By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
GOSHEN — It’s one for the thumb today at the 71st running of the Goshen Relays as the Fairfield Falcons go for a fifth straight Class B championship at the prestigious high school boys track and field event.
The Falcons, under the direction of coach Bob Miller, had never won a Relays crown until the current streak began in 2009.
No team has ever won five in a row in Class B. Mishawaka Marian (1971-74), Concord (1979-82) and NorthWood (1992-95) are other with four straight.
Gary Roosevelt won six straight in A from 1985-89.
There was a first a year ago in Class A as Carroll and Warsaw tied for the top spot. There had never been a shared Class A title before. There have been two in B. Garrett and Rochester shared the title in 1956 while Goshen and Plymouth tied in 1987.
Action begins at 9 a.m. when high jump, long jump, pole vault, Class A discus and Class B shot put start. One A 4 x 800-meter relay followed by two B races are slated for 9:15. Trials in the 110 high hurdles and 100 meters are scheduled for 10.
Worker recognition, the recognition of the Honorary Referee Dean Slavens and crowning of the queen are at 11:45 a.m. and the national anthem at 11:55 a.m.
Running finals begin at noon with one A and two B distance medley relays (1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600); followed by two A and three B 4 x 200 relays, high hurdle finals, two A and three B 4 x 100 relays, two A and three B 1,600 meters, two A and three B sprint medley relays (100, 100, 200 and 400), 100 dashes and two A and three B 4 x 400 relays.
Admission is $5. The only entrance is the main one by the concession stand. The entrance north of the home bleachers will not be open. Fans are asked to park in the west parking lot.
A total of 16 teams are entered in Class A. Joining the host Redskins are Concord, Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Northridge, Carroll, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, LaPorte, Mishawaka, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend Washington and Warsaw.
There are 24 teams in B. Besides the defending champion Falcons other teams are Jimtown, Lakeland, NorthWood, Wawasee, West Noble, Westview, Bremen, Central Noble, Columbia City, Culver Military Academy, East Noble, Fremont, Garrett, Gary West Side, John Glenn, LaVille, Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Plymouth, Prairie Heights, South Bend St. Joseph, Wabash and Whitko.
Among the local individual B champions returning are senior Brett Baumgartner of Fairfield in the 100 meters (11.16) and junior Trey Kennedy of Westview in pole vault (14-3).