The Rolla High School track team will be sending six athletes in four events to the Missouri Class 4 Track and Field Championships through their qualification at last Saturday's Class 4 Section 3 Meet., held at Ozark High School.
Moving on to the Class 4 State Meet, to be held Friday and Saturday at Dwight Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, for Rolla are senior Alex McCormack in the boys' 300-meter hurdles, junior Aaron Froehlich in the boys' triple jump, junior Shannon McCaul in the girls' 800-meter run and the girls' 4x800-meter relay team of junior Madison Collier, junior Jade DeShurley, senior Katie Brow and McCaul.
The top four finishers in each event advanced from sectional to state competition.
McCaul paced the Rolla contingent in sectional performance by finishing second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.09 while McCormack was third in the 300-meter hurdles at :39.73; Froehlich was fourth in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 45-5 3/4, and the Lady Bulldog 4x800-meter relay squad was fourth at 9:58.10.
McCormack and Froehlich both advanced to the state meet last year, with McCormack earning all-state honors in the 300 hurdles. McCaul was a state qualifier two years ago.
Froehlich fell short in the sectional long jump, finishing seventh at 20-2 1/4. Also finishing seventh for the Lady Bulldogs was freshman Sophia Holmes in the 400-meter dash at 1:01.96.
The RHS boys' 4x400-meter relay squad also qualified for sectionals but did not advance, finishing fifth with a unit of Alex McCormack, James Kosbar, Jordan Kaden and Hunter Short at 3:27.87.
As a team Rolla finished 16th in the boys' standings with 17 points and 17th in the girls' standings with 15 points. Columbia Rock Bridge won the girls' sectional team title with 129 points while Jefferson City was the boys' team winner with 97 points.
Rolla Sectional Results
300-meter hurdles: 3. Alex McCormack :39.73.
Triple jump: 4. Aaron Froehlich 45-5 3/4.
4x400-meter relay: 5. Rolla (McCormack, James Kosbar, Jordan Kaden, Hunter Short) 3:27.87.
Long jump: 7. Froehlich 20-2 1/4.
800-meter run: 2. Shannon McCaul 2:23.09.
4x800-meter relay: 4. Rolla (Madison Collier, Jade DeShurley, Katie Brow, McCaul) 9:58.10.
400-meter dash: 7. Sophia Holmes 1:01.96.