Fairfield overcomes field woes to finish second
BLOOMFIELD — Fairfield’s Jonny Swanson had more than a few reasons to celebrate Tuesday at the Mustang Relays in Bloomfield.
At the site of last week’s Dennis Anderson Relays team victory, the senior gift-wrapped victories in the 110-high hurdles, 400-lows and once again anchored the shuttle hurdle relay to a winning time — all on his 18th birthday.
Swanson set a personal best in the 110-highs (15.13), then proceeded to shatter his previous best in the 400-lows by more than two seconds (58.88) to pick up the wins. And even before all that, Swanson helped Fairfield to a winning time of 1:05.33 in the shuttle hurdle relay alongside Josiah Wilbur, Daniel Schwarz and Austin Francisco.
Schwarz and Aaron Gevock were responsible for two additional victories for the Trojans, who finished runner-up in the team race behind Kirksville’s 157 points. Fairfield tallied 131 points, with 121 of them coming on the track, to edge out the host Mustangs by four points.
And although the Trojans scored just 10 points in the field events Tuesday, they outscored every other team on the track.
“It was another good night for the guys despite a rough night in the field,” said Fairfield head coach Brian Dunlap. “We scored a lot of points in the hurdles and the middle-distance kids looked good. It was encouraging to see the times go down.”
The Trojans got their 10 points in the field via the high jump, where Schwarz kept his undefeated outdoor season alive with a high mark of 6-feet, 2-inches. Although the jump was four inches short of his best this season, Schwarz still went sixth inches higher than the next best jumper.
The Trojans also got a pleasant surprise from Gevock, who claimed first place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:41.
“Aaron led from start to almost finish in both classes. He definitely went out to win it,” Dunlap said. “He’s dedicated his life to wrestling ... and he’s been out for track for half a season and he’s won a meet. I know he was pretty proud.”
Relays were once again a consistent source of points for the Trojans on Tuesday, as four of them earned second-place finishes.
Zach Martin, Brandon Taglauer, Zane Richmond and Alex Love all set personal bests in the 4x800 en route to a second-place time of 8:44; and the 4x200 team of Mason Carnahan, Kooper Dahlstrom, Jonathan Hoehne and Justin Hammes finished second at 1:38.42.
Fairfield’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays closed the night with a pair of second-place times. Dahlstrom, Hammes, Carnahan and Hoehne finished the 4x100 in 46.68; and the 4x400 team of Hammes, Zach Martin, Narendra Martin and Josiah Wilbur crossed the finish line in 3:45.63.
Third-place times came from Hammes in the 100 (11.70), Zach Martin in the 400 (55.73) and Francisco in the 110-highs (16.57). Hoehne was third in the 200-dash (24.30), and Love earned bronze in the open-800 (2:14.32).
Next up for the Trojan boys is a trip to Mount Pleasant for the varsity-only Denny White Relays on Thursday.
Fairfield Individual Placings
High Jump — 1. Daniel Schwarz (6’ 2”)
4x800-relay — 2. Fairfield (Z. Martin, Taglauer, Richmond, Love, 8:44)
3200-run — 1. Aaron Gevock (11:41), 5. Riley Hammel (12:26)
Shuttle hurdle-relay — 1. Fairfield (Wilbur, Schwarz, Francisco, Swanson, 1:05.33)
100-dash — 3. Justin Hammes (11.70)
400-dash — 3. Zach Martin (55.73), 4. Josiah Wilbur (56.05)
4x200-relay — 2. Fairfield (Carnahan, Dahlstrom, Hoehne, Hammes, 1:38.42)
110-hurdles — 1. Jonny Swanson (15.13), 3. Austin Francisco (16.57)
1600-run — 5. Brandon Taglauer (5:07.82), 6. Aaron Gevock (5:21.13)
200-dash — 3. Jonathan Hoehne (24.30)
400-hurdles — 1. Jonny Swanson (58.88), 4. Josiah Wilbur (1:01.93)
1600 medley-relay — 3. Fairfield (Carnahan, Dahlstrom, Reid, Richmond, 4:01.65)
800-run — 3. Alex Love (2:14.32)
4x100-relay — 2. Fairfield (Dahlstrom, Hammes, Carnahan, Hoehne, 46.68)
4x400-relay — 2. Fairfield (Hammes, N. Martin, Z. Martin, Wilbur, 3:45.63)