FAIRFIELD — One by one, the senior members of the Fairfield boys and girls track teams were introduced for the fourth and final time at the Brookhart-Crew Relays.

Except for Blair and Brittan Bowman. They were introduced together as the twin siblings shared the spotlight at Trojan Stadium.

The Bowmans, Ashley Bloomquist, Mallory Jones, Julia Fritz, Danae Drish (sidelined with a foot injury), Jillian Dunlap, Alexis Jones, Malory Jones, Mark Diers, Dylan Harvey, Caden Jones, Nathan Mathis, Dalton Rippey and Tristan Waugh were all honored in the middle of the 63rd running of the Fairfield High School home meet. On the track, the Trojans combined for five wins and 205.5 points with the Fairfield girls placing second (99) while the Fairfield boys placed third (106.5) in the tune-up for the Southeast Conference meet that will be held on Thursday back in Fairfield.

"We had a lot of personal bests in a variety of events. That's kind of what we do. We preach patience and preach performing at our best late in the season," Fairfield girls track coach Jerrod Belzer said. "This is a very special group of seniors. It was during their freshmen years that we combined our girls and boys programs. They were that first class to get in on that.

"They've had great attitudes and continue to work hard. We're going to miss who they are once this season is over."

While members of the Fairfield track team were honored, the Mount Pleasant girls and boys track teams were dominating. The Panthers combined for 19 wins in 37 different events with the Mount Pleasant girls beating Fairfield by 92 with a meet-best 191 points while the Panther boys scored 157.5 points, 44.5 ahead of Centerville.

The Davis County girls scored 79 points placing third with relay wins from teammates Stacy Wetterich, Hannah Schooley, Alyssa Shirkey and Sophie Spargur placing first in the 4x200 (1:52.34) and sprint medley (1:55.68). Africa Brandon also brought home the girls high jump title for the Mustangs, crossing the bar at height of 5 feet even.

"It's definitely a push towards our (South Central) conference meet," said Schooley, who also ran this past weekend at the Drake Relays. "We've all bonded really well as teammates and we've all sort of clicked in a variety of relays."

The Davis County boys finished fifth with 66 points. Jaxson Sharp had the highest finish for the Mustangs, placing second to Washington's Spencer Sotelo in the high jump with a leap of 20-4.75.

Of the five wins collected by Fairfield on Monday, four included wins by senior members of the Trojan track team. Ashley Bloomquist was part of two victories, leading off a win in the girls 4x800 relay with Mallory Lyon, Anna Dunlap and Hailey Pohren-Gevock bringing home the victory in a combined time of 10:34.32. Then, in her final Brookhart-Crew race, Bloomquist passed Mount Pleasant's Abby Ryon on the final lap to win the girls 1,500-meter run with a season-best time of 5:00.76.

"We made a goal going into this meet to try and hit five minutes flat. I was wondering coming in if that would even be possible right now," Bloomquist said. "With a lap to go, I still had something left in the tank. I decided to go ahead and use it all."

Between the wins on the track by Bloomquist, fellow Fairfield senior Julia Fritz was also producing a winning effort for the Trojans in the girls discus throw. Fritz topped Mount Pleasant's Alyssa Striegel by over 6 feet with a personal-best throw of 122-5.5.

"I knew, in my mind, that it would be the final time I would step in the ring here at home," Fritz said. "My mindset coming in was that I had to leave it all here. I needed to put in as much as I could. Mount Pleasant has some good throwers. They made me nervous. We were neck and neck for several throws, but I felt like this was my home meet and I needed to put in more. When I first heard 120 announced on my throw, I didn't hear anything else. I was so excited just to reach 120 feet."

Diers and Rippey were part of a special win for the Fairfield boys in the 4x800 relay, joining teammates Kevin Kretz and Alex Forrest to produce a time of 8:33.31. The win was the first for the Fairfield boys in the Dan Burnett 4x800 meter relay, one of four races on the night dedicated to community members that were part of the Fairfield Community School District.

The lone win for the Trojans that did not involve a senior did set a new record for the Brookhart-Crew Relays. Landon Kooiker matched his school record with a leap in the boys high jump over the bar at 6-7, matching Mount Pleasant's Sam Beatty but winning the title after making it over on the first attempt. Beatty needed two attempts to successfully clear 6-7.

Scott Jackson can be reached at sjackson@ottumwacourier.com. Follow him on Twitter@CourierScott.


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