Papazoglou, Drish stand out for FHS
The host Fairfield Trojans earned medals in seven running events en route to a respectable fourth-place finish at the Trojan Relays on Tuesday.
Pekin won the meet with 196 points, followed by Oskaloosa (151) and Davis County (128).
Fairfield had 117 points, defeating Van Buren (59) and Keokuk (41).
In the 100, Trojan Kosta Papazoglou took silver with a personal-best 11.61, just behind Pekin’s Dayne Eckley (11.15).
In the 200, Papazoglou took third (24.85) and teammate Alex Sisomphane fourth (25.56).
Fairfield’s Hunter Drish finished fourth in the 400 (57.11).
As expected, Pekin won all the running relays.
(For the entire meet results, including individual and team times, visit ffledger.com.)
Fairfield took bronze in the 4x100 (47.65), 4x400 (3:51.32) and 4x800 (9:25.85).
Papazoglou anchored the 4x100, Drish ran third, Connor Ryan second and Leone Gichure-Marira led off.
Gichure-Marira led off the 4x400, Mark Diers followed, Darren Roberts ran third and Drew Martin anchored.
Diers led off the 4x800, followed by Roberts, Martin and Bryan Wilkins.
Fairfield took silver in the 4x200 (1:42.69). Ashton Lankford led off, Matthew Swanson ran second, Ryan third and Dakota Storto anchored.
Perhaps Fairfield’s best relay performance came in the 800 sprint medley. Papazoglou led off, Ryan was second and Gichure-Marira third.
Drish was a highly effective anchor.
“Kosta led us off strong,” said Trojan head coach Brian Dunlap. “And Connor and Leone both ran strong. When Hunter Drish got the baton, we were in fourth place, and then Hunter pulled away to an easy second-place finish.”
Fairfield ended with a time of 1:44.21, behind the Panthers’ 1:41.33.
“Leone and I had a real good handoff, and that helped me get that split,” Drish said. “I was glad they put me at anchor.”