Senior class paces Fairfield boys in Pella
PELLA — The first indoor meets of the track season provide plenty of surprises for any coaching staff.
After all, the indoor season is the first opportunity coaches have to see their newcomers on a competitive stage. It was good news for Fairfield head coach Brian Dunlap, then, when most of his team’s surprises came back as positive ones at the Central College Indoor in Pella.
“We were able to take everyone available to us, and I still didn’t know what to expect out of a lot of them. For a lot of the freshmen it was the first indoor meet of their lives, and they did well,” Dunlap said.
Some of the team’s biggest highlights, however, weren’t surprising at all.
Fairfield senior and school record holder Daniel Schwarz earned first place in the high jump with a top clearance of 6-feet, 2-inches. Schwarz’s closest four competitors cleared the bar at 6-feet.
“There were a ton of entries in all the events, so to win an event [at the Central Indoor] says a lot,” Dunlap said of Schwarz. “He had a few good attempts at 6’4” and just missed clearing the mark. I’m sure his best is yet to come.”
Also no surprise to Dunlap was the team’s finish in the 55-meter hurdles, where senior Jonny Swanson and junior Austin Francisco earned a pair of top-20 times. Swanson qualified for the finals with a fifth-place preliminary time of 7.84, then improved on his initial time to take eighth place (7.81). Francisco just missed the finals cut and ended up 20th in 8.27.
“Swanson came back strong after struggling a bit in the first indoor, and Francisco did well to just miss the finals,” Dunlap said.
Zach Martin, Zane Richmond, Riley Hammel and Alex Love teamed up to finish ninth overall in the 4x800. Their time of 9:15 was one second ahead of rival Mount Pleasant, and they shaved seven seconds off the team’s season-opening time at the Demon Indoor.
Love’s split of 2:13 was fastest on the relay, while Martin set a new personal best of 2:17 in just his second meet ever.
“Love had the fastest indoor split of his career, and that’s encouraging,” Dunlap said. “The entire 4x800 ran a good race.”
In other relay action, the Trojans claimed 25th place in the 4x200. The team of Kooper Dahlstrom, Mason Carnahan, Jonathan Hoehne and Swanson completed the race in 1:43.98, placing them ahead of 34 other teams.
Fairfield senior Aaron Gevock displayed range with a pair of solid finishes in the 1600- and 3200-runs, as well. The senior opened his day with a 27th-place finish in the 3200 run (11:42), then closed it with a 19th-place time in the mile (5:20).
Gevock wasn’t the only Trojan tackling new events, either. Hoehne and freshman Jordan Reid tried the long jump for the first time this spring, and both finished in the top third of the 132-person field. Hoehne took 33rd (17’6”) while Reid was 44th (16’10”).
Hoehne had the Trojans’ fastest time in the 200-dash at 25.71 ticks, and he was second on Fairfield in the 55-dash, finishing 76th in 7.00. Meanwhile, Carnahan had Fairfield’s top time in the 55, clocking in at 45th in the massive 288-person field (6.84).
Josiah Wilbur and Reid also added a pair of top-40 finishes in the 400. Wilbur was 31st in 57.24 seconds, and Reid was right behind in 38th (57.97).
Weather permitting, Fairfield’s outdoor season begins Thursday at the Washington Relays.
Central College Indoor @ Pella
Long Jump — 33. Jonathan Hoehne (17’6”), 44. Jordan Reid (16’ 10”)
High Jump — 1. Daniel Schwarz (6’2”)
3200-run — 27. Aaron Gevock (11:42.50)
55-dash — 45. Mason Carnahan (6.84), 76. Jonathan Hoehne (7.00), 110. Jacob Unkrich (7.15), 110. Kooper Dahlstrom (7.15), 139. Nick Jackson (7.25), 153. Josiah Wilbur (7.31), 157. Dillon Laughlin (7.34), 187. Alex Christensen (7.45), 205. Robert Cupp (7.60), 233. Logan Angstead (7.84), 265. Martin Jennings (8.28)
55-hurdles (prelims) — 5. Jonny Swanson (7.84), 20. Austin Francisco (8.27)
55-hurdles (finals) — 8. Jonny Swanson (7.81)
4x800-relay — 9. Fairfield (Martin, Richmond, Hammel, Love, 9:15.53)
1600-run — 19. Aaron Gevock (5:20.91)
4x200-relay — 25. Fairfield ‘A’ (Dahlstrom, Carnahan, Hoehne, Swanson, 1:43.98), 36. Fairfield ‘B’ (Jackson, Christensen, Unkrich, Francisco, 1:45.93), 56. Fairfield ‘C’ (Pergeil, Jennings, Cupp, Van Dijk, 2:01.00)
400-dash — 31. Josiah Wilbur (57.24), 38. Jordan Reid (57.97), 44. Zach Martin (58.34), 61. Alex Love (59.60), 63. Zane Richmond (59.69), 76. Riley Hammel (1:00.48)
200-dash — 62. Jonathan Hoehne (25.71), 74. Zach Martin (26.06), 77. Zach Richmond (26.12), 86. Jacob Unkrich (26.24), 130. Daniel Schwarz (27.13), 148. Alex Love (27.45), 150. Riley Hammel (27.47), 163. Cheyten Johnson (27.90), 172. Dillon Laughlin (28.25), 175. Jordan Van Dijk (28.28), 186. Robert Cupp (28.78), 213. Logan Angstead (30.24), 224. Nick Pergeil (31.39)