The Rolla track team traveled to take part in the Marshfield Invitational on Monday, April 10. Rolla had a string of first place finishes and filled the top five in several events.
One of Rolla's returning State Qualifiers, Nick Janke, was able to star on Monday with a number of first place finishes. The junior took home the top spot in the high jump by clearing six feet and the triple jump with a jump of 41' 1". He was also took part in several successful relays. Rolla had two second place finishes in relays, finishing the 4X400 in 3:39.94 and the 4X800 in 8:40.73. They also placed fourth in the 4X100 and fifth in the 4X200.
While the boys did extremely well for Rolla in the relays, the girls performed even better. The Lady Bulldogs won the 4X200 relay with a time of 1:54.53. They also finished second place in both the 4X400 and the 4X800, missing out on first in both by a few seconds. Rolla's worst relay finish was still a solid fourth place in the 4X100.
Janke wasn't the only strong jumper for Rolla, as both the boys and girls teams jumped well on Monday. Peyton Blair was able to claim the top spot in the long jump with a jump of 17' 4", while fellow Bulldog Grant Atkins took fourth. Rolla nearly swept the boys jumping events, but they narrowly missed out on first place in the pole vault. Landon Adams took second in the event by clearing 12' 6". He was four inches out of first place. The Lady Bulldogs also claimed the second spot in the pole vault, as Taylor Stevens cleared 9' 6". Rolla also took third with Visakha Ho clearing 8' 6". Courtney Colench claimed third in the high jump with a jump of five feet and snagged another third place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 31' 3.5".
Rolla also ran extremely well, as their relay times would suggest. Both the boys and girls teams dominated the hurdles events. Nnamezie Orizu finished in first place in the 110m relays for Rolla with a time of 16.30, winning the event by .03 seconds. Colton Moore also took third in the event with a time of 16.35. The girls had a second place finish in the 100m hurdles, as Bayli Graydon finished in second with a time of 17.50, missing out on first by .03 seconds. The boys and girls also each had second place finishes in the 300m hurdles. Loran Pritchett took second with a time of 54.20 for the girls, while Moore finished in second for the boys with a time of 42.66.
The dashes were solid for Rolla. Their top finish in the 100m dash was Jaden Tate, who took fifth with a time of 12.08. They improved in the 200m dash, as Kendall Mara finished in second in the girls race with a time of 28.15. Bryce O'Connor took third in the boys race with a time of 23.97. Rolla stayed in the top five in the 400m dash. Addy Brow finished second in the event with a time of 1:04, missing out on first by just under a second. O'Connor took fifth in the event with a time of 55.43.
Rolla continued to succeed as they transitioned into the distance runs. Mike Jennings finished in second place in the 800m run with a time of 2:09.12. He was less than a second out of first in the event. Olivia Burken took eighth in the event for the girls. Krista Hilmas then had a personal record in the 1,600m run with a time of 5:52.72, which put her in second place. Alex Frisbee also finished in second place for the boys, finishing the 1,600m run in 5:01.17. The second place trend continued in the 3,200m run, as Emma Puetz claimed second place in the event with a time of 12:19.39. Rolla's Lucas Marling took sixth in the event for the boys.
The throwing events rounded out the day for Rolla. They didn't slack off in the throwing events either. Freshman Lauren Moersch was able to snag a third place finish in the discus by throwing 100' 4". Colton Franks had the top finish for the boys in the event by claiming ninth place with a throw of 97' 8". The freshmen girls continued to succeed with Rebecca Janke, as she took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 29' 2.5". Franks again had the top throw for the Bulldogs, throwing the shot 37' 3" for a seventh place finish. Moersch and Janke then both had top five finishes in the javelin. Moersch won the event with a throw of 102' 3", while Janke finished fourth with a throw of 94 feet. Kaberon Burgess finished fourth for the boys with a throw of 116' 1".
Rolla will follow up the event with the Capital City Relays on Friday, April 14.