A pair of Logan-Rogersville athletes put in strong enough performances at Saturday's state sectional track and field meet in West Plains to move on the highest level of competition in Missouri Class 4. Wildcat juniors Jay Strausbaugh and Adam Waters qualified to compete at the state championship meet Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City.
Strausbaugh, no stranger to high levels of competition as a state champion wrestler, qualified in two distance running events, the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Strausbaugh came to the sectional meet as the Class 4 District 2 champion in both events, but only managed a just-qualifying fourth place in the 3200 amid the stiffer competition of sectionals. His finishing time of 10 minutes and 5.23 seconds was not quite as strong as his nine minute, 49.16 second district finish, but strong headwinds at Saturday's meet were likely a contributing factor in the slowdown.
Waters, meanwhile, used his legs a little differently to punch his ticket to Jefferson City. Though he qualified for the sectional in both the 200-meter dash and the high jump, it was the latter event where the Rogersville junior made his mark. Waters tied the top four jumpers with a six foot, two inch clearance on Saturday to put him in a shared first place as he advances.
Other Wildcat athletes who made an appearance in the sectional meet but did not advance include senior Reagan Di Trolio, who finished less than a second behind the fourth-place finisher in the 400-meter dash, and the girls 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Di Trolio, junior Daycyana Bond and freshmen Brianna Linehan and Meghan Hager, who came in seventh in their event.