The Rolla track teams were graced with excellent weather as they hosted their annual Rolla Track Classic on Saturday, April 28. It was a perfect day for track and the Rolla athletes shined brightly on their way to boys and girls team wins. They also honored their seniors in the morning, before a march for NKH (nonketotic hyperglycinemia) research, showing their support for the Nora Jane Almany Foundation.
The Lady Bulldogs were dominant in the track events, winning every race but the 4x400, which they did not compete in. Rolla started with Kendall Mara and Olivia Olusanya claiming the top two spots in the 100m dash with times of 13.43 and 13.52, respectively. Tahrea Facen also finished in fifth in the event. Olivia Holmes then won the 200m dash, followed closely by Mara with times of 27.32 and 27.59. Holmes then took first in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.01, while Newburg's Kaylee Skinner took second with a time of 1:11.79.
Rolla continued to dominate in the distance events. Emma Puetz took home the top spot in the 800m run with a time of 2:26.05, while Newburg's Macy Suschanke came across the line in 2:51.85 to finish third. Puetz then won the 1,600m run, followed closley by Rolla senior Krista Hilmas with times of 5:24.62 and 5:34.17. Suschanke then took third in the race with a time of 6:05.69. Hilmas and Suschanke then ran the 3,200, finishing in that order with a time of 12:07.39 and 13.31.01. They were the only two runners in the final distance event.
The Lady Bulldogs kept rolling in the hurdles, winning both the 100m and 300m hurdles. Bayli Graydon claimed the top spot in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.34, while teammate Taryn Kamprath finished third with a time of 18.34. Skinner finished in fifth for Newburg. Loran Pritchett then won the 300m hurdles, cruising to a victory with a time of 52.55, winning by more than three seconds. Skinner took third in the event with a time of 56.71.
Rolla rounded out the track events by winning three of the hurdles races. They won the 4x100 with a time of 54.64, winning by more than two seconds. They then won the 4x200 with a time of 1:50.91, winning by roughly 12 seconds. The Lady Bulldogs then dusted Plato in the 4x800, winning by 54 seconds with a time of 11:04.68.
The Lady Bulldogs were no slouches in the field events either, winning all but two of them. Rolla was a force to be reckoned with in the throwing events, winning all three. Rebecca Janke won both the shot put and javelin, while finishing second in the discus. She threw the shot 31'9.5", the javelin 105'3" and the discus 80'9". Lauren Moersch edged the Rolla sophomore in the discus with a throw of 92'1". She also placed fourth in the javelin. Savannah Womack also threw well, finishing second in the javelin with a throw of 98'10", third in the shot put with a throw of 28'3.25" and fifth in the discus. McKenzie Proffitt also took home a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 30'1.5". Marah Suschanke led Newburg in the throws with a third place finish in the javelin and a fourth place finish in the discus. Alleyiah also finished fourth in the shot put for the Lady Wolves.
Rolla's wins in the jumping events came in both the long and high jumps. Kelly Cates won the long jump with a lead of 14'.25", while Emily Swizdor finished in third and Pritchett finished fourth. Kassandra Hayes then won the high jump by clearing 5', while teammate Courtney Colench finished second by clearing 4'10". Swizdor finished in fifth for Rolla, as well. The Lady Bulldogs also saw Pritchett, Swizdor and Leah Rasco finish in second, third and fourth in the triple jump with distances of 31'2", 29'2.5" and 29'.5". Kate Campbell then took third in the pole vault by clearing 6'6".
Rolla won the girls meet with a team score of 295. The Lady Bulldogs more than doubled up Waynesville, who placed second with 125 team points. Newburg came in fourth with 57 team points. Holmes and Janke were the leading point scorers amongst the girls with 25 team points a piece. Along with her wins in the 200m and 400m dashes, Holmes was on the winning 4x800 and 4x200 relay teams. Janke won two out of the three throwing events, while also placing second in the discus.
The Bulldogs also had a great chance to shine on Saturday. Their best track finishes came from Nnamezie Orizu in the 110m and 300m hurdles. He won the 110s with a time of 15.87, beating teammate Bradley Shelton's second place finish of 18'68". Logan Oden then took fourth in the race. Orizu then claimed the top spot in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.56. Shelton finished the event in third with a time of 47.86, while Oden took fifth.
The boys also had some strong finishes in the sprints. Bryce O'Connor took second in the 200m dash with a time of 24.25. Issac Hunter finished in fifth in both the 100m and 200m dashes, while Jaden Tate took sixth in both of those races. Dawitt Pritchett earned Rolla another second place finish in the 400m dash with a time of 56.03.
Rolla also ran well in the distance events. Noah Crutcher took second in both the 1,600m and 3,200m runs with times of 5:07.59 and 11:23.13. Brandon Burris finished third in the 1,600m run, while Tristan Lietz finished fourth in the 3,200m run. Abdu Ibrahim finished in third in the 800m run with a time of 2:16.56, while Burris finished fourth.
The Bulldogs went on to win one of the relays and take second in the other two they ran. Rolla won the 4x200 with a time of 1:36.96, winning by almost four seconds. They then finished second behind Lebanon in both the 4x100 and 4x800 with times of 47.60 and 9:46.37. They did not run the 4x400.
Rolla's best finishes outside of the hurdles and relays were in the field events. Nick Janke led the charge in the jumps, finishing in the top three in the high, long and triple jumps. The senior S&T commit won the high jump by clearing 6'2", while Shelton took third and Lane Mabe finished fourth. Janke then took second in the triple jump by clearing 40'2", before finishing in third in the long jump with a leap of 18'8.5". Rolla then had the top three finishes in the pole vault. Landon Adams won with a height of 13'7", Caleb Turner finished second by clearing 13' and Mason Harrison placed third by clearing 12'6".
Rolla was also excellent in the throwing events. Janke added another first place finish in the shot put with a throw of 42'3.75". Colton Franks finished third in the event with a throw of 41'1.75", while Kaberon Burgess finished fourth. Burgess then won the javelin with a throw of 151'11. Franks finished the event in sixth. Burgess also finished third in the discus with a throw of 110'2", just ahead of Franks' fourth place finish throw of 108'. Newburg's Gabe Killian took fifth in the event.
The Bulldogs won the boys meet with 257 team points, while Waynesville took second with a score of 162. Janke was the top overall point scorer with 34 points.
Next up for Rolla is the Ozark Conference meet in Springfield on Wednesday, May 2.