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SEC track: Trojan boys score in every event, finish third

By MICHAEL LEACH, Ledger sports editor | May 01, 2013
Photo by: TRAVIS J. BROWN/GTNS photo Fairfield senior Daniel Schwarz clears the high jump bar during the Southeast Conference meet Tuesday in Washington. Schwarz eclipsed 6-feet, 4-inches to win the conference title.

The Trojan boys may not have won the 2013 Southeast Conference track meet on Tuesday, but they did earn some consolation in the eyes of Fairfield head coach Brian Dunlap.

“We scored in every single event in the meet, which shows a total team effort,” said Dunlap, noting the top five places score in the SEC meet, instead of the usual top six. “We maximized our points about as best we could, and I’m pleased with our effort. I thought our kids came back really well [from the previous night’s Brookhart-Crew Relays].”

Led by that total team effort, the Trojans tallied 69 points to finish third in the five-team field at Washington’s Case Field. Daniel Schwarz was responsible for the Trojans’ lone win, claiming first in the high jump, and his teammates earned four runner-up finishes.

Fort Madison won the conference title with 110 points for a 21-point victory, ending Mount Pleasant’s recent run of titles. The Panthers came in second with 89 points, while both Keokuk (54) and Washington (50) finished behind the Trojans.

The meet went as expected for Dunlap, who was most impressed by his sprinters and the field events Tuesday.

“When you see your conference foes almost meet in and meet out, you kind of know where you stack up. I thought our sprinters bounced back really well, and we had a good night in the field,” he said.

Schwarz jumped as expected in the high jump, where he avenged Monday’s loss to Mount Pleasant’s Logan Mulford. The fourth-place Drake medalist became a two-time SEC champ with a leap of 6-feet, 4-inches, while Mulford finished runner-up at 6 feet.

“Schwarz was off a bit at Brookhart, but last night he looked pretty good,” said Dunlap. “Everybody wants to go higher. The nice thing is we’ll have some time to focus on improving in practice.”

Second-place finishes were earned by seniors Brandon Taglauer and Dillon Fry, who were coming off wins at the Brookhart-Crew Relays on Monday. Taglauer claimed second place in the 3200 (11:02), and Fry set a personal best in the 400 in 52.98 seconds. Jonathan Hoehne, Mason Carnahan, Kooper Dahlstrom and Justin Hammes helped the 4x200 to second place (1:36.07), and Hoehne, Carnahan, Narendra Martin and Zach Martin finished second in the distance medley (3:56.63).

As usual, Jonny Swanson scored big for Fairfield in the hurdling events. The Trojan senior was third in both the 110-highs (15.41) and 400-lows (57.67), and he anchored the shuttle hurdle relay of Nick Jackson, Schwarz and Austin Francisco to third place (1:02.89).

Hammes earned third place in the 200 in 23.83 ticks, and the 4x800 team of Zach Martin, Riley Hammel, Zane Richmond and Alex Love tacked on a bronze medal in 8:59.

Gabe Jaquez returned to the lineup to claim fourth place in the discus (122’ 1.5”) and fellow senior Jake Mineart was fourth in both the discus (116’ 5”) and shot put (42’ 9.5”).

“You know the Mount Pleasant kids are going to go 1-2 in the throws, so everyone is competing for those final three spots. For our kids to step up and hand us some big points was great to see,” said Dunlap.

Dunlap said he hopes his team can turn its solid performances from the past two meets into even bigger results at the district meet, which is slated for May 9 at Mount Pleasant.

“We’ve had a really good week. The kids are at their best, and that’s what we train for: the month of May,” said Dunlap. “Now we have a chance to heal up and get fresh to hopefully have a good district meet next week.”

 

Southeast Conference — Boys

@ Washington

Winner plus Fairfield Placewinners

Discus — 1. Justin Dunn (MP, 165’ 0”), 4. Gabe Jaquez (122’ 1.5”), 5. Jake Mineart (116’ 5”)

Shot Put — 1. Emmett Wester (MP, 55’ 7”), 5. Jake Mineart (42’ 9.5”), 7. Gabe Jaquez (39’ 2”)

High Jump — 1. Daniel Schwarz (6’ 4”)

Long Jump — 1. Darrion Sanders (K, 22’ 2.5”), 5. Kooper Dahlstrom (18’ 1”), 6. Jonathan Hoehne (17’ 11”)

4x800-relay — 1. Fort Madison 8:33, 3. Fairfield (Martin, Hammel, Richmond, Love, 8:59)

3200-run — 1. Isaac Steffensmeier (FM, 10:47), 2. Brandon Taglauer (11:02)

Shuttle Hurdle-relay — 1. Mount Pleasant (59.34), 3. Fairfield (Jackson, Schwarz, Francisco, Swanson, 1:02.89)

100-dash — 1. Darrion Sanders (K, 11.23), 4. Justin Hammes (12.12), 9. Dakota Nye (12.64)

400-dash — 1. Jeremy Maldonado (FM, 52.15), 2. Dillon Fry (52.98), 7. Josiah Wilbur (56.04)

4x200-relay — 1. Washington (1:35.28), 2. Fairfield (Hoehne, Carnahan, Dahlstrom, Hammes, 1:36.07)

110-hurdles — 1. Tommy Thorne (15.00), 3. Jonny Swanson (15.41), 5. Austin Francisco (17.03)

1600-run — 1. Isaac Steffensmeier (FM, 4:39.72), 5. Brandon Taglauer (5:05.03), 6. Zane Richmond (5:09.76)

200-dash — 1. Darrion Sanders (K, 22.51), 3. Justin Hammes (23.83), 4. Dillon Fry (24.08)

400-hurdles — 1. Raheem Black (FM, 53.49), 3. Jonny Swanson (57.67), 7. Austin Francisco (1:05.82)

1600 Medley-relay — 1. Fort Madison (3:45.64), 2. Fairfield (Hoehne, Carnahan, N. Martin, Z. Martin, 3:56.63)

800-run — 1. Jeremy Maldonado (FM, 2:01.30), 4. Alex Love (2:11.44), 6. Riley Hammel (2:18.27)

4x100-relay — 1. Keokuk (45.06), 4. Fairfield (Dahlstrom, Nye, Hoehne, Hammes, 47.03)

4x400-relay — 1. Fort Madison (3:30.70), 4. Fairfield (Martin, Swanson, Wilbur, Fry, 3:36.34)

 

Final Team Standings — Boys

1. Fort Madison 110, 2. Mount Pleasant 89, 3. Fairfield 69, 4. Keokuk 54, 5. Washington 50

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