Like Davis County, Fairfield had plenty of success to spread around from the track to the other field events. The Trojan girls saw senior Sydney Howard return to state, sight of a pair of championship runs last year in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Howard showed the ability to defend both titles on Thursday, qualifying with the top preliminary time in both events. The Trojan sprinting star dashed home in the 100 prelim in a time of 12.64 seconds and came home first in the 200 in a time of 25.48. Howard will look to defend both titles Saturday.
Fellow Trojan senior Sidney Baumann came home in seventh in the 3A girls discus with a toss of 120 feet. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont also scored points on the boys side on Thursday as senior Drake Menius had an impressive fourth-place leap of 21-4 in the long jump.
Other top-10 finishes in the field on Thursday included a seventh-place toss in the 3A boys discus from Centerville junior Micheal Firkins with a toss of 154-4. Davis County senior Wyatt Garmon finished 10th for the Mustangs in the boys 2A shot put with a toss of 48-1.
Gwynne Wright will be getting to see plenty of the big blue oval in her trip to state. The Pekin freshman star, who will run in four of the longest girls races over the next three days, opened the day for the Panthers in a successful manner as Wright came home in fifth place in the 1A 3,000 meters in a time of 10:56.82.
Pekin senior Madanda Baker scored the Panthers' second top-10 finish in as many events, following Wright's run on the track by scoring a ninth-place finish in the 1A girls shot put with a toss of 35-3.5.
The Albia Blue Demons first of four relay teams also hit the track on Thursday evening, scoring a top-10 finish by coming home ninth in a time of 8:15.84. Oskaloosa sophomore Skyler DeJong also brought home a top-10 finish in the 3,200.