FMS girls impress at Ottumwa Invitational
OTTUMWA — The Fairfield Middle School girls kicked off the season Monday with a team title in seventh-grade action and a runner-up finish at the eighth-grade level at the Ottumwa Invitational.
The Trojan seventh-graders claimed wins in a whopping 10 events to score 130 points and finish eight ahead of runner-up Mount Pleasant (122). Centerville finished a distant third with 72 points.
Leading the way for the seventh-grade girls was Amiah Neff, who scored individual victories in the 100-meter dash (13.6), 400-dash (67.7) and high jump (4’ 10”). Neff also opened the winning 4x100, where she teamed up with Aluna Olaniyi, Kristin Burnstedt and Ashtyn Drish for a 56.8-second finish.
Nicole Buch also had a major hand in three wins. Buch claimed first place in the 1500 (5:38) and 800 (2:44), and she anchored the distance medley team of Taylor Myers, Sophie Allen and Lucia Van Dijk to a winning time of 5:08.
Burnstedt added to her big day with a victory in the long jump (12’ 9”), and she helped the sprint medley team consisting of Allen, Van Dijk and Carin Corrick to a first-place finish in 2:18. Burnstedt also finished third in the shot put with a mark of 21-feet, 3.75-inches.
Drish struck gold in the 200-meter dash with a winning time of 30.5 ticks, and she finished third overall in the 400-dash (68.6). Olaniyi crossed the finish line of the 100 in 14.3 seconds to claim second place.
Other third-place finishes came from Ella Pollet, Katrina Cucchini, Hailey Patrick and Van Dijk in the 4x800; and Corrick, Allen, Myers and Trenady Sammons in the 4x400.
In eighth-grade action, the Trojan girls earned another five victories to finish second with 118 points. Oskaloosa won the eighth-grade title with 142 points, while Mount Pleasant finished third, 28 points behind Fairfield.
Kenady Waugh had a big day for Fairfield, scoring wins in the 100-meter dash (13.8) and 400 (65.3). Waugh won the sprint medley relay alongside Nichelle Simmons, Sarah Swanson and Kylie Kurtz (2:12). Mikaela Lunsford launched the shot put 28 feet for a win; and Kaylee Watson, Simmons, Kurtz and Sam Fritz tacked on a win in the distance medley (4:49).
Taking second in individual races were Fritz in the 1500 (5:24) and Brynna Bowman in the 200 (29.9). The Trojans’ 4x800 team of Maggie Ferrel, Anuja Pharasi, Emily Hanna and Ashlyn Elmore was second; and the 4x200 team of Jenna Crile, Swanson, Lippincott and Bowman finished runner-up. Watson, Elmore, Kurtz and Fritz also finished second in the 4x400 relay.
Elmore added a third-place time of 2:54 in the open-800, Watson was third in the discus (64’ 9”) and Kaska earned bronze in the high jump (4’ 6”). Bowman, Swanson, Simmons and Megan Sullivan captained the 4x100 to a third-place time of 59.8.
The middle school girls will be back in action Saturday at the Panther Relays in Mount Pleasant.