Trojans are champions
The Fairfield Trojans were gracious hosts, good sports, as always, on Tuesday.
And in a good way, they were greedy hosts, too, earning the most medals of any other squad, while capturing the overall team championship in their home meet, the Fairfield Relays.
“We were very happy with how we performed as a team,” said Trojan Ashley Bloomquist. “Now that we’re done with spring break, we had our full team — and I think we showed what we can do.”
They can do a lot.
Among other highlights for Fairfield, Sam Fritz took silver in the 400, Maggie Ferrel earned bronze in the 3,000 and Aluna Olaniyi placed second in the 400 hurdles.
Jada Lippincott earned the gold medal in the shot put and Malory Jones took silver in the high jump.
Bloomquist won gold in the 1,500 with a time of 5:08.59 in a thriller over Sierra Howardson, of Fort Madison (5:09.04).
“I gave my final kick late and it paid off,” Bloomquist said.
Olaniyi, Fritz, Kara Jeffrey and Jones teamed up in the 4x400, winning the gold medal.
Trojan Jillian Dunlap sprinted out to a huge lead in the distance medley, was successfully followed by Grace Stever, Jeffrey and Bloomquist — and Fairfield won another gold.
“Ashley told me, ‘You start it and I’ll finish it,’” Dunlap said. “She got me fired up.”
Danae Drish, Fritz, Carly Ferrel and Bloomquist took silver in the 4x800.
In the 4x100 shuttle hurdle, Sarah Swanson, Olaniyi, Carin Corrick and Kristen Daugherty finished in second place.
Fairfield had 162 team points overall, Pekin was runner-up (141) and Oskaloosa finished third (131). Rounding out the field were Keokuk (104), Fort Madison (82) and Burlington (55).
“It helped us today that we were at home,” Jeffrey said.
“Overall,” said Bloomquist, “we’re pleased with how we did today. This was a good meet with some strong teams in it. We did very well.”