It was a rainy night in Benton.
But that didn’t seem to deter the Fairfield Falcons as they posted a 78-54 win over the visiting Lakeland Lakers Tuesday in NECC action.
One of the keys for the Falcons was a 16-2 swing in the throws. Falcon senior David Miller took first in shot out (46-5 1/2) and classmate Kyle Ostrander second (46-0 1/1) while Ostrander won discus (142-10) and Miller was second (140-10).
“I never expected that kind of point swing in the throws,” Fairfield coach Bob Miller said.
“One of the things we told the kids after the meet is this shows how every point in a meet like this is important.
“David (Miller) and Kyle (Ostrander) have been leading our throwers all season. They are getting better, but neither one is at their best yet. I’m looking forward to when they will be peeking. Both of them are very talented throwers.”
Senior Brett Baumgartner turned in his usual all-around effort by winning the 100 (11.92) and 200 (23.02) dashes and anchoring the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays to first-place finishes.
He teamed with freshman Mitch Dewitt, junior Cameron Kitson and senior Dillon Lockwood in the 4 x 100 (44.81) and with junior AJ Mast, sophomore Kegan Showalter and senior Alex Mast in the 400 (3:37.79).
“The 4 x 400 impressed me,” Miller said.
“Their time is a nice one and especially so since it came at the end of a meet on a very rainy night. It also has been a busy week for us.”
The Falcons won the Class B title at the Goshen Relays last Saturday for the fifth consecutive season and on Monday night defeated Central Noble 117-15 in a makeup conference meet.
“We have guys that are going to need a good day of rest on Wednesday,” Miller said.
“Competing on a night like this comes down to mental toughness and our guys rose to the occasion. I’m proud of them.”
Also winning individual events for the Falcons were senior Alex Mast 400 (53.26), senior Dillon Lockwood long jump (19-0) and junior Cameron Kitson 110 high hurdles (16.18) and pole vault (12-6).
Lakeland junior Joseph Trost won the 800 (2:06.40), 1,600 (4:46.30) and 3,200 (10:09.50).
4 x 800-METER RELAY — 1, Lakeland (Eric Herber, Mitch Herber, Mishael Theis, Joseph Trost) 8:47.40; 2, Fairfield 8:56.10.
110-METER HIGH HURDLES — 1, Cameron Kitson (F) 16.18; 2, AJ Mast (F) 17.19; 3, Taylor Raatz (L) 17.92.
100-METER DASH — 1, Brett Baumgartner (F) 11.92; 2, Joel Miller (L) 11.97; 3, Devin Dimos (L) 12.10.
1600-METER RUN — 1, Joseph Trost (L) 4:46.30; 2, Eric Herber (L) 4:47.40; 3, Alex Oberlin (F) 4:52.70.
4 x 100-METER RELAY — 1, Fairfield (Mitch Dewitt, Cameron Kitson, Dillon Lockwood, Brett Baumgartner) 44.81; 2, Lakeland 45.36.
400-METER DASH — 1, Alex Mast (F) 53.26; 2, Mitch Herber (F) 53.69. ,3, Kegan Showalter (F) 54.49.
300-METER HURDLES — 1, Taylor Raatz (L) 43.59.; 2, Nolan Miller (F) 44.69; 3, AJ Mast (F) 47,.23.
800-METER RUN — 1, Joseph Trost (L) 2:06.40; 2, Eric Herber (L) 2:08.10; 3, Adrian Torres (F) 2:10.10.
200-METER DASH — 1, Brett Baumgartner (F) 23.02; 2, Joel Miller (L) 24.45; 3, Dillon Lockwood (F) 24.69.
3200-METER RUN — 1, Joseph Trost (L) 10:09.50; 2, Alex Oberlin (F) 10:40.50; 3, Nate Miller (F) 10:47.60.
4 x 400-METER RELAY — 1, Fairfield (AJ Mast, Kegan Showalter, Alex Mast, Brett Baumgartner) 3:37.79; 2, Lakeland 3:45.80.
HIGH JUMP — 1, Tanner Oakley (L) 5-6; 2, Thomas Martin (F) 5-3; 3, Mitch Herber (L) 5-3.
LONG JUMP — 1, Dillon Lockwood (F) 19-0; 2, Mitch Dewitt (F) 18-10; 3, Todd Knote (F) 18-4 3/4.
POLE VAULT — 1, Cameron Kitson (F) 12-6; 2, Dylan Gust (L) 12-0; 3, Morgon Cosby (F) 12-0.
DISCUS — 1, Kyle Ostrander (F) 142-10; 2, David Miller (F) 140-10; 3, Evan Garretson (L) 138-2.
SHOT PUT — 1, David Miller (F) 46-5 1/2; 2, Kyle Ostrander (F) 46-0 1/2; 3, Devin Dimos (L) 41-0.
Fairfield 116, Lakeland 16
BENTON — Sophomore Taylor Stidham was a triple winner as the Fairfield Falcons were 116-16 winners over the Lakeland Lakers Tuesday in NECC high school girls track and field action at Lakeland.
