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Bloomquist runs down challenger

By Justin Webster | Sep 07, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield senior Ashley Bloomquist had to come-from-behind to catch Mt. Pleasant’s Abby Ryon to win by one second Thursday.

Fairfield hosted 20-plus schools Thursday night at Water Works Park for a massive cross country meet that had the perfect temperature and mist levels, just a little too much slick for the corners that made for a fun, muddy mess.


Girls A race

Pekin’s Remi Duwa finished first with a time of 21:17, followed by top ten finishes by teammates Lauren Derscheid, fifth in 22:06, Maddie Black, seventh in 22:18, and Emily Laumeyer, 10th in 22:43. Van Buren’s Faith Neely also finished in the top-10 with a sixth place time of 22:13.



1st Remi Duwa 21:17

5th Lauren Derscheid 22:06

7th Maddie Black 22:18

10th Emily Laumeyer 22:43

12th Sarah Eubanks 23:07

19th Mia Clark 23:55

20th Hollie Loper 23:55

Van Buren

6th Faith Neeley 22:13

15th Audrey Smith 23:29

16th Codi Welch 23:42

17th Kylee Bass 23:43


30th Allison Sloan 25:34

36th Katelyn McDaniel 26:56

37th Alexia McClure 26:57

40th Lauren Snyder 27:49

52nd Araceli Zaragoza-Tapetillo NT


Cardinal’s Zaragoza-Tapetillo said after the race, “This is my first year running cross country and I cut a minute off of my first meet with just four days of practice.”

She also shared her strategy, something she borrows from band.

“I’m not used to running 3.5 miles, but it's easier to plan on running 30 minutes straight and I’m a huge band geek so I just count 1-2-3-4 or count to 100 over and over.”


Boys A race

Brady Millikin finished first in 17:03 to capture the small school race.

“I went into it just seeing what would happen,” said Millikin, who added, “I was first and then just kept going. It was good weather other than it’s muddy, but the mist is refreshing as you run the course.”

Colten Glosser was third overall in 17:50, followed by Van Buren’s Jonah Heckenberg 18:21 for sixth place, Tanner Conger of Pekin who was seventh in 18:45 and the Panthers Zach Wise who finished eighth overall in 18:53 to wrap up the local top-10 finishers.

“Normally I’m not this fast,” admitted the freshman Wise, “but this is my first varsity race and I tried to kick up my pace. The cool feels nice, but the wet corners and mud aren’t the best for cross country.”


1st Brady Millikin 17:03

3rd Colten Glosser 17:50

7th Tanner Conger 18:45

8th Zach Wise 18:53

12th Simeon Buie 19:48

Van Buren

6th Jonah Heckenberg 18:21

13th John Orndoff 19:50

15th Ian Peacock 20:03

19th Clay Neeley 20:14

27th Isaac Caston 20:45


21st Gavin Grove 20:37

29th Gunner Zugg 21:04

45th Griffen Sackman 23:38

52nd Jimmy Greer 24:46

54th Tony Castle 25:17


Boys AA race

Fairfield had three of the top-10 times and five of the top 17 finishers overall as they edged Oskaloosa for the team title with 56 points versus the Indians 61.


Trojan boys

6th Alex Forrest 17:39

8th Dalton Rippey 18:03

10th Mark Diers 18:10

15th Dylan Harvey 18:44

17th Kaidyn Mickels 18:48


“The boys are running as a pack and have seen that develop really well,” explained Fairfield head coach Jerrod Belzer.

“On Tuesday, we had just 39 seconds between our 1-5 guys and our goal is always a minute or less. We’ve also been beating some guys that we haven’t in previous years or even this season and I told them that the harder they work the more of a target the will get on their back.”


Girls AA race

The main event for locals looking to see our multi-terrain speedster in FHS senior Ashley Bloomquist.

The three-sport standout did not disappoint as she tracked down Mt. Pleasant’s Abby Ryon twice after holding her at her hip most of the race, to win by a single second in front of her home crowd that had gathered at the finish.

“We started off and Abby was right on my shoulder the whole race,” described Bloomquist.

“We ran together across the dam and into the woods and she started to pull away and then I hit the crowd and I decided to surge past her just enough to get around her.

She stayed on my hip before she started to pull away again. The second time was basically just a repeat of the first and then at the end I just kind of thought ‘I have enough left to go get her,’ so I just put the hammer down and gave it everything I had left and basically got her at the end.”

The Trojan triumphed with a time of 19:20, ahead of the Panthers Ryon who crossed in 19:21.

“Every course is different but with training I am hoping to keep taking chunks off and progressively keep getting faster,” said Bloomquist.

“I wish I had more people running with me at the start of the season but the end of the season is more important and if I have to run alone I will, but it’s more fun to have some competition.”

Coach Belzer reiterated that while the Trojans are strong up front, they are still learning the sport at the bottom half of the roster.

“We had five girls, half of the team, that had never run cross country before this year,” said Belzer.

“We really do try to embrace the team aspect, like track and field and wrestling where it’s solo sometimes but really is a team sport.”


Trojan girls

1st Ashley Bloomquist 19:20

11th Yana Gaskell 21:50

29th Hailey Pohren- Gevock 23:43

31st Delaney Breen 23:47

38th Destiney Gridley 24:22

46th Mahayla Mellott-Rodibaugh 25:68

50th Claire Epperson 26:57

Fairfield will run next at Oskaloosa Sept. 11.

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