Roaming back and forth from the track to the jumping stations all afternoon long, Nodaway-Holt junior Megan Rosenbohm was among the busier athletes at Saturday's Class 1 Sectional 4 Meet.
That will be the case this coming weekend, too.
In her best sectional showing yet, Rosenbohm qualified for the Class 1 State Track & Field Meet in all four of her events and advanced in two of them as the first place finisher.
Rosenbohm defended her sectional title in the triple jump, pulled a minor upset to win the long jump and finished third in both of her track events—the 200M and 400M dash.
Single-handedly, Rosenbohm scored 34 points and earned the Lady Trojans a ninth place team finish, best among the five teams present from Nodaway County. She was the only one of four Nodaway-Holt sectional qualifiers to get to state.
Rosenbohm will be making her third appearance at the state meet in Jefferson City, looking to add to her collection of five state medals.
"It's pretty exciting," said Rosenbohm. "I would've liked to place better in the 200 and 400, but I'll take it. Hopefully, I can run faster and jump further at state."
Rosenbohm locked down her first sectional title in her first event of the afternoon—the triple jump.
A second place finisher in the triple jump at state last year, Rosenbohm won with a distance of 34-2.50 that was under the 35-0.75 mark she jumped at districts Tuesday.
Nobody else in the field went past 34 feet, though. Polo sophomore Cati Boruch finished second at 33-9.
In the 200M dash, Rosenbohm ran right around the same time as she did at districts—27.5—and crossed the finish line in third, securing a spot in the event at state for the first time in her career.
Rosenbohm duplicated that finish in the 400M dash with a time of 1:02.88, making her 3-for-3. After that, it was back over to the long jump where on her final attempt Rosenbohm ensured a healthy margin of victory with a landing of 16-4.50.
The fourth seed coming into the event, Rosenbohm was the only long jumper to go over 16 feet. Her winning mark bettered what she did at districts by over six inches and approached her career-best of 16-7.
"After that 400, I was pretty drained," said Rosenbohm. "But I got a second wind."
Rosenbohm ended up as the only county athlete to win two sectional events. The only other to win even one was North Nodaway sophomore Alysa Lyle.
One of four Nodaway County sectional qualifiers in the high jump, Lyle beat all the rest and four others from District 7 with a season-best jump of 5-0. Lyle, whose been bothered by ankle issues most of the season, hadn't reached that mark since last year at state.
Page 2 of 3 - She jumped 4-8 at districts and finished third.
Once assured of victory, Lyle attempted 5-1, but couldn't quite make it over the bar.
Regardless, the first place sectional finish sends her back to state for the second time in two years. Once again, she'll be North Nodaway's lone representative.
"It felt really good because I haven't gotten over five-foot all year," said Lyle who transferred into the district from Worth County before she was a freshman.
Two schools that produced multiple state qualifiers were West Nodaway and Northeast Nodaway.
The Rockets had the most with five, advancing junior Emily Cordell (400M dash), sophomore Trevor Meyer (long jump) and their 4 x 400M girls relay.
After narrowly missing out on going to state in the 200M dash, Cordell finished runner-up to Maria Rains of KC Lutheran in the 400M dash with a time of 1:02.64. Running nearly a second faster than at districts, Cordell is headed back to state in the event she finished fourth in last year.
That's not all.
Later on in the day, Cordell willed the Rockets 4 x 400M relay to state by overcoming a sizable deficit to Worth County on the last lap. West Nodaway was in fifth place until Cordell passed Worth County's final runner in the last 30 meters.
The Rockets finished in 4:38.49, edging Worth County by just over a second for the final state qualifying spot.
"We were in fifth and these girls, they've worked hard all season long trying to get there," said Cordell, pointing to relay mates Toni Carroll, Mel McGinness and Andrea Muller. "It was just worth it for them to get to state. It was a fun experience."
Just before the 4 x 400M relay comeback, Meyer earned his first-ever trip to state with a fourth place finish in the long jump.
The third-seeded Meyer traveled 19-4—three inches off his best at districts. He earlier finished seventh in the 200M dash.
Northeast Nodaway advanced a a pair of first-time qualifiers to state, senior Sage DeLong (100M dash) and junior Steve Schulte (triple jump).
DeLong ran right to his seeding to finish third in the 100M dash in 11.67. The fourth-seeded Schulte did the same in the triple jump but landed nearly a foot further than he did at districts, 40-9.75.
Jefferson brought the most girls athletes in the county to sectionals, but only one—senior Shanna Welch—made it through to state.
Competing in four events, Welch qualified for state in one—the triple jump—with a third place finish.
Welch was seeded fourth in the long jump and finished fifth. In the 300M and 100M hurdles, she was sixth and seventh.
Page 3 of 3 - "Not the best, but I'm at least going to state," said Welch, a three-time state medalist in the triple jump. "In the long jump, I just didn't jump my best and everybody else was jumping pretty good. I didn't get up there like I did earlier this week."
All first-time sectional qualifiers, Jefferson freshman Jessie Henry (high jump), junior Maddison Clements (high jump), sophomore Kristen Neilson (discus) and junior Margaret Guss (800M run) finished outside the top four.
Henry came the closest of the bunch of going to state, finishing fifth in the high jump with a height of 4-8.
Other girls eliminated in sectionals were Northeast Nodaway junior Taryn Farnan (high jump), Northeast Nodaway freshman Jill Spire (100M dash) and Nodaway-Holt freshman Jordan Long (shot put). All three finished sixth or below.
Nodaway-Holt sprinter Wade Saxton missed out on going to state by one spot in the 100M dash, finishing fifth. He was seventh in the 200M dash.
West Nodaway's Clay Mitchell (400M dash) and Nodaway-Holt's Derek Lemon (1600M run) each finished eighth.
Mound City won the girls sectional title with 107 points. Rock Port was the boys sectional champion with 85 points.
The Class 1 State Track & Field Championships begin Friday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.