Boys Track: Hubs returning upperclassmen in key events

Rochelle begins indoor season at Byron Indoor Preview on Saturday

Russell Hodges
Posted 3/7/22

The Rochelle Hub varsity track and field team saw multiple athletes finish just short of reaching the IHSA State Championship meet this past season. With activities returning to normal after a condensed 2020-21 season, head coach Dale Bergeson and the Hubs have high hopes that at least a few returning athletes will make the trip to the state meet this season.

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Boys Track: Hubs returning upperclassmen in key events

Rochelle begins indoor season at Byron Indoor Preview on Saturday

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ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Hub varsity track and field team saw multiple athletes finish just short of reaching the IHSA State Championship meet this past season. With activities returning to normal after a condensed 2020-21 season, head coach Dale Bergeson and the Hubs have high hopes that at least a few returning athletes will make the trip to the state meet this season.

Rochelle will beg the indoor season at the Byron Indoor Preview on Saturday, March 12. The Hubs are seeking to build on their sixth-place performance at the Interstate 8 Conference Championship meet and their 10th-place finish in the IHSA 2A Rochelle Sectional meet.

“We have a bigger team than we had last year and we have some returning seniors who we’re expecting great things from,” Bergeson said. “We’ve gained quite a few juniors who weren’t on the team last season and I’m excited to see what they can do for us. I think we’ll have a chance to compete in multiple events at the sectional meet which will be huge for our program.”

The Hubs will feature top-3 sectional finishers in the field events from last season including senior thrower Zach Sanford and senior high-jumper Ryan Simmons. Junior Hayden Inman returns in the pole vault, while junior Ethan Bergeson could be a breakout performer in the pole vault and hurdles. Senior Michael Ramsey returns as one of the team’s leading sprinters.

“We’re usually very strong in the high jump and I think we’ll have a lot more speed in the long jump and triple jump this season,” Bergeson said. “I think we’ll be able to put together a strong 400-meter and 800-meter relay team this season as well. We’re a little thin in the distance events right now, but we do have some freshmen and sophomores who could break out for us.”

The Hubs will close out the indoor season with the Gary Egler Invitational in Sycamore on Wednesday, March 16 and the Sterling Invitational on Saturday, March 19. Rochelle will return to a full outdoor schedule as well which will include the annual Ogle County Invitational. Bergeson said the Hubs will be striving for a top-4 finish in the Interstate 8 this season.

“We always want to take as many guys to the state meet as we can and I think we’ll have the chance to do that this season,” Bergeson said. “I think we’ll be competitive in our conference, which is always challenging with teams like Sycamore and Kaneland. I’m hoping we can have at least four events at the state meet and we were just short of reaching that mark last season.”