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Fairfield track and field celebrates season

By Justin Webster | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo The Fairfield track and field award winners are, from left, front row, Jillian Dunlap, Olivia Jones and Ashley Bloomquist; second row: Alex Forrest, Max Sullivan, Mark Diers, Steeler Higdon, Landon Kooiker, Connor Ryan, Kristen Daughtery and Julia Fritz. Not pictured: Aluna Olaniyi and Sophie Wallerich.

The Fairfield track and field teams held their postseason awards banquet Sunday night at Jefferson County Park with 30-40 kids and coaches in attendance.

 

Awards

Leadership: Jill Dunlap and Kristen Daughtery

 

Rookie of the Year: Olivia Jones and Sophie Wallerich

 

MVP: Landon Kooiker, Ashley Bloomquist and Aluna Olaniyi

 

Captain: Max Sullivan

Dan Burnett award: Mark Diers

 

Coaches award: Connor Ryan

 

Most Improved: Alex Forrest and Julia Fritz

 

Top newcomer: Steeler Higdon

 

Some of the student-athletes took a moment to reflect on their favorite moments and summer workout plans.

 

Landon Kooiker, Class of 2020

“I could say a lot of things. I like pushing each other in practice but if I had to say one thing in particular, it’d probably be something to do with the 400. Either the 4x400 or anchoring the sprint medley, I’ve always loved running 400s, just going out there and putting everything on the line.”

Kooiker plans to lift to get stronger for all sports, along with running as much as he can.

 

Blair Bowman, Class of 2019

“Preparing for the meets is my favorite part, especially the long jump. I listen to Jay Z and Drake and just have a heart-to-heart conversation with my jumping coach.”

Bowman plans to do lots of swimming and running as the swim season begins right before school starts.

 

Kristen Daugherty, Class of 2018

“Just getting to run with my shuttle hurdle teammates and going to state.”

Daugherty is hoping to stick around for the summer and stay fit and active with the high schoolers.

 

Ashley Bloomquist, Class of 2019

“Being able to move up in the record books was a big thing for me. Although I didn’t set the record, I am sitting at No. 2 which gives me something to work for next yea. I’m happy with how it ended up.”

Bloomquist wants to be a top-10 finisher at the state cross country meet in the fall and will be running non-stop over the summer. In fact, Head Coach Jerrod Belzer gave her a packet that breaks down her weeks day-by-day.

Reaching state in basketball for the second straight year is also a goal, although she thinks she’ll need to “Still be aggressive, but a little cleaner than last year,” as she led the team in fouls.

“Fouls are going to happen, it’s part of the game and I’m still going to be aggressive.”

She also wants to improve her scoring and lead the team in rebounds.

A year from now, she hopes to capture the record in the 3000 and medal at state which would be a top-8 finish.

She doesn’t anticipate a major growth spurt, but she does want to get into increase her endurance and foot speed.

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