The Rolla track teams took part in the Camdenton Laker Relays on Tuesday, April 9. Rolla had an excellent showing, with the Lady Bulldogs taking the top spot as a team, while the Bulldogs finished third on the boys side.
The Lady Bulldogs got out to a solid start in the sprinting events, kicking things off with a fourth place finish from Olivia Olusanya in the 100m dash. She finished with a time of 13.11. Olivia Holmes then finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 26.76. Holmes followed that by winning the 400m dash, finishing with a time of 1:00.62. Tahrea Facen also took ninth in the event.
Rolla carried that momentum into the distance events. Emma Puetz opened by winning the 800m run with a time of 2:22.34. The then won the 1,600m run with a time of 5:33.06. Rolla rounded out the distance runs with Jaden Bryce finishing 12th in the 3,200.
Rolla's best relay race game in the 4x800, where the team of Riley Slowensky, Mary Romine, Puetz and Holmes took third with a time of 10:32.34. Rolla finished fifth in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400.
The Lady Bulldogs also had some strong showings in the relays. Bayli Graydon took sixth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.41. Kassandra Hayes and Loran Pritchett then finished 16th and 18th in the 300m hurdles.
Rolla kept rolling with a lot of success in the field events. Abby Hobbs won the pole vault as the only competitor to clear 9'3". Her sister Emma took fifth in the event by clearing 7'6". Other jumping finishes include Hayes placing seventh in the high jump by clearing 4'8", Olusanya finishing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16'8.5" and the duo of Hayes and Pritchett finishing back to back in 11th and 12th in the triple jump.
The Lady Bulldogs wrapped things up with the throwing events. Rebecca Janke continued a strong junior season by taking third in the javelin with a throw of 109'10. Lauren Moersch was just a couple spots behind her in sixth place with a throw of 93'. Janke also finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 32'8", while Moersch finished in 10th. Moersch then took home sixth in the discus with a throw of 94'6", while Janke placed eighth with a throw of 94'.
Rolla won the event with a team score of 99, edging second place Osage by 3.5 team points. Waynesville finished in third with 90.
The boys also had a great night at Camdenton and that started with some good sprinting. Trey Quick took third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.77, while Adeeb Massri finished in ninth. Bryce O'Connor then took third in the 200m dash with a time of 23.43, while Quick finished eighth. Rolla rounded out the sprints by taking the top two spots in the 400m dash. RJ Alfred won the race with a time of 50.56, while Alex Fribee finished second with a time of 52.36.
Rolla also had some solid distance runners. Kylan Hunn and Frisbee finished back to back in 14th and 15th in the 800m run to open the distance events. Noah Crutcher then took 11th in the 1,600m run, while Wyatt Owens finished in 16th. Crutcher rounded out the distance events with a sixth place finish in the 3,200 with a time of 10:39.61.
The Bulldogs also saw a dominant performance from Nnamezie Orizu in the hurdles. He won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.66, while Logan Oden finished in seventh. Orizu then took second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 39.91, missing out on first by .15 seconds.
Rolla also had some great finishes in the relays. The Bulldogs won the 4x400 with the team of O'Connor, Frisbee, Orizu and Gabe Stanislawski finishing in 3:30.33. The team of Massri, Ahmed Boubacar, O'Connor and RJ Alfred finished second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:32.43. Rolla also finished fourth in both the 4x100 and 4x800.
The Bulldogs also had a number of strong showings in the field events. The throwers were solid across the board on the day. Colton Franks took fourth in the discus with a throw of 126'8". Kaberon Burgess then took third in the shot put with a throw of 45'1.5". Hayden Fane then took third in the javelin with a throw of 133'2", while Burgess finished sixth with a throw of 132'1".
Rolla also had top five finishes in all of the jumping events. Matt Ballard took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 39'5.5". Quick took fifth in the long jump with a leap of 20'2". Josh Lefatshe cleared 5'8" in the high jump to finish in fifth. Mason Harrison rounded things out with a fourth place finish in the pole vault after clearing 11'6".
The Bulldogs earned 114.5 team points to finish in third place as a team. Waynesville won the meet with a team score of 134, while Lebanon finished second with 117 points. The Bulldogs edged Camdenton by one point on the day.
Next up for Rolla is the West Plains Zizzer Relays on Thursday, before taking part in the Capital City Relays on Saturday.