Trojans take quality over quantity at Brookhart-Crew RelaysTrojans use relays to prepare for conference meet
Sami Fritz took the baton and began to sprint.
Her mission seemed simple. Take the lead, build that lead, and then sustain the lead. She passed an opponent to take over first in the second turn, and then proceeded to execute her mission perfectly for the next two laps.
Fritz, along with teammates Marisa Repp, Mackenzie McClure and Kenady Waugh, won the distance medley by six seconds to give Fairfield its first win of the night Monday at the Brookhart-Crew Relays at Trojan Stadium.
The Trojans didn’t record many wins on the night, the only other victory coming from Fritz in the girls’ 1500-meter run. The girls finished third overall with 103 points, while the boys came in fourth with 79. Victories may not have been in the cards, but making serious improvements was. A host of Trojans recorded their best times of the year Monday, just in time for the Southeast Conference meet which will be ran in Fairfield on Thursday.
“By far the best conditions we’ve had to compete this season,” Fairfield boys’ coach Brian Dunlap said. “Because of that we saw a lot of season bests.”
The 4x800-meter relay team was one group with an impressive showing. Led by Zach Martin and anchored by Zane Richmond, three of four runners on that team achieved season highs and earned a third place finish.
“Our relays races were strong tonight,” Dunlap said. “Zach Martin led off the 4x800 with a season best and then came back to anchor the medley. He had a great night.”
Martin made a push down the final straightaway to give Fairfield third place in the medley relay. Austin Francisco got second in the 400-meter hurdles, and Jordan Reid won his heat in the 400-meter dash, finishing third overall with the time of 54.84.
“There’s no denying that you want to look good at home, and I thought we did that,” Dunlap said. “But like I told the guys, our two biggest meets are yet to come.”
On the girls’ side, Fairfield coach Ron Hunerdosse tried to use this meet as prep for regional qualifying. The coaching staff put runners in positions to get their best times in certain races while also testing the endurance of others. This meet was run with a strategy, and not necessarily to win the meet. Like Dunlap said, the biggest meets are yet to come.
“The conference meet will be ran completely different because we’ll have a bunch of JV races and there will be more rest time,” Hunerdosse said. “Tonight was the night to practice the conference meet with the kids. Some of it worked out good, some of it didn’t work out so good.”
Waugh, Emily Hanna, Maggie Ferrel and Gabrielle Kuehl were among the Trojans with season highs Monday.
Fairfield will host the conference meet Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant 162
Davis County 116
Ft. Madison 81
Nathan Haerr – Third in 3200-meter run (11:00.90), fifth in 1600-meter run (5:05.91)
Austin Francisco – Fifth in 110-meter hurdles (15.72), second in 400-meter hurdles (1:00.24)
100-Meter Dash: 4. Johnathan Hoehne (11.31), 5. Dakota Nye (11.59)
800-Meter Run: 5. Zane Richmond (2:10.29)
200-Meter Dash: 5. Federico Ferretti (23.53)
Discus: 5. Michael Fritz (125’)
4x200-Meter Relay: 3rd (1:35.20)
4x400-Meter Relay: 2nd (3:41.40)
Mt. Pleasant 177
Davis County 117
Fort Madison 55
Taylor Ferrel – Third in 3000-meter run (11:35.25), fourth in 400-meter dash (1:07.30)
Sydney Burnett – Fifth in 400-meter dash (13.22), fourth in long jump (14’8 3/4)
100-Meter Hurdles: 4. Marisa Repp (17.07), 5. Olivia Wallerich (17.58)
200-Meter Dash: 4. Gabrielle Kuehl (28.87), 5. Brynna Bowman (29.13)
High Jump: 3. Marisa Repp (4’8”)
Discus: 5. Madison Roberts (97’5”)
4x100-Meter Relay: 2nd (54.21)
Sprint Medley Relay: 3rd (1:58.41)