Fritz crushes discus record Monday
MOUNT PLEASANT — Records, the saying goes, are meant to be broken. No one ever said they were meant to be shattered.
But that’s exactly what Fairfield Middle School’s Michael Fritz did in the discus throw during Monday’s conference track and field meet in Mount Pleasant. The eighth-grader’s throw of 145-feet, 4-inches broke the 18-year-old conference record by six feet and accounted for the Trojan eighth-graders’ one win Monday.
Fritz’s teammate, Cam Baumann, also broke the long-existing record in the event to place runner-up at 142-feet, 8-inches. Fritz rounded out the Trojans’ big day in the field with a second-place finish in the shot put (40’ 0”), and the eighth-graders finished in fourth place with 74 points.
Other second-place finishes came from the shuttle hurdle relay team of Brayden Miller, Bailey Jones, Kyle Roberts and Brandon Smithburg (1:10); as well as the distance medley of Baumann, Denver Schultz, Miller and Eric Swan (4:27).
Walker Allen, Charles Heisel, Elijah Parr and Swan added a third-place time of 4:28 in the meet-capping 4x400.
Mount Pleasant won the eighth-grade title with 147 points. Ottumwa (113) was second and Washington (103) finished third.
The Fairfield seventh-graders, meanwhile, had no champions but still managed a third-place finish in the team standings at the conference meet.
Fairfield scored 74 points to fall in line behind champion Mount Pleasant (149) and runner-up Washington (120). Ottumwa (69) finished five points behind Fairfield and Keokuk (49) was fifth.
The 4x800 team of Connor Ryan, Darren Roberts, Stetson Spees and Aaron Haines finished second in 11:24 for one of the Trojans’ top finishes. Dakota Storto, Steeler Higdon, Hunter Hoskins and Max Sullivan also finished second in the 4x400 with a time of 4:33.
Third-place times were earned by James Lyman in the 100-hurdles (17.5) and 200-hurdles (31.8), Sullivan in the 800 (2:36). Higdon took third place in the discus (88’ 10”).
Results of the Trojans’ final meet, which was Tuesday at Washington, will appear in Thursday’s Ledger.