Halle Roland finished a stellar high school track & field career on Saturday at Washington High School. The Hillsboro senior took second place in the javelin in the Class 4 State Track Meet, capping her time where she has set a very high standard for others to try to meet.
Roland’s best throw was on her fifth of the day, a heave of 142 feet, five inches. Kaesha George, a junior from Monett, was the only girl to throw farther, and it was on her final toss. The javelin flew 151 feet, six inches to take the championship. Roland outdistanced the third place finisher from Kearney by a foot and an inch.
“My state experience was, for sure, a great one since I placed,” Roland said. “It would’ve been much more fun at Jeff City, because I would get to spend time with the team and get free meals,” she joked. The meet was moved to Washington from Jefferson City because of the tornado that hit the capitol city late Wednesday night. MSHSAA had to do a lot of work in getting three classes reassigned to new venues.
Roland was reflective in looking back at her season. “I’ve had a great season, and so have a lot of my fellow teammates like Kelsey Boyd, Isaac Readnour, Evie (Roland), Sam and Maya Wright. I can’t wait to come back next year and see what the younger ones are able to accomplish. And I can’t wait to see what me, Isaac, and Kelsey do in the future as well!”
What made Roland’s time at state even more special was that her younger sister, Evie, was able to participate in the javelin as well. Just a sophomore, Evie finished in 16th place with a throw of 103 feet which came on her final throw. “I’m happy that I got to compete at state, even though I didn’t do my best,” she said. “I’m glad I got to experience it, and I hope to be back next year. I’m so proud of my sister for getting second because she worked really hard this year and deserved it.”
The Hillsboro girls team provided a lot of highlights and memories throughout the spring. Best of luck to every senior who is moving on. And look for more stories on the Hawks next season here on the Ameritime Sports website.
Photos courtesy of HHS Girls Track on Twitter.