One person that wasn’t surprised was Schwartz’s head coach. Fairfield boys track coach Brian Dunlap has seen his senior high jumper show tremendous resilience after costing himself an entire season that could have resulted in a championship campaign as a junior.
“He placed at state in this event as sophomore, then missed all of last season after being suspended because of a disciplinary situation,” Dunlap said. “You just don’t know how a person is going to respond to something like that. I give Daniel a ton of credit. He worked hard to come back and continue right along being the kind of athlete we all knew he was capable of being.”
“I’m not shocked he won this. He’s been one of the best high jumpers in the entire state all season.”
Schwartz’s accomplishment was even more impressive considering he had to hit the track midway through the 3A boys long jump Thursday afternoon to compete as the anchor in Fairfield’s shuttle hurdle preliminary team. Despite having to miss one jump, Schwartz made it back to continue on in the competition without missing a beat on the way to the state title.
“The only thing that concerned me there was, with that race, he could have struck a hurdle and gotten pretty banged up,” Dunlap said. “Fortunately, he ran his leg and kept on performing in the high jump without having a lapse in either event.”
Schwartz sat back after completing his career on Thursday with the state title, watching his Fairfield teammates continue competing after being placed sixth after day one thanks to the 10 state title points picked up by the senior.
Schwartz watched his Fairfield teammate, Jonny Swanson, have a successful day of his own as the Trojan senior added a team point of his own with an eighth-place run in the boys 3A 400 hurdle finals. That run of 55.58 was quickly followed by an even better showing in the 110 hurdle prelims. Swanson qualified for this afternoon’s finals with the fifth-best time of 15.17 seconds.