Trojan boys earn title in Bloomfield
BLOOMFIELD — Trailing host Davis County by two points headed into the final event of Tuesday’s Dennis Anderson Relays, the Trojan boys’ track team looked to senior captain Jonny Swanson and the 4x400.
The relay earned the two points Fairfield was looking for, beating the field and Davis County by nearly five seconds, to tie the host Mustangs for the meet title.
Jordan Reid, Zach Martin and Josiah Wilbur ran the first three legs before handing off to a waiting Swanson, who secured the victory with a 53-second split. Together, the foursome finished the race in 3:46.84 to help hand the Trojans their first meet title in years.
“Swanson got it with the lead, but it was close. He ran a fast split on the coldest part of the meet and at the end of a big day for him. That’s what you want your senior captain to do — to lead us — and he certainly did,” Fairfield head coach Brian Dunlap said.
Swanson also won the 110-hurdles in 15.30 seconds, and alongside Nick Jackson, Robert Cupp and Austin Francisco, Swanson anchored the shuttle hurdle relay team to victory in 1:06.33.
Overall, the Trojans won six events and finished in the top two in every relay to score 150 points. Pella, last year’s Dennis Anderson Relays champion, finished a distant third with 87 points.
The team victory was a long time coming, and Dunlap couldn’t even remember the last time Fairfield had taken home a meet plaque.
“I don’t know offhand, but we haven’t taken home a team trophy in quite a while. That was fun to do,” the head coach said. “I’m proud of the boys, and it’s the third-, fourth-, fifth-place finishes that win you a meet. Every point counts, and it was a total team effort.”
Not even the cold weather seemed to slow the Trojans down as they put up season bests in several events.
Junior Jonathan Hoehne, a newcomer to the squad this year, took home first place in the 100-dash (11.19). He also teamed up with Mason Carnahan, Kooper Dahlstrom and Justin Hammes for a first-place finish in the 4x200 (1:40.61).
To no one’s surprise, the Trojans also had a strong start in the field events, where Daniel Schwarz again blew away the high jump field. One meet after breaking his own school record, the senior again cleared the new high mark of 6-feet, 6-inches. The second closest competitor Tuesday had a high leap of 6-feet, 2-inches.
Jake Mineart, another senior, also placed third in both throws. Mineart threw the discus 113-feet, 1-inch, and he had a 41-feet, 2-inch mark in the shot put.
On the track, second-place individual finishes came from Hammes in the 100-dash (11.56) and Wilbur in the 400 (57.04).
Fairfield’s 4x800 relay team of Martin, Alex Love, Aaron Gevock and Zane Richmond broke the 9-minute mark to finish runner-up behind Davis County. The 1600 medley team of Jackson, Alex Christensen, Zach Martin and Gevock finished second (4:08), as did the 4x100 consisting of Carnahan, Hammes, Dahlstrom and Hoehne (47.98).
The Trojans also earned third-place individual finishes from Brandon Taglauer in the 3200 (10:59), Narendra Martin in the 400 (57.94) and Hammes in the 200 (24.09). Swanson placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.81, and Richmond finished the open 800 in 2:17.61 to earn bronze.
“It was one of those nights where you throw times out the window because of conditions, but I was really pleased with how they competed,” Dunlap said. “Despite the conditions, many kids ran some of the fastest times of their careers.”
Fairfield will be back in action Thursday at Washington.
Dennis Anderson Relays
Fairfield Individual Results
Discus — 3. Jake Mineart (113’ 1”)
Shot Put — 3. Jake Mineart (41’ 2”)
High Jump — 1. Daniel Schwarz (6’ 6”)
4x800-relay — 2. Fairfield (Love, Z. Martin, Gevock, Richmond, 8:58)
3200-run — 3. Brandon Taglauer (10:59)
Shuttle hurdle-relay — 1. Fairfield (Jackson, Cupp, Francisco, Swanson, 1:06.33)
100-dash — 1. Jonathan Hoehne (11.19), 2. Justin Hammes (11.56)
400-dash — 2. Josiah Wilbur (57.04), 3. Narendra Martin (57.94)
4x200-relay — 1. Fairfield (Carnahan, Dahlstrom, Hoehne, Hammes, 1:40.61)
110-hurdles — 1. Jonny Swanson (15.30)
1600-run — 4. Brandon Taglauer (5:15.34), 6. Alex Love (5:23.66)
200-dash — 3. Justin Hammes (24.09)
400-hurdles — 3. Jonny Swanson (1:01.81), 5. Josiah Wilbur (1:03.42)
1600 medley-relay — 2. Fairfield (Jackson, Christensen, Z. Martin, Gevock, 4:08.70)
800-run — 3. Zane Richmond (2:17.61)
4x100-relay — 2. Fairfield (Carnahan, Hammes, Dahlstrom, Hoehne, 47.98)
4x400-relay — 1. Fairfield (Reid, Z. Martin, Wilbur, Swanson, 3:46.84)
1. Fairfield 150, 2. Davis County 150, 3. Pella 87, 4. Scotland County (Mo.) 56, 5. Eddyville-Blakesburg 50, 6. Pella Christian 44, 7. Twin Cedars 21