Pekin finishes fifth, Trojans sixth at Denny White Relays
MOUNT PLEASANT — Overall health trumped points Thursday as the Fairfield boys played it safe and left with six races to go at the cold and dreary Denny White Relays in Mount Pleasant.
The Trojans, who packed up between the 200-meter dash and 400-hurdles, managed to win two events and score 69 points, placing sixth in the eight-team Class A field.
“It wasn’t a good night from the get-go, and it only got worse. The wind chills were below freezing, and I thought the conditions were putting the team at risk,” said Fairfield head coach Brian Dunlap. “I didn’t like leaving the meet early, but I think I did the right thing.”
Despite the poor running conditions and entering the meet without four of their top athletes, the Trojans still posted several impressive marks on the track and in the field.
Dunlap’s pick for the highlight of the night went to Austin Francisco, who surprised the 200-meter dash field with a victory in 24.97 seconds. Dunlap said the junior looked like a natural in the race even though he’s primarily been a hurdler on the team.
“He’s a tall kid with a good stride length, and that’s why I put him in there,” said Dunlap. “After that, I could see him being a big part of our sprints going forward.”
The Trojans’ other victory came from senior Daniel Schwarz in the high jump. Schwarz leapt 6-feet, 4-inches in the event to not only win his division by 4 inches, but hang right with West Burlington’s Jeff Giannettino, who has cleared 6-feet, 8-inches this spring.
“Schwarz got a chance to go against one of the best jumpers in the state, and he went head to head with him,” said Dunlap. Giannettino finished at 6-feet, 4-inches to win Class B.
The Trojans also received a third-place finish from Jonathan Hoehne in the 200-dash, who finished half a second behind Francisco in 25.45. The 100-meter dash supplied a three-four finish with Justin Hammes finishing third (12.24) and Hoehne taking fourth (12.37).
“The sprints were good to us on a night that wasn’t ideal for sprinters,” Dunlap said. “Anytime you can double up in the two sprints it’s a pretty good night.”
Jonny Swanson earned six points for Fairfield in the 110-highs, claiming third place in 15.65. Swanson, Francisco, Schwarz and Nick Jackson finished the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:04.91 for fourth place.
Fellow Jefferson County team Pekin also competed in the Class A division, and while the Panthers didn’t win any events, they finished ahead of the Trojans in fifth place with 83 points.
The Panthers earned a pair of second-place finishes from freshman Chase Copeland in the 100 (12.06) and Scott Entsminger in the long jump (18’ 6”). The 4x200 featuring Copeland, Keaton Winn, Christian Wittrock and Quentin Garrels also finished second in 1:38.07.
Third-place results included Chase Earnest in the high jump (5’ 8”) and the 4x800 team of Graham Wittrock, Austin Fariss, Cade Millikin and Eli Harper (8:54).
Host Mount Pleasant won the Class A team title with 143.5 points. Fort Madison tallied 123 for second and third-place Mediapolis scored 109.5 points.
Pekin is hosting the Panther Relays on Monday. Fairfield returns to the track Tuesday at the Don Newell Relays in Ottumwa.
Denny White Relays
Fairfield Individual Results
High Jump — 1. Daniel Schwarz (6’ 4”)
Shot Put — 12. Jake Mineart (37’ 6.75”), 16. Justin Leonard (30’ 6.5”)
Discus — 7. Jake Mineart (122’ 8”), 12. Justin Leonard (102’ 10”)
4x800-relay — 5. Fairfield (Z. Martin, Gevock, Richmond, Love, 9:10)
3200-run — 5. Brandon Taglauer (11:25)
Shuttle Hurdle-relay — 4. Fairfield (Jackson, Schwarz, Francisco, Swanson, 1:04.91)
100-dash — 3. Justin Hammes (12.24), 4. Jonathan Hoehne (12.37)
400-dash — 6. Jordan Reid (57.74)
4x200-relay — 6. Fairfield (Jackson, Dahlstrom, Hoehne, Hammes, 1:40.49)
110-hurdles — 3. Jonny Swanson (15.65), 5. Austin Francisco (16.87)
1600-run — 8. Brandon Taglauer (5:13.76), 10. Aaron Gevock (5:15.92)
200-dash — 1. Austin Francisco (24.97), 3. Jonathan Hoehne (25.45)
Class A Team Standings
1. Mount Pleasant 143.5, 2. Fort Madison 123, 3. Mediapolis 109.5, 4. Centerville 103, 5. Pekin 83, 6. Fairfield 69, 7. Washington 35, 8. Keokuk 23
Cardinal, Van Buren compete in Class B
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Cardinal boys’ track and field team finished seventh out of 11 teams in a tough Class B field at the Denny White Relays Thursday night.
Cardinal tallied 63.5 points in the meet. West Burlington/Notre Dame won the Class B field with 140.5 points.
Cardinal’s Nathan Yeager ran the 200-meter dash in 24.99 ticks to finish second in the event. The shuttle hurdle relay team made up of Jonathan Pedersen, Neil Urtado, Justin Conger and Tyler Albert also earned a runner-up finish in 1:07.49.
Albert took home third place in the long jump (18’ 10”) and 110-meter high hurdles (17.39).
Van Buren also was in Class B and tallied 41 points to end up eighth.
The Warriors’ 4x800 of Brayden Starnes, Garrett Saunders, Wyatt Cole and Thomas Fitzsimmons had the team’s top finish, taking first with a time of 8:57. Saunders, Starnes and Fitzsimmons also joined Jesse Fuller for a second-place finish in the 4x400 in 3:50.69.
Cardinal will join up with Pekin at the Panther Relays, while Van Buren is scheduled to run at Central Lee on Monday.
Class B Team Standings
1. West Burlington/Notre Dame 140.5, 2. Wapello 80, 3. Winfield-Mount Union 78, 4. Louisa-Muscatine 75, 5. WACO 72.5, 6. Central Lee 69.5, 7. Cardinal 63.5, 8. Van Buren 41, 9. Mount Pleasant JV 32, 10. Danville 23, 11. New London 23