Trojans take big leap
Fairfield’s Hunter Drish leaped 19 feet, capturing fifth place in the Long Jump at the 30-team Central College Boys High School Track and Field Meet in Pella on Friday.
“We found out the Long Jump will be a very good event for Hunter,” said Trojan head coach Brian Dunlap. “That was one of our big highlights of the night.”
And there were plenty of highlights.
Trojan Leone Gichure-Marira leaped 18-7.5, finishing 10th among the 59 competitors.
And Gichure-Marira took 28th out of 230 competitors in the 60-Meter Dash.
“For a freshman, Leone is way ahead of the curve,” Dunlap said. “He did really well in the 60 and the Long Jump. And he was solid in the relays.”
Gichure-Marira was anchor on Fairfield’s 4x200 relay squad, which captured fifth out of 38 teams. Drish led off and was followed by Max Sullivan and Connor Ryan.
“That was really nice work by all four of our runners,” Dunlap said. “But I was also very pleased with all of our relay teams throughout the whole meet.”
Drish, Gichure-Marira, Sullivan and anchor Darren Roberts took eighth out of 30 teams in the 4x400 Meter Relay.
Mark Diers, Drew Martin, Roberts and anchor Sullivan took seventh of 30 teams in the 4x800 Meter Relay.
Dunlap is looking for Fairfield to be a force in sprinting events, and was pleased with the Pella performances in the 60-Meter Dash by Ashton Lankford, Alex Sisomphane, Dakota Storto, Jonah Cooper, Tyler Palmer and Brittan Bowman.
Among other Trojans, Roberts, Matthew Swanson, Guisepie Smith and Nathan Mathis were competitive in the 200-Meter Dash.
Tristin Waugh had the farthest toss (35-7) in the Shot Put of four Trojan throwers. Dunlap said he was pleased with the work of Waugh and throwing teammates Kosta Papazoglou, Gage Hook and Jose Rojo.
Diers was a standout in the 800-Meter Run, finishing 18th out of 114 competitors.
“Mark Diers was again very solid for us,” Dunlap said. “He did an excellent job leading off our 4x800 and was strong all meet.”
Fairfield freshman Bryan Wilkins is emerging as a solid long-distance runner, competing well at Pella in three events.
Trojan Kyle Roberts was strong in the 60-Meter Hurdles, cutting his time from the previous week’s performance in Mt. Vernon.
“The key to this meet was, overall, we improved as a team in just one week,” Dunlap said. “That’s the key right now — make our throws farther and keep improving on our times.”