senior teammate Jessica Lamb in the 4x400. Both ran 63-second splits, while Lamb also ran a 2:31 half-mile in the 4x800. Hannah Sobaski finished the 1500-meter run in 5:40, and Cierra Bielinski impressed with a 28-second 200 in the sprint medley relay.
Freshman Abby Melcher set a personal best in the open-800, finishing with a time of 2:45. She also ran a 2:49 in her leg of the 4x8.
“I only took one freshman with me, and I thought she ran really well,” Hunerdosse said. “Abby ran faster than she did a week ago, and that’s what impressed me most.”
The Trojan girls continue their indoor season at the Central College Indoor scheduled Thursday in Pella.
“We’re going to be a little slow out of the gates, as I’m sure most teams will be due the limited track time. But hopefully we hit our stride when we get outdoors. I’m sure we will,” he added.