The Rolla track teams took part in the Marshfield Invitational on Monday, April 9. Both the boys and girls teams ran well, earning a total of 48 medals in the meet. Those medals led to both teams taking home first place as a team.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to an excellent start in the track events. Olivia Olusanya kicked things off with a second place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 13.37. She then took seventh in the 200m dash. Olivia Holmes then started a streak of first place finishes for Rolla. She won the 400m dash with a time of 1:04.09, before Emma Puetz and Krista Hilmas finished first and second in the 800m dash. They had times of 2:33.65 and 2:38.14, respectively. The pair then finished back to back atop the 1,600m race with times of 5:35.09 and 5:35.31. Jaden Bryce rounded out the distance events with a fifth place finish in the 3,200 with a time of 16:18.
Rolla also had a pair of first place finishes in the hurdles. Bayli Graydon had the top finish in both the 100m and 300m hurdles with times of 17.11 and 52.45. Taryn Kamprath also took fifth and sixth in the events, while Visakha Ho placed fourth in the 300m hurdles.
The Lady Bulldogs went on to win two of the four relays, placing in the top four in all four. The Lady Bulldogs won the 4x200 with a time of 1:59.88, before winning the 4x800 with a time of 10:36.23. They also took third in the 4x400 with a time of 4:37.01 and fourth in the 4x100 with a time of 1:00.25.
The girls also had several great finises in the field events and they were led by a first place finish in the high jump by Courtney Colench. She took home the top spot by clearing 4'10". Kassandra Hayes was right behind her in the event when she cleared 4'8" to take second. Olivia Burken and Emily Swizdor also earned medals in the triple jump. Burken took third in the event with a jump of 29'7.5", while Swizodr placed fourth with a jump of 29'7". Ho then medaled in the pole vault by clearing 9' to place third in the event.
Rolla also had a slew of medals in the throwing events. Rolla's top thrower was Savannah Womack, who placed second in the javelin with a throw of 97'7". She also placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 27'9.5", as well as placing seventh in the discus. Lauren Moersch also had a pair of fourth place finishes in the javelin and discus. She threw the javelin 94'11" and the discus 96'9". Makenzie Proffitt rounded out the throwers with a third place finish in the shot put with a throw of 30'2".
The boys also had a slew of medals in the track events. Issac Hunter and Elijah Young finished in fourth and fifth in the 100m dash with times of 11.88 and 11.89, respectively. Bryce O'Connor followed that with a third place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 24.1 and a second place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 54.5. Noah Crutcher then ran well in the distance events. He took second in the 3,200m run with a time of 10:56, while placing third in the 1,600m run with a time of 5:07.6.
Nnamezie Orizu and Bradley Shelton both medaled in the hurdles for the Bulldogs. Orizu won the 110m hurdlw with a time of 15.67. Shelton took third in the event with a time of 18.35. Orizu then took third in the 300m hurdles with a time of 46.86.
Rolla rounded out the track events with the relays. The Bulldogs took third in both the 4x200 and 4x400, while taking fifth in the 4x800. Rolla ran the 4x200 in 1:39.65, the 4x400 in 3:42.45 and the 4x800 in 9:39.92.
Rolla had several first place finishes in the field events. Nick Janke earned a pair of medals thanks to a first place finish in the triple jump and a third place finish in the high jump. The senior triple jumped 41'2" and cleared 6'2" on the high jump. Shelton also placed fifth in the high jump by clearing 5'8". Landen Adams, Caleb Turner and Mason Harrison all medaled in the pole vault for Rolla. Adams won the event by clearing 13', Turner took third by making it over 12'6" and Harrison finished in fifth by clearing 12. Kaleb Chiles rounded out the medals in the jumping events by taking third in the long jump with a leap of 18'.5".
The Bulldogs also had some stellar throwers. Kaberson Burgess earned Rolla another first place finish in the javelin with a throw of 147'1", while also taking third in the shot put with a throw of 41'5.5". Janke placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 41'3". Colton Franks medaled for Rolla in the discus with a throw of 107'5", which placed him in fifth. He also took sixth in the javelin.
"It was a really good meet for us with several District and Sectional schools we will face in May during the State Championship series," said head coach Don Knapp. "Our kids showed a lot of determination and perseverance in the cold, windy conditions. Having multiple winners and in several different events was exciting. We even had some kids set season best performances. That was impressive."
Rolla won as a team for both the boys and the girls was the cherry on top of a great meet.
"Getting a double meet team victory with both the boys team and girls team winning the first place team plaques was a great finish to the meet," said coach Knapp. "We were very happy for our athletes. Hopefully they can build on these victories through the rest of the season."
Next up for Rolla is the Capital City Relays, which will be run in Jeff City on Saturday, April 14.