Stidham took the 800 meters (2:30.60), 1,600 meters (5:57.18) and 3,200 meters (13:55.30).
“Taylor had her best times of the season in the 800 and 1,600,” Fairfield coach Darin Holsopple said. “That’s great considering the weather conditions were not very good and she ran four races in a meet on Monday night.”
A steady rain fell for most of the meet and combined with falling temperatures made for less than ideal conditions.
“It was very wet,” Holsopple said. “I’m really happy with the girls tonight. We had a meet on Monday and our legs were pretty heavy.
“I told the girls this is how we need to run. We lost a lot to graduation from last season. We had a lot of holes to fill, but girls have been stepping up and filling those holes. The key for us is not the girls that are finishing first, but the ones that are stepping up to get the seconds and thirds.”
The Falcons had three double winners as senior Sophie Brown captured the high jump (4-8) and pole vault (6-6), junior Eve Rohrer the 100 hurdles (17.63) and 300 hurdles (53.69) and junior Sierra Smith shot put (32-10) and discus (100-5).
Brown’s win in the pole vault was an example of how conditions were effected by the weather. Brown has an outdoor personal best of 12-0. Due to the rainy conditions she only vaulted enough to win the meet.
Brown has already signed a national letter of intent to compere for the University of South Florida next season.
“Sophie is one of our leaders,” Holsopple said.
“Sierra (Smith) is coming on in shot and discus. She had her personal best in shot (39-8 1/2) last night and her personal best in discus tonight.”
Freshman Chloe Armbruster won the 400 meters (1:07.54) and notched seconds in the 100 meters (15.15) and pole vault (6-0).
“Chloe had a nice night,” Holsopple said. “Her 100 and 400 times were best of the season.”
Also winning individual events for the Falcons were junior Nakia Haarer long jump (14-3 1/2) and freshman Riley Miller 200 (28.46).
“Riley is fast on the track,” Holsopple said.
Fairfield swept the three relays. Junior Jenna Kieper, freshman Katie Kieper, freshman Brooklyn Straw and sophomore Anastasia Suderman took the 4 x 800 (12:41.60); Brown, Haarer, sophomore Brittany Kitson and Miller the 4 x 100 (53.93); Kitson, junior Brooke Mast, Rohrer and Armbruster the 4 x 400 (4:38.27).
The Falcons will be back in action on Thursday with a home meet against West Noble.
4 x 800-METER RELAY — 1, Fairfield (Jenna Kiper, Katie Kieper, Brooklyn Straw, Anastasia Suderman) 12:41.60.
100-METER HURDLES — 1, Eva Rohrer (F) 17.63; 2, Jessica Miller (F) 18.73; 3, Massie Maskow (L) 20.82.
100-METER DASH — 1, Elexus Holmes (L) 14.05; 2, Chloe Armbruster (F) 15.15; 3, Nakia Haarer (F) 14.35.
1600-METER RUN — 1, Taylor Stidham (F) 5:57.18; 2, Jenna Kieper (F) 6:15.10; 3, Katie Kieper (F) 6:19.10.
4 x 100-METER RELAY — 1, Fairfield (Sophie Brown, Nakia Haarer, Brittany Kitson, Riley Miller) 53.93; 2, Lakeland 55.49.
400-METER DASH — 1, Chloe Armbruster (F) 1:07.54; 2, Brooke Mast (F) 1:07.89; 3, Emily Miller (F) 1:21.72.
300-METER HURDLES — 1, Eva Rohrer (F) 53.69; 2, Jessica Miller (F) 55.01; 3, Massie Maskow (L) 57.41.
800-METER RUN — 1, Taylor Stidham (F) 2:39.60; 2, Massie Maskow (L) 2>:39,90;. 3, Jenna Kieper (F) 2:52.30.
200-METER DASH — 1, Riley Miller (F) 28.46; 2, Elexus Holmes (L) 28.66; 3, Nakia Haarer (F) 30.01.
3200-METER RUN — 1, Taylor Stidham (F) 13:55.30; 2, Verena Bossaller (L) 13;10.00; 3, Julia Landes (F) 13:12.40.
4 x 400-METER RELAY — 1, Fairfield (Brittany Kitson, Brooke Mast, Eva Rohrer, Eva Armbruster) 4:38.27; 2, Lakeland 4:28.28.
HIGH JUMP — 1, Sophie Brown (F) 4-8; 2, Ellen Line (F) 4-8; 3, Micaela Snider (F) 4-6.
LONG JUMP — 1, Nakia Haarer (F) 14-3 1/2; 2, Danae Miller (F) 13-7; 3, Micaela Snider (F) 13-3 1/2.
POLE VAULT — 1, Sophie Brown (F) 6-6; 2, Chloe Armbruster (F) 6-0; 3, Brooke Mast (F) 6-0.
DISCUS — 1, Sierra Smith (F) 100-5; 2, Andrea Hager (F) 92-0; 3, Cosette Kahler (F) 81-1.
SHOT PUT — 1, Sierra Smith (F) 32-10; 2, Cosette Kahler (F) 31-0; 3, Andrea Hager (F) 29-8.
It was a rainy night in Benton.
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