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Middle school boys finish fourth at home meet

May 02, 2013
Photo by: MICHAEL LEACH/Ledger photo Fairfield seventh-grader Hunter Drish, right, leads a Washington runner around the turn Tuesday during the Fairfield Relays at Trojan Stadium. The distance medley team of Drish, Blu Schultz, Dakota Storto and Max Sullivan placed first in the event with a time of 4:40.

Both the Fairfield Middle School seventh-grade boys and the eighth-grade team finished fourth in the team standings Tuesday at their home Fairfield Relays.

Fairfield’s eighth-graders scored 85.5 points to fall behind champion Mount Pleasant (142), Ottumwa (119) and Washington (115.5). The seventh-graders tallied 84 points to trail champion Mount Pleasant (147), Washington (101) and Keokuk (85).

The host eighth-graders made a big splash in the field events, where Michael Fritz won both the discus and shot put. Fritz topped the discus field with a throw of 143-feet, 10-inches, and he won the shot put at 39-feet, 11.25-inches. Cam Baumann was right behind Fritz in the discus and finished second at 139-feet, 4-inches, while classmate Chris Hanson finished third in the shot put with a far throw of 37-feet, 3.5-inches.

The Trojans also racked up a chunk of points on the track, including a first-place finish from the distance medley team of Baumann, Denver Schultz, Brayden Miller and Eric Swan (4:24). Austin Winslow, Navin Martin, James Bechtel and Elijah Parr finished third in the 4x800 (10:38); and the 4x200 team of Walker Allen, Schultz, Baumann and Miller was third (1:49). Fritz, Schultz, Baumann and Allen also tacked on a bronze-medal finish in the sprint medley (1:56).

For the seventh-graders, Steeler Higdon led the way with a win in the shot put (32’ 11”) and runner-up finish in the discus (90’ 6”). Max Sullivan anchored the distance medley team to a win in 4:40. Others on the winning relay included Blu Schultz, Hunter Drish and Dakota Storto.

Sullivan also finished runner-up in the open-800 in 2:35. Darren Roberts, Connor Ryan, Stetson Spees and Aaron Haines claimed second place in the 4x800 (11:01); as did Hunter Hoskins, Schultz, Storto and Higdon in the sprint medley (2:03).

Third-place finishes came from James Lyman in the 100-meter hurdles (17.97); and Graham Kuehl, Roberts, Hoskins and Haines in the 4x400 (4:48).

Next up for the FMS boys is the conference meet scheduled Friday in Mount Pleasant.

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