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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Kicking in Keokuk: Fairfield runs at conference meet

The Fairfield boys, girls each finish third at conference meet
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Oct 18, 2013
Courtesy of: Angie Lamb Fairfield’s Nathan Haerr, No. 74, left, runs beside a Mount Pleasant runner during the Southeast Conference meet Thursday in Keokuk.

Fairfield cross-country coach Jerrod Belzer led a confident group into the Southeast Conference meet Thursday in Keokuk.

“Running against our other conference schools as much as we do, we have a good idea of how everyone is capable of competing,” Belzer said. “Our mindset heading in is to always assume that the other teams will run their best race.”

Belzer cut back a little on the team’s practice time in order to conserve some energy.

“I’m very confident that our kids are right where they need to be heading into the championship part of the season,” Belzer said.

The other teams did indeed run their best races. Fort Madison and Mount Pleasant possess stellar boys’ and girls’ squads, and it showed on Thursday. The Panthers and Bloodhounds finished first and second in both races. Fairfield finished third in both races, with Keokuk and Washington taking fourth and fifth.

Fairfield’s Taylor Ferrel finished second in the girl’s race, just six seconds behind the first place finisher. Ferrel finished ninth in the conference race last year as a freshman. The strides she has made as a runner during her sophomore year are apparent.

“Taylor ran the best race of her career,” Belzer said. “She knew going in that she couldn’t play catch-up with Alvarez, so she got out great and dictated the pace for the first two miles. She obviously wanted to win, but she has nothing to hang her head about.”

Nathan Haerr ran a great race on the boy’s side, finishing fifth overall with the time of 16:36.

“He wanted that All-Conference honor pretty badly,” Belzer said of Haerr. “I was happy to see him run so well on a big stage.”

Taylor’s sister Maggie, a freshman this season, went down halfway through the race with an asthma attack. She got back up and finished out the race, placing 21st overall.

“It was good to see her get back and finish the race,” Belzer said. “She’s had such a great season, I didn’t want that to be the way she ended it.”

The Trojans will use momentum from this race going forward. Fairfield still has the district race to look forward to, which will be run Thursday.

 

Team Results

Boys

1. Fort Madison 27

2. Mount Pleasant 34

3. Fairfield 91

4. Washington 110

5. Keokuk 114

1st Place: Logan Murray, Mount Pleasant: 15:46

 

Girls

1. Mount Pleasant 27

2. Fort Madison 45

3. Fairfield 63

4. Washington 106

5. Keokuk 146

1st Place: Kaylee Alvarez, Fort Madison: 16:12

 

Girl's Times

2. Taylor Ferrel 16:18

12. Ashlyn Elmore 17:14

15. Chloe Spalla 17:49

16. Kylie Kurtz 17:58

18. Tracy Andermann 18:10

19. Abby Melcher 18:15

21. Maggie Ferrel 18:35

JV

4. Emily Hanna 19:04

5. Alyssa Fitch 19:05

6. Anuja Pharasi 19:08

10. Shannon Morrissey 19:34

13. Savannah Kelley 19:56

15. Ryan Pate 20:04

17. Emma Lemlin 20:28

19. Kylee Marlay 20:41

21. Allison Angstead 21:09

30. Sierra Vogt 23:57

The JV finished second overall.

 

Boy's Times

5. Nathan Haerr 16:34

18. Benjamin Boender 18:03

21. Jordan Van Dijk 18:28

23. Mitchell Burnstedt 18:42

24. Elijah Parr 18:55

30. Mitchell Taglauer 19:41

35. Nathan Thompson 20:42

JV

14. Wyatt Stark 19:44

20. Walker Allen 20:44

31. Gannon Haile 21:23

33. Collin Williams 21:58

34. Marshall Fiske 22:32

The JV finished fourth overall.

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