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'We were in sync'

By ALLAN MANDELL, Ledger sports editor | May 08, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Trojan Michael Fritz awaits the measurement of his final toss of the discus on Thursday. He soon found out his toss of 143 feet took the conference gold medal.

Every point counts.

That was one of the key messages delivered by the Fairfield coaches during practices last week leading up to the Southeast Conference Track and Field Meet on Thursday in Mt. Pleasant.

Every point counts.

It’s a big reason why Trojan boys’ head coach Brian Dunlap was beaming after the 800 sprint medley concluded.

No, Fairfield didn’t take first place. But the Fairfield quartet of Kosta Papazoglou, Alex Sisomphane, Hunter Drish and Leone Gichure-Marira finished the race in 1:42.60, capturing a silver medal behind champion Mt. Pleasant (1:39.32), and defeating third-place Keokuk (1:47.84), Fort Madison (1:51.90) and Washington.

“We had our handoffs down,” Papazoglou said. “We were in sync.”

Papazoglou led off and handed off to Sisomphane. Each ran 100 meters. Then Drish, running 200, took the baton.

“Our best place ever in this event before this meet was third place,” Drish said. “So we know we’re improving.”

Gichure-Marira made sure the quartet finished strong.

“Kosta gave us a great start,” Gichure-Marira said. “Alex kept things going and Hunter ran excellent at 200.”

Dunlap was impressed.

“All four legs were strong with great handoffs,” he said. “Hunter ran an outstanding 200. This was a nice finish for our guys. Runner-up in our conference is excellent.”


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