Trojans take no break on competing
Fairfield High School is on spring break.
But the Trojan girls’ track and field team took no break from being competitive.
Despite missing the majority of its athletes, Fairfield took first place in three events at West Burlington’s Falcon Relays on Tuesday.
“We as coaches were really pleased with our overall performance,” said Trojan head coach Jerrod Belzer. “We knew going in that we wouldn’t be able to compete in the points standings since we were missing 20 girls. But we talked about performing well in the events we were in.”
In the distance medley, senior Brynna Bowman and sophomores Alexis Jones, Malory Jones and Ashley Bloomquist dominated, winning by more than 24 seconds.
“The distance medley is very important to us,” Bowman said. “We made it to state last year in that event (with Bowman, Alexis Jones, Bloomquist and Kara Jeffrey) and we all want to make it to state again this year.
“Going into the race on Tuesday, even though we were facing some good teams, I felt we had a pretty good chance to win it.”
Bowman ran leadoff, Alexis Jones followed, Malory Jones ran third and Bloomquist anchored.
“The distance medley team was a solid group for us on Tuesday,” Belzer said. “They were girls with plenty of varsity experience.
“Brynna and Alexis got us out really well and Malory and Ashley ran strong legs and turned in good times. That’s an event that we should be good with all season.”
Later, in the 4x800, Fairfield took gold, again in dominating fashion, winning by over 20 seconds.
Sophomore Danae Drish ran leadoff, freshman Carly Ferrel followed, Bloomquist ran third and senior Ashlyn Elmore anchored.
“As for the 4x8, we set it up intentionally and talked with the girls about what each of them needed to do,” Belzer said. “All four of them did a nice job of running their races and getting the job done.
“I was really impressed with Danae and Carly. Danae got us out in great position and set a good tone for the rest of the race. Carly is a pretty talented freshman. She hung around the pack for the first 500 and then finished well.”
Bloomquist picked up her third gold medal of the day, winning the 1,500 with a time of 5:17.37, ahead of Mt. Pleasant’s freshman Abby Ryon (5:18.94).
“Ashley Bloomquist is becoming great about running each race with purpose,” Belzer said. “She knows that against different competition you have to run a little differently. Ryon has great endurance but not as good foot speed. Ashley took advantage of that and led the entire race, pulling away in the last 200.”
Said Bloomquist, “Overall, considering a lot of our girls were on vacation on Tuesday, I think we did really well as a team.”