By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
And the streak goes on.
The Fairfield Falcons captured a fifth straight team championship in the 24th annual Goshen Girls Relays for high school track and field Saturday at Foreman Field.
“It feels awesome,” Fairfield senior Cosette Kahler said. “Our coaches are the best. They push us to do our best, but we have fun. We don’t get too serious.
“We came in with the goal of repeating. It’s a motivating factor for us to come in here and beat schools that are bigger than we are.”
The Falcons finished with 95 points. Plymouth and Bremen tied for second with 82 1/2, followed by New Prairie 61, Whitko 59 1/2, NorthWood 57, Wawasee 56, Goshen 53, Jimtown 46 1/2, Mishawaka Marian 43 1/2, John Glenn 33 and South Bend Washington 21 1/2.
“I told the girls Friday in practice that this team has never won the Goshen Relays,” Fairfield coach Darin Holsopple said. “This is a different team than the one that won here a year ago. We had a lot of new ones step up. This win gives us a better idea of who we are.”
Goshen placed fifth in the team standings last year.
“Eighth is not where we wanted to finish,” Goshen coach Brock Maust said. “We are dealing with some injuries and we were missing some girls today due to music contests.”
Maust is in his first season as the GHS girls and boys coach. He has been the boys coach for 10 years.
“Today was a good way for us to see where we stand and for us to see the areas where we need to improve,” the coach said.
Winning events for Fairfield were junior Eva Rohrer 100 hurdles (16.87), junior Sierra Smith discus (111-2), senior Sophie Brown, freshman Jessica Miller, junior Nakia Haarer and freshman Riley Miller a 4 x 100 relay (52.60); Haarer, Jessica Miller, Riley Miller and junior Brooke Mast an 800 sprint medley relay (1:59.16).
“We have enough depth on our team to fill all of the relays and to be competitive in them,” Holsopple said.
The win in the 100 hurdles by Rohrer and a fifth from Jessica Miller (17.44) was a key point in the meet.
“Our lead really increased after the 100 hurdles,” Holsopple said. “We got some separation and that’s when I knew we were going to win.”
At one point during the meet, announcer Nate Duell informed the fans that the top five teams were separated by a mere four points.
Rohrer seems to like running at Foreman Field.
“I wish she could run every hurdle race on this track,” Holsopple said. “She was smoking. A year ago, she ran a personal best by one second and today improved by another half-second.”
Kahler placed second in shot put (34-6).
“Cosette had not been throwing well until she got to her last attempt,” Holsopple said. “That is when her toss moved her all the way up to second place.”
Kahler was sixth (32-4) after the preliminaries.
Kaley Gann of Bremen won the high-point trophy with 18 1/2 points. She finished first in long jump (15-11 1/2) for 10 points, placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.27) for six and ran on a winning 4 x 100 relay (52.17) for 2 1/2.
She finished ahead of her teammates Jasmine Schafer (17 1/2) and Katelyn Aguayo (14). Rohrer was fourth at 12 3/4 and Smith tied for sixth at 12 to lead Fairfield.
Junior Kristen Hanson was second in discus (105-11), senior Jessica Wynn third in the second 1,600 (5:53.91), junior Tatyana Moore fifth in shot put (33-5) and sophomore Tricia Place sixth in pole vault (8-6) to lead the Goshen individuals.
Goshen’s best relay finishes were a second in a 4 x 400 (4:29.93) from freshman Jennifer Bustos, sophomore Jasmyn Brown, sophomore Jamie Johnson and junior Edith Gonzalez; a third in the 4 x 800 relay (10:33.45) from sophomore Adrienne Henke, Wynn, Brown and Place; a third in a 4 x 100 relay (54.33) from sophomore Brianna Clawson, Bustos, junior Tori DeVries and sophomore Jamie Johnson; a third in an 800 sprint medley relay (2:01.87) from Clawson, Johnson, DeVries and Gonzalez.
“We had a number of personal bests in relays,” Maust said.
Senior Jessica Borkholder, freshman Abby Adams, sophomore Maddie Angle and sophomore Kristen Norville finished first in a 4 x 200 relay (1:53.36) to lead NorthWood.
Wawasee swept the two 1,600s as sophomore Courtney Linnemeier won the first race (5:30.39) and senior Jen Slabaugh the second (5:40.00).