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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 11, 2016

Girls fourth, boys sixth at IMS invite

By ANDY HALLMAN Ledger news editor | Oct 04, 2016
Photo by: AARON VINER/GTNS photo Mark Diers, center, finished Monday’s race in 26th place, just behind teammate Darren Roberts who finished 25th.

WELLMAN – Fairfield High School cross-country coach Jerrod Belzer said he was pleased with how his team ran at the IMS Invitational Monday in Wellman.

The girls finished fourth just behind Williamsburg. The Trojans had 97 points while the Raiders had 96. Solon won the meet with 54 points.

Mid-Prairie dominated the boys’ division, taking the top three places on its way to winning easily with 28 points to the next best finisher Clear Creek-Amana with 62. Fairfield placed in the middle of the pack, sixth with 157 points, out of 12 teams.

Ashley Bloomquist ran the 5-kilometer race in 20:18 for third place, just ahead of Washington’s Claire Horak. Ashlyn Elmore finished 12th with a time of 21:47. Maggie Ferrel finished 18th with a time of 22:17. The other finishers and their times were: Nicole Buch, 32nd, 23:49; Hailey Pohren-Gevock, 34th, 24:00; Shannon Morrissey, 38th, 24:35; Anuja Pharasi, 51st, 26:31;

“Ashley Bloomquist really stood out last night,” said Belzer. “She’s certainly had a great season but I thought she competed and showed some real toughness last night. She ran hard from the gun to the finish line and out-willed Horak in the last 600 meters. That’s the kind of race she needs to finish the regular season. Ashlyn had another solid race for us as well. She’s very quietly having another solid year. There’s never any holding back for her and that will pay off here in the next couple weeks.”

The times for the varsity boys were not reported to the media, only their placings. Gannon Courtright finished in 14th to lead the Trojans. Darren Roberts and Mark Diers were neck-and-neck. Roberts ultimately finished 25th while Diers finished 26th. Brian Wilkins came in 46th. Elijah Parr was 48th and Dylan Harvey was 53rd. Dalton Rippey finished 56th.

“Gannon did a great job once again pacing the boys for us,” said the coach. “He always gives it 100 percent and that’s fun to watch. He’s not afraid to push himself mentally or physically.”

Michael Holt was the Trojans’ lead representative in the junior varsity boys race as he came in at 20:35, good for 12th. The other JV boys were: Jordan Town, 30th, 21:46; Charles Heisel, 32nd, 21:46; Connor Ryan, 39th, 22:19; Caleb Heisel, 42nd, 22:33; Carter Spalla, 46th, 22:42; Jonah Cooper, 49th, 22:59; and David Burrell-Burnett, 65th, 25:27.

Emily Hanna paced the junior varsity girls, coming in 15th with a time of 25:42. Ella Pollet and Savannah Kelley finished within three seconds of each other, as Pollet crossed the line in 25:49 for 17th while Kelley came in at 25:52 for 18th. The other JV runners were: Kylee Marlay, 21st, 26:11; Amiah Neff, 25th, 27:32; Mikaela Lunsford, 34th, 29:56 and Katrina Cecchini, 35th, 30:06.

Fairfield’s middle school boys finished third with 61 points. South East won the meet with 19. Fairfield’s middle school girls finished seventh. South East won that meet, too, this time with 26 points.

Middle school students run 3,200 meters, which is close to 2 miles. Yana Gaskell led the junior high Trojan girls’ team with a time of 13:40 to finish third. Samara McLain came in 70th with a time of 17:27. The other finishers were: Autumn Lisk, 73rd, 17:38; Nellie Higdon, 76th, 17:58; and Gerda Fisk, 93rd, 20:06.

Alex Forrest was the top finisher among the Trojan junior high boys as he crossed the finish line in 12:05 for third place. The other Trojans were: Blake Holden, 18th, 13:11; Jakob Watson, 21st, 13:14; Isaac Rosales, 28th, 13:38; Kevin Kretz, 49th, 14:23; Aidan Daugherty, 50th, 14:25; and River Patterson, 54th, 14:34.

“It can be a tough course if they’re not aggressive on the hills, but I thought we ran it well and did a good job of competing,” said Belzer. “There’s no shortage of high quality teams there, but that’s what we need at this point in the season. We need to be pushed by good runners and good teams. Those kinds of meets make us better in these last few weeks.”

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