Schwarz jumps up to fourth place at Drake
DES MOINES — Fairfield senior record holder Daniel Schwarz claimed a Drake Relays medal in his first ever appearance Thursday in the high jump.
Competing on Iowa’s biggest stage, Schwarz cleared 6-feet, 5-inches to tie for fourth place with Burlington’s Justin Randall. The result is no doubt a good omen for Schwarz, who was the top Class 3A jumper on Thursday and should be a frontrunner for the state title at the same site in May.
“It’s nice to get on the same stage that will be the venue for the state meet, and that result should give him some confidence,” Fairfield head coach Brian Dunlap said. “A medal at the Drake Relays is hard to come by, and now he has one and should be proud.”
Jeff Giannettino of West Burlington-Notre Dame won the event at 6-feet, 8-inches. Jared Seay of Johnston was second (6’ 7”) and Braydee Poore of Mount Ayr was third (6’ 7”).
Schwarz’ highest jump this season is 6-feet, 6-inches, which set a new FHS record in the event.
In other action, senior teammate Jonny Swanson finished fifth in his heat and, unofficially, 20th overall in the 110-meter hurdles Friday morning. Like Schwarz, the senior Trojan was a first time Drake qualifier.
Swanson, Schwarz and the rest of the Trojans host their home Brookhart-Crew Relays on Monday.
Wright runs for Pekin
Pekin freshman Gwynne Wright made her first trip to the Drake Relays and picked up a 20th place finish in the 3000 meters Thursday.
Wright, competing against the top runners in all four classes, finished the race in 11:12. Linn-Mar junior Stephanie Jenks won the race in 9:46.
Pekin’s 4x100 is set to compete at the relays today starting at 5:15 p.m.