The Rolla track team hosted Newburg on Tuesday, March 20 to open their 2018 season. No team scores were kept, as Rolla had many more competitors than Newburg, but both teams had strong showings from their competitors.
The 100m sprint had multiple runners from each school. Rolla had three runners finish in under 12 seconds in the race. Freshman Issac Hunter led the way with a time of 11.58, Jaden Tate ran it in 11.71 and Elijah Young ran it in 11.78. Cody Mullen also ran the event in finished in 12.42 seconds, Klay Pearson ran it in 12.75 and Dathan Mickem finished in 12.78. Newburg had two runners in the event with Kyle McKee finishing in 12.93 and Ethan Sanchez clocking in with a time of 13.46.
The 200m sprint had three sub-25 second finishes from Rolla, as Bryce O'Connor, Hunter and Tate all finished in less than 25 seconds. Dawitt Pritchett and Abdu Ibrahim both finished in the 25 second range, while Mullen and Mickem were in the 26 second range. Sanchez ran the race for the Wolves, finishing with a time of 26.82. Fewer competitors took part in the 400 with Kaleb Chiles taking the top spot with a time of 56.76. Tobenna Orizu finished with a time of 57.15 as the only other sub-minute finisher. Matt Ballard came in with a time of 1:03.89, before Newburg's Sanchez came in with a time of 1:03.93. Rolla's Daniel Read rounded things out with a time of 1:09.5.
The distance events were all Rolla for the boys, as Newburg didn't have any male distance runners. Alex Frisbee swept the 800 and 1,600 with times of 2:16.71 and 5:09. Brandon Burris took second in the 800 with a time of 2:32, T. Orizu was right behind him with a time of 2:39 and Read finished in 2:59. Kylan Hunn was the only other runner in the 1,600, finishing with a time of 6:08. Noah Crutcher was the only runner in the 3,200m, finishing with a time of 11:40.
Rolla had the only relay teams, as well. The winning Rolla team in the 4x100 was D. Pritchett, Young, Pearson and Isaac Hunter finished with a time of 48.78. The winning team in the 4x200 was almost the same group, but O'Connor replaced Pearson. They finished with a time of 1:40. Burris, M. Orizu, Nick Janke and Chiles ran the 4x400 with a time of 4:13. The final relay was a team of Burris, Hunn, Wyatt Owens and Crutcher, finishing the 4x800 with a time of 10:20.
The hurdles rounded out the boys track events. Rolla had the only two competitors in each race, with Mezie Orizu claiming first in both events. He finished the 110m hurdles with a time of 15:87 and the 300m with a time of 46.96. Bradley Shelton was the other hurdler for Rolla, finishing with times of 18:58 and 49.87.
Rolla had a ton of throwers try their hand at each of the throwing events and several competitors had a chance to shine. Isaiah Thompson had the top throw in the shot put with a throw of 42' 5.5". Kaberon Burgess was second in the event with a throw of 41'7.5". They were the only throwers over 40 feet. Colton Franks then won the discus with a throw of 110' 9". Seth Smith was the only other thrower over 100 feet with a throw of 102' 1". Burgess rounded out the throwing events by winning the javelin with a stellar throw of 134'9". Franks threw 116' and Justin Briggs threw 100'3". The only Newburg thrower took part in the javelin, throwing 76'4".
Janke led the charge in the jumps for Rolla, as usual. He won the triple jump with a distance of 39'1.75" and the high jump with a height of 6'3", one inch shy of his PR. Rolla had two other high jumpers, as Shelton jumped 5'4" and Justin McEnany cleared 4'9". Rolla had four other triple jumpers with Josh Lefatshe 33'11", Lane Mabe jumped 33'4", Matt Ballard jumped just under 32'1" and Zach Pendleton jumped 27'10". All four of those runners are freshmen. The long jump was led by Chiles, who leapt 17'7.75". Made cleared 15'6.25", Lefatshe jumped 15'3.75, Pendleton leapt 14'9.75", Ballard cleared 14'7" and Dominick Womak jumped 11'10". Newburg's lone jumper was Sanchez, who cleared 13'7".
