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Trojan cross-country competes in Osky

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: ANGELA BLOOMQUIST Destiny Gridley

OSKALOOSA – Fairfield’s high school cross-country team ran at the Oskaloosa Invite Tuesday.

The varsity girls came in third with 116 points, behind second-place finisher Williamsburg with 83 points and winner Ottumwa with 33. Other scores were: Oskaloosa 126, Knoxville 130, Newton 136, Clear Creek Amana 192, Albia 196, Chariton 207, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 249 and Centerville 260.

The varsity boys came in fourth place with 111 points. Clear Creek Amana won with 30 points. Oskaloosa was second with 52, and Williamsburg was right behind with 56. Other scores were: Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 170, Albia 189, Knoxville 190, Chariton 205, Newton 215, Centerville 224, and Ottumwa 350.


Varsity girls

Junior Ashley Bloomquist led the way for Fairfield with a second-place finish, just behind Ottumwa’s Kylie Latham, who ran the race in 20:35. Bloomquist’s time was 20:53. Freshman Yana Gaskell had a great race, too, coming in sixth with a time of 22:05. Other finishers for Fairfield were: junior Malory Jones, 31st, 25:05; sophomore Hailey Pohren-Gevock, 36th, 25:42; senior Nicole Buch, 41st, 26:25; sophomore Destiny Gridley, 46th, 26:37; and senior Ella Pollet, 60th, 28:32.


JV girls

Freshman Claire Epperson was the top junior varsity finisher for the Trojans, stopping the watches at 27:20, good for seventh place. Freshman Devon Duke was 36th with a time of 41:22.


Varsity boys

Junior Mark Diers set the pace for the boys as he placed eighth with a time of 18:34. Junior Dalton Rippey was 18th with a time of 19:46. Other finishers were: freshman Alex Forrest, 23rd, 20:02; sophomore Bryan Wilkins, 27th, 20:06; senior Darren Roberts, 35th, 20:40; junior Dylan Harvey, 43rd, 21:02; and junior Shane Morrissey, 52nd, 21:32.


JV boys

Freshmen Blake Holden and Jakob Watson finished one after the other. Holden was 18th with a time of 21:40, and Watson was 19th with a time of 21:43. Other finishers were: freshman Brecken Courtright, 34th, 22:44; sophomore Jonah Cooper, 39th, 23:28; freshman Aidan Daugherty, 40th, 23:42; freshman Tommy Jones, 41st, 24:46; freshman Toby Oliver, 54th, 25:07; and senior Jackson Brown, 64th, 26:49.


Coach’s comments

Trojan coach Jerrod Belzer said he has been really pleased with how both teams have performed in the early going.

“Obviously, Ashley [Bloomquist] and Mark [Diers] are both having standout seasons, but their teammates behind them have been running pretty well, too. We have a couple freshman in particular in Yana Gaskell and Alex Forrest who have stepped up and are having great seasons in their own right.”

The Trojans run again at 5 p.m. this afternoon in Fort Madison.

Their following meet is Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant. That race begins at 4:30 p.m. Runners from Fairfield Middle School will join the high school at both races.

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