Plus, MSHSAA track championships moving across the street.

A warm congratulations for our former boss at the Daily News, Floyd Jernigan, for being selected this past week as the new City of Rolla Parks and Recreation Director.
Floyd was the publisher of the Daily News from 2008-12.

The past several years Floyd has been publisher of the Nevada Daily Mail, as well as a couple of other weekly papers. However, his goal was to eventually return to Rolla. He and his wife, Barb, never left their home here.

A former collegiate soccer player and later youth and college soccer coach, Floyd will fit right in as a parks and recreation director after a long career as a newspaperman.

His people skills, his P.R. skills and his knowledge of sports and fitness will serve him extremely well.

Plus, his integrity is off the chart.

I feel he will do great in this new career path. And our community is better with him in it.

Good luck, Floyd.

State Track Moving
After decades of calling Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City home, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)’s state track championships are moving.
Across the street.

Due to the new synthetic turf field being installed at Lincoln’s football field at Dwight Reed Stadium, the high school track championships are forced to find a new home.

The layout of the track facility at Lincoln had the shot put and discus throwing events near or on the football field. With the new synthetic turf, there can no longer be throwing events inside the track. Plus, the javelin event is being added as a state championship event this year.

However, the state meet will move only a long discus throw away, across the street to Jefferson City High School.

The Jefferson City High track facility will be the new home of the MSHSAA track championships. The dates do not change. The Class 1-2 State Championships will be held May 20-21 while the Class 3-5 State Championships will be May 27-28.

“The good thing is, we’re just moving across the street,” said Jason West MSHSAA Communications Director. “It’s literally across Lafayette Street to Lincoln.”

West says there will be more room for the athletes to move around at the new venue, and they won’t have to wade through running and jumping areas to get to throwing event areas. Plus, he said the seating for fans should be more than adequate, which had been a concern to some.

“One of the things that Jefferson City High allows is a lot more room for the competitors,” West said. “Also, there is more area for tent city (the area where schools put up their shelter tents for athletes to sit under to escape the sun or rain). But it will be a little different feel.

“The good thing at Lincoln was everything being at the football field and track; all the fans were sitting there. And with this move, being able to move tent city and the throwing events, there will be a separate place for athletes to sit aside from the regular fans. So actually the sitting capacity at the two locations will be very similar to each other.”

I have just one request...let’s move the Lincoln Alumni barbecue stand from across the street as well!