The Wildcats track and field team qualified several athletes to state sectionals on Saturday despite missing a few of their key pieces for the Class 4 District 2 meet in Carl Junction.
The highlight for Rogersville was junior Jay Strausbaugh, who took the gold in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. The state-champion wrestler was able to outpace his nearest competition by nearly two full seconds in the two-mile run.
“Really happy with Jay’s performance,” said Wildcats head track coach Kevin Boyer. “Your goal is obviously to go on and run the next weekend, and Jay was happy to accomplish that in both of his events.”
Sophomore Landon Hendrickson, meanwhile, placed fifth in the same two events, just missing qualification. While Coach Boyer noted the disappointment of coming so close in both, he pointed out that Hendrickson’s performance was very strong. The sophomore’s final time of 4:33.22 in the 1600-meter run represented a personal record in that event.
“He actually had a great mile — he just ran out of track,” Boyer assessed. “If the race had been 1620 meters he would have gotten in, I think.”
The other qualifier for the Rogersville boys team was Adam Waters, who claimed the fourth-place slot in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.15, and tied three ways for second in the high jump with a height of six feet.
On the girls side of the meet, senior Reagan Di Trolio will advance in both individual and team events. Di Trolio nabbed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.01, and also contributed to the 4x100 meter relay team’s fourth-place finish.
“I was excited to see Reagan move on,” said Boyer. “She’s worked very hard all four years, and for her to be able to get out in two events, we were really happy for her.”
The relay team, which featured Di Trolio, Meghan Hager, Daycyana Bond and Brianna Linehan, staked their claim in the 4x100 with a time of 53.99 seconds.
Boyer highlighted freshman Lineman for her strong performances that fell just shy of sectional qualification. “Bri almost got out in the 200; she had a great meet,” said Boyer. “She has a very bright future in track and field.”
Boyer also pointed to performances from senior Jacob Carrow, who placed seventh in javelin, and junior Elise Evans, who threw for fifth in discus, as evidence that it was a bright day for the Wildcats.
“Not making any excuses, but we’re a very small 4A school, so we’re competing with some pretty big schools,” Boyer said. “So for us to take six events on to next weekend, we’re pretty happy with that and we look forward to seeing who we get to take to Jeff City.”