Howard, Baumann lead Fairfield to hot start
DES MOINES — Fairfield’s Sydney Howard stumbled out of the blocks Thursday, found her footing and carried herself all the way to the front of the 100-meter dash prelims at the state track and field championships in Des Moines.
The preliminary victory in the 100 was the third in three seasons for the defending state champion, who also posted Class 3A’s fastest time in the 200-meter prelims Thursday.
Howard finished first in the 100 preliminaries in 12.64 seconds, beating the second fastest time set by ADM’s Kari Dufoe (12.73) by nearly one-tenth of a second. Just two hours later, Howard also crushed the field in the 200-meter prelims, clocking in with a blistering 25.48. Anamosa’s Olivia Loy had the second fastest preliminary time in the 200, qualifying for the finals in 25.70.
The Day 1 results provided a little déjà vu for Howard and the Trojans. Last season, Howard was clocked as the fastest girl in the 100 prelims, and she was second fastest in the 200 prelims. Of course, she later went on to claim both titles, winning the 100 finals in 12.46 and the 200 in 25.18.
“What a big day for Sydney,” Fairfield head coach Ron Hunerdosse said. “She’s a little bit different girl on that track. She’s been there, done that, and I think that helps calm her nerves a bit. I have no doubt she’ll be ready to go on Saturday.”
The 100 final is set for 12:15 p.m. Saturday, and the 200 final will follow at 1:25 p.m.
It was Sydney’s day. But it also was Sidney’s.
Before Howard even stepped foot on the track, senior teammate Sidney Baumann wrapped up her prep track and field career with a seventh-place finish in the discus throw.
Baumann earned the medal with a launch of 120 feet, placing her 4 feet ahead of the eighth-place thrower and less than 2 feet behind the sixth-place finisher.
Baumann, who finished 13th in 3A last season, eclipsed 119 feet on her first throw Thursday, and Hunerdosse said he “knew right then she had a good chance of being in the finals.”
On her third throw, Baumann hit 120 feet, and that mark held up for seventh.
“I guess you could say it was a day of the Sidneys (Sydneys),” said Hunerdosse.
Also in the field for Fairfield, Marisa Repp just missed out on placing in the high jump. Although Repp cleared the bar at 5 feet, so did 14 others and the junior fell back to 15th place.
The finish was an improvement for Repp, who ended up 17th in the event last year at 4-feet, 10-inches.
Rounding out Fairfield’s day was the 4x800, which took home 17th place in the race. Jessica Lamb, Taylor Ferrel, Hannah Sobaski and Sesali Martin teamed up for a 10:13 finish.
“They ran under their season best and it just didn’t happen for them,” Hunerdosse said of the 4x800. “Sobaski is done, and it’s been four years of really hard work for her. But the other senior, Jessica Lamb, has one more shot with the open-800.”