The girls sprinting events had fewer competitors than the boys, but had great results. Freshman Tahrea Facen won the 100m dash with a time of 13.27, edging out fellow freshman Olivia Olusanya by .03 seconds. McKenzie Proffitt then finished in 14.43, Madylin Breen finished in 14.71 and Bailey Pierce finished in 15:30. Newburg's lone runner was Destiny Cook, who finished in 18.49. Olivia Holmes then led the charge in the 200m dash with a time of 28.03. Proffitt took second with a time of 31.08 and Pierce finished with a time of 33.29. Newburg's Cook rounded things out with a time of 36.12. Holmes also won the final sprint, finishing the 400 in 1:03. Olivia Burken took second with a time of 1:10 and Newburg's Grace Affolter finished in third with a time of 1:21.
Moving to the distance races, Emma Puetz shined again for Rolla. After qualifying for State last year, she took home first in her first two events of the season, finishing the 800m race in 2:33 and the 1,600 in 5:39. Krista Hilmas was right behind her in both races with times of 2:38 and 5:39. Macy Suschanke then took third in both races for Newburg, finishing with times of 3:03 and 6:25. Rolla's Jaden Bryce finished those two races with times of 3:18 and 7:34. Visakha Ho finished the 800m in 3:21 and the final distance finisher was Abigail Williams who finished the 1,600 in 7:19. No one ran the 3,200.
Rolla and Newburg each had the chance to shine in the relays. The Lady Bulldogs were the only team to run the 4x100 and the team of Pierce, Breen, Facen and Olusanya, all freshmen, finished with a time of 58.28. Rolla then edged Newburg in the 4x200 with that same team of runners finishing in 1:58. Newburg's team of Skinner, Macy Suschanke, Cook and Affolter finished in 2:12. Newburg was then the only 4x400 team. They used nearly the same team, but subbed out Cook for Zoe Wilson and finished with a time of 5:39. Rolla then had the lone 4x800 team, where a team of Kate Campbell, Proffitt, Williams and Bryce finished with a time of 12:58.
Several competitors tried their hand at the hurdles. Rolla's Bayli Graydon won both the 100m and 300m hurdles with times of 17.59 and 52.83. Loran Pritchett was second in the 300m with a time of 53.72, but didn't run the 100m. Taryn Kamprath took second in the 100 and third in the 300 with times of 17.82 and 58.18. Newburg's Kaylee Skinner took third in the 100m and fifth in the 300m with times of 20:32 and 1:01.58. She was the only Newburg hurdler. Ho just ran the 300m hurdles and finished in fourth with a time of 59.71, while Ella Davis rounded out both events with times of 22.47 and 1:08.21.
Rolla had the only jumpers on Tuesday. L. Pritchett claimed the top spot in the triple jump with a distance of 31'3.5". Olivia Burken was right behind her with 28'4", Leah Rasco clearned 27'9.25" and Emily Swizdor jumped 27'6". Burken then won the long jump by clearing just under 12'8". Swizdor jumped 12'7", Rasco jumped 12'5" and Makenna Myers cleared 10'5.75." Courtney Colench and Kassandra Hayes did the high jumping for Rolla, with Colench clearing 4'10" and Hayes making it over 4'8". Ho cleared the highest distance in the pole vault with a height of 8'. Campbell cleared 6' and Jessica Crump made it over 5'.
Rolla and Newburg both had multiple throwers in every event. Rebecca Janke won both the shot put and javelin, while finishing in second place in the discus. She threw the shot 30'1", the javelin 103' and the discus78'7". Lauren Moersch took first in the discus with a distance of 87'9", third in the javelin with 80'4" and fifth in the shot put with 25'11.25". Alexis Newkirk took second in the shot put with a distance of 27'. Savannah Womak took second in the javelin with a distance of 89'11", third in the shot with 26'4.75" and fourth in the discus with 67'11". Newburg's top thrower was Marah Suschanke, who took third in the discus with a distance of 71'6", fourth in the javelin with a throw of 78'6" and eighth in the shot put with a throw of 23'7". Leah Dunham took fourth in the shot with a throw of 26'3" and fifth in the discus with a throw of 65'10. Eleana Adum threw the javelin 64', the discus 64'1 and the shot 23'9". Cook was the final Newburg thrower, tossing the javelin 51'8".
Rolla then competed in the Waynesville Open on Thursday, but there were no results available at press time. Their next event will be at Lebanon on Friday. They'll be splitting competitors between those two events. Newburg's next event will be at Dixon on Monday, March 26.