By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Bob Miller was rather surprised when he found out his Fairfield Falcons made Goshen Relays Class B history Saturday in the 71st running of the event at Foreman Field.
The Falcons amassed 99 points to capture a fifth straight B championship, something no school has ever done before.
“Really, I didn’t know that,” he said.
A year ago, the Falcons tied Mishawaka Marian (1971-74) and NorthWood (1992-95) by winning a fourth straight B title.
Fairfield’s win is even more remarkable when considering the Relays were only the team’s second meet during a spring plagued by cold and rainy conditions.
“We have enough veteran kids that I felt comfortable with our No. 1s and No. 2s,” the coach said. “But we also put some youngsters out there like Mitch DeWitt and Kegan Showalter that had great days. Still we were led by our seniors. We took some shots early on by not performing like we should have only to come back in other areas.”
Two individuals the coach highlighted were Cameron Kitson taking the 110-meter high hurdles (15.88) and Brett Baumgartner competing on a winning 4 x 200, a second-place 4 x 100 and a winning 4 x 400 relays.
“Both of them had great days,” Miller said.
Baumgartner’s efforts came after not making the finals of the 100-meter dash, an event in which he was the defending champion. He was 11th (11.79) in the preliminaries. The last spot in the 100 was 11.64.
“It was disappointing in a way, but last year I just made the 100 finals,” Baumgartner said. “The feeling didn’t last long since we won the 4 x 200 relay.”
About the five straight team titles.
“Track is a big thing at our school,” Baumgartner said. “We have a lot of respect for Coach Miller and we want to win for him.”
Goshen coach Brock Maust is impressed by the Fairfield program, “Bob (Miller) is such a great guy. His teams are so consistent. In Class B, the Falcons are still going up against so that are much larger and ones they don’t normally see.
“Bob has great kids, but the thing is he gets those kids ready to do anything for him. As a coach that is what we are all striving for.”
Kyle Ostrander won discus (153-3) for the Falcons.
“That was a big win for Kyle,” Miller said.
Ostrander was also third in shot put (49-9 1/2).
Saturday’s temperatures were chilly and winds were rather strong. The teams were also greeted with a trace of snow from overnight when they arrived early in the morning.
“I told the kids it’s snowing on every team, not just us,” Miller said.
Baumgartner, Dillon Lockwood, Showalter and Alex Mast finished first in a 4 x 200 (1:33.61); DeWitt, Kitson, Lockwood and Alex Mast in a sprint medley (1:40.07); AJ Mast, Alex Mast, Showalter and Baumgartner 4 x 400 (3:37.24) for the Falcons.
Lakeland finished third in the team standings (66 points), Westview fourth (64), Wawasee fifth (62), West Noble seventh (52), NorthWood eighth (43) and Jimtown 15th (34).
Lakeland had two wining relays as Mishael Theis, Joseph Torst, Mitch Herber and Eric Herber took a 4 x 800 (8:34.94) and a distance medley (11:29.98).
Westview was led by Nate Raber first in pole vault (15-0) and Trey Kennedy second (14-9). Lindon McDonald, Jaret Schlabach, Raber and Max Laughlin won a 4 x 200 relay (1:34.15).
Wawasee got a first from Adam Doll, Matt E. Miller, Jaxon Bame and Zach Cockrill in a distance medley relay (11:23.64) and one from Michael Pena, Jacob Hutshinson, JJ Gilmer and Clayton Cook in a 4 x 100 (46.13).
Devon Hunsberger of NorthWood was second high jump (6-2)
Brandon Arnold of West Noble won a 1,600 meters (4;38.42). Kam Bontrager, Erik Mawhorter, Logan Heintzelman and Jonathan Moreno captured a sprint medley (1:44.33).
Carter Gill of Jimtown won high Jump (6-3) and Devan Emerson was second in long jump (20-10 1/2).