The Rolla track teams ran in the SBU Bearcat Classic on Tuesday, April 23. The Lady Bulldogs finished in eighth place in the meet, while the boys finished in ninth.

Lady Bulldogs: 

Olivia Olusanya opened things up with a fifth place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 13.27. Kate Campbell then finished in 13th in the 400m dash, while Riley Slowensky finished in 20th. 

Emma Puetz was dominant in the distance events, starting with the 800m run. She won the race with a time of 2:22.55, while Mary Romine finished in 16th. Puetz then won the 1,600m run with a time of 5:11.99. 

Rolla only ran in one of the two hurdles races, as Loran Pritchett finished 18th in the 300m hurdles, while Renae Dobry took 22nd and Kassandra Hayes finished 23rd. 

The Lady Bulldogs ran in three of the relays with their best finish coming in the 4x200. The team of Tahrea Facen, Bayli Graydon, Olusanya and Reagan Reedy finished in second place with a time of 1:50.36. Rolla also took eighth in the 4x400 and ninth in the 4x100. 

Rolla also competed well in the field events, led by Rebecca Janke in the throwing events. Janke took third in the javelin with a throw of 117'7", while Lauren Moersch finished in ninth. Janke then claimed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 32', while Moersch finished in 21st. Moersch then had Rolla's top discus throw, finishing in 13th with a toss of 88'2", while Janke was exactly two feet behind in 15th place. 

The jumping events saw Abby and Emma Hobbs finish back to back in eighth and ninth after clearing 8'6" and 8', respectively. Pritchett and Hayes finished back to back in the triple jump in 14th and 15th, while the high jump saw Hayes finish in a tie for 13th and Emily Swizdor claim 15th.

Rolla finished with a team score of 44 points, which put them in eighth place in a tight field. Ozark ran away with the meet with 147 team points, followed by Kickapoo with 81 and Nixa with 79. The Lady Bulldogs were just four points away from Camdenton and Carl Junction, who tied for fourth.


Rolla's best sprinting finishes came in the 400m dash, as RJ Alfred and Bryce O'Connor finished back to back in fourth and fifth with times of 52.45 and 52.78. Alex Frisbee also finished in ninth. O'Connor also finished in 13th in the 200m dash, while Alfred finished in 21st. The distance events saw Patrick Cahill and Kylan Hunn finish back to back in the 800m run in 22nd and 23rd, while Abdu Ibrahim finished in 26th. Noah Crutcher then finished 22nd in the 1,600m run, while Orion Parker finished in 28th. Parker rounded out the distance events with an 18th place finish in the 3,200m run.

Nnamezie Orisu ran the hurdles for Rolla and came away with a pair of top four finishes. He took second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.40, before taking fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.51. 

The Bulldogs' top relay finish came in the 4x400 where the team of Orizu, Frisbee, Alfred and O'Connor finished second with a time of 3:30.1. Rolla also took sixth in the 4x800, seventh in the 4x200 and 14th in the 4x100. 

Rolla had a number of strong showings in the field events. The throwers led the way, as Kaberon Burgess finished second in the javelin with a throw of 162'1". Hayden Fane finished 17th in the event. Burgess then took third in the shot put with a throw of 45'.5", while Colton Franks finished in seventh with a throw of 42'1". Franks and Burgess then finished back to back in the discus, placing 11th and 12th with throws of 125'9" and 122'11".

The Bulldogs' top finisher in jumping events was Mason Harrison in the pole vault, as he finished in sixth by clearing 13'. In the triple jump, Matt Ballard finished in 16 and Blaize Klossner finished 24th. Gage Klossner took 13th in the high jump by clearing 5'8". 

Rolla finished with 52 team points to finish in ninth. Camdenton won the meet with 73 points, Nixa was in second with 71.5 and Waynesville finished third with 66 points.

Next up for Rolla is their home meet on Saturday, April 27.