The Hillsboro varsity girls track & field team sent ten individuals to this past Saturday’s sectional competition at Hillsboro High School. The only two survivors have a lot in common. They both qualified in the javelin…and they’re both sisters. Halle Roland, a senior, and Evie Roland, a sophomore, were the only Hawks to make it through the sectionals and qualify for the state meet, taking place this Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City.
Halle Roland won the javelin competition with a throw of 135 feet, four inches. She threw four and a half feet farther than a sophomore from Webster Groves who finished second. “I’m so extremely happy that I’m going to state again, and this time with my sister,” Roland exclaimed. “I am pleased with my performance today, and excited for what’s to come at state!”
Javelin was just an exhibition at state Roland’s freshman year, but the Hillsboro senior will now have competed in the event each year it has been scored at state. She finished 13th her sophomore season, throwing 101 feet, nine inches. She made marked improvement last year, finishing ninth, her best toss coming in at 117 feet, two inches.
And this year, she’ll be there with the support of her sister, Evie, who has been on the edge of qualifying the last couple of weeks. She placed fourth at districts with a throw of 113 feet, eight inches. She came through big on Saturday, throwing a season best 115 feet, three inches. She defeated the fifth place finisher by nine inches. “I’m super excited about going to state, and I’m pleased with my performance because I got my new PR,” she said. “It will be great to share this experience with my older sister Halle.”
There were three Hawks who just missed out on qualifying. Carmen Schultz saw her career come to a close finishing fifth in the pole vault. She vaulted eight feet, six inches, but had more attempts than the fourth place qualifier. Another senior, Kelsey Boyd, also saw her career end with a fifth place finish in the shot put. Her throw of 36 feet, three inches was a foot and six and half inches shy of the fourth place finisher from St. Clair. And freshman Maya Wright had her outstanding season come to end with a fifth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles. She ran a 16.45, 25 hundredths of a second behind the fourth place hurdler from Union.
Good luck to the Rolands, and congratulations to all the Hillsboro girls for an outstanding season this spring.