Fritz takes gold
Just another day at the office for Michael Fritz …
In the six-team Trojan Relays held at Fairfield High School on Tuesday, the senior Fritz heaved the discus 141 feet, 10 inches, easily capturing the gold medal.
“That’s Michael Fritz for you,” said Trojan head coach Brian Dunlap. “He’s a veteran, an experienced kid and he has a lot of confidence. We can always count on him.”
The next closest non-Trojan to Fritz was Oskaloosa’s Blake Meislahn, who took the bronze with a toss of 117-05.
“I felt pretty good today,” Fritz said. “I had a good week of practice. (Teammates) Tristin Waugh, Trenton Hanen and I each put in two extra hours of throwing on Saturday and I think that paid off.”
To the delight of Fritz and Dunlap, it was Waugh who took silver in the discus, setting a new personal best with a toss of 120-6.
“Tristin keeps stepping up, doing better and improving at the meets,” Fritz said.
Waugh, a sophomore, said, “Now, I’d like to stay this consistent all year.”
The senior Hanen made a toss of 122-05, which took gold in JV action.
Fritz’s toss of 141-10 was his best of the season.
“It’s all basically physics,” Fritz explained. “You build on the momentum of getting the most time you can get in the ring. There’s the spinning and the more distance you travel, the more you wind up, the more power you put into your release, the farther you will throw.
“Plus, today, it was good to be home. Having no surprises in the ring helps.”
Fritz’s specialty is the discus but he also competes in the shot put and took the bronze on Tuesday with a 41-10.05 toss. Pekin’s Trever Northup took gold (46-04.5). Oskaloosa’s Blake Van Veldhuizen took silver (44-02). Hanen was fourth at 41-08.
“Our throwers,” said Dunlap, “as per usual, were very solid today.”