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Trojans run in Washington

By ANDY HALLMAN Ledger news editor | Sep 29, 2016
Photo by: AARON VINER/GTNS photo Fairfield’s Gannon Courtright, right, led the boys’ team at the Demon Relays in Washington with a time of 18:23, good for fifth place.

WASHINGTON, Iowa – The Trojan cross-country teams competed at the Demon Relays in Washington Tuesday afternoon.

The girls’ nemesis, Fort Madison, won the meet with 27 points to Fairfield’s 58. The boys came in fourth place, narrowly missing a bronze medal as they finished with 78 points to third-place Sigourney’s 74. Fort Madison won the boys’ side with 33 points.

Gannon Courtright earned one of the top spots on the leaderboard as he finished the 5 kilometer race in 18:23, good for fifth place. Darren Roberts finished just before Mark Diers, as the junior Roberts crossed the line at 19:13 while the sophomore Diers stopped the clock at 19:27.

Fairfield’s other runners were: Bryan Wilkins, 18th, 19:43; Elijah Parr, 28th, 20:28; Dalton Dippey, 33rd, 21:04; Jordan Towns, 35th, 21:19; Michael Holt, 37th, 21:21; Connor Ryan, 40th, 21:36; Caleb Heisel, 41st, 21:56; Shane Morrissey, 42nd, 21:57; Charles Heisel, 49th, 22:37; Jonah Cooper, 50th, 22:39; Carter Spalla, 54th, 23:26; David Burnett, 65th, 24:57.

Neither of the races for the top spot were particularly close. Fort Madison’s Aaron Steffensmeier broke the tape in 16:35, a full 78 seconds before Turner Klein of Keota.

In the girls’ race, Fort Madison’s Sierra Howardson stopped the watches at 19:07, 55 seconds ahead of her teammate Brett Schneider. The Trojans’ Ashley Bloomquist was a close third as she came in at 20:11. Ashlyn Elmore earned six points for the Trojans and crossed the line at 21:44.

Also running for Fairfield were: Maggie Ferrel, eighth, 22:24; Hailey Pohren-Gevock, 20th, 24:09; Shannon Morrissey, 21st, 24:39; Anuja Pharasi, 25th, 25:17; Ella Pollet, 27th, 25:29; Amiah Neff, 31st, 26:17; Savannah Kelley, 33rd, 26:19; Kylee Marlay, 40th, 27:05; Emily Hanna, 41st, 27:06; Katrina Cecchini, 45th, 29:39.


Middle school

Seventy-one boys and 60 girls ran in the middle school’s two-mile race in Washington. Alex Forrest was the top finishing boy as he completed his run in 11:57, good for the silver medal. The other boys were: Jakob Watson, 12th, 12:37; Blake Holden, 13th, 12:38; Isaac Rosales, 17th, 12:54; River Patterson, 25th, 13:31; Kevin Kretz, 30th, 13:46; and Brecken Courtright, 31st, 13:48.

Yana Gaskell was the Trojans’ lead representative on the girls’ side as she ran the course in 12:53 for third place. The others girls were: Autumn Lisk, 25th, 15:04; Delaney Breen, 27th, 15:12; Nellie Higdon, 43rd, 17:02; and Samara McLain, 47th, 17:36.


High School


Team    Place    Pts
Fort Madison    1st    33
Washington    2nd    64
Sigourney    3rd    74
Fairfield    4th    78
Highland    5th    173
Keokuk    6th    198


Team    Place    Pts
Fort Madison    1st    27
Fairfield    2nd    58
Washington    3rd    68
Sigourney    4th    145

Middle School

Team    Place    Pts
Burlington    1st    37
Fort Madison    2nd    51
Fairfield    3rd    69
Washington    4th    128
Mt. Pleasant    5th    138


Team    Place    Pts
Washington    1st    56
Fort Madison    2nd    72
Burlington    3rd    79
Mt. Pleasant    4th    83
Fairfield    5th    145

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