Three Nodaway County athletes added to their state medal collections and two others medaled for the first time Friday and Saturday at the Class 1-2 State Track & Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
Nodaway-Holt junior Megan Rosenbohm elevated her career total to seven state medals with a second place finish in the long jump and a fourth place finish in the triple jump. It was her second time medaling in the long jump and third in the triple jump.
Rosenbohm held the top seed in the long jump and was nudged for the state title by Appleton City sophomore Chelsy Roth.
Roth's best jump of 16-3.75 was a quarter of an inch further than Rosenbohm's best of 16-3.50.
Had Rosenbohm matched her sectional winning mark of 16-4.25, she would've been the state champion.
In the triple jump, Rosenbohm recorded a mark of 34-1—one-and-a-half inches under her sectional landing of 34-2.50.
St. Elizabeth junior Allie Heckemeyer jumped over a foot less than sectionals, but still won the event with a distance of 34-7.75.
Rosenbohm's fourth place finish matched what she did as a freshman and was two spots below her second place finish last year.
Rosenbohm did not make the finals in either of her track events—the 200M dash and the 400M dash. Both preliminary races were held Friday.
A state medalist in the 400 last year, Rosenbohm ran 10th in the prelims with a time of 1:03.15. This was slightly slower than the time Rosenbohm clocked at sectionals.
Competing for the first time in the 200 at state, Rosenbohm finished last in the field of 16 with a time of 27.86.
All told, Rosenbohm scored 13 points to put Nodaway-Holt in 22nd place.
She was the only athlete from the county to earn more than one piece of hardware at state.
Four others—North Nodaway sophomore Alysa Lyle (high jump), Jefferson senior Shanna Welch (triple jump) West Nodaway junior Emily Cordell (400M dash) and Northeast Nodaway senior Sage DeLong (100M dash)—medaled in their lone individual event.
Seeded seventh, Lyle moved up three spots to finish fourth in the high jump, giving her a state medal for the first time in her career. Last year, Lyle finished 10th in the event.
Her height of 5-0 matched her season-high set a week before at sectionals.
Chamois junior Alison Mehmert won the event with a height of 5-3.
A first-time state qualifier, DeLong was seeded 13th in the 100 but shot up to fourth in the prelims and finished fifth with a time of 11.55.
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Welch closed her career as a four-time medalist in the triple jump, finishing fifth this year with a distance of 33-10. A sixth place finisher last year, Welch jumped seven inches further than she did at sectionals.
Cordell took sixth in the 400M dash, gaining her a second state medal in the event.
Last year, she finished fourth.
Cordell ran a finals time of 1:00.71 and finished one spot ahead of Sectional 4 champion Maria Rains from Kansas City Lutheran. All of the top four finishers, led by Kathleen Yoakum, posted sub-minute times.
West Nodaway's other individual qualifier—sophomore Trevor Meyer—finished 13th in the long jump with a distance of 18-10.75 and did not make the finals. It was his first time competing in the event at state.
Another first-time state qualifier—Northeast Nodaway junior Steve Schulte—finished 13th in the triple jump with a mark of 38-2.50. This was over two feet off his postseason-best of 40-9.75 at sectionals.
West Nodaway's 4 x 400M relay of Cordell, Madison Hagey, Toni Carroll and Mel McGinness ran two seconds faster than sectionals, but still finished last out of 16 teams with a time of 4:36.55.
All but Hagey are returning for the Rockets next year.
Mound City won its second girls team title in three years with 73 points, while Wellington-Napoleon grabbed the boys title with 48 points.
Midway was second in both meets and the Rock Port boys finished third.