Royals duo earns All-State honors in 200, Dalluge adds another in 400
by Jake Andersen
Rogers’ dynamic sprint duo ended their season on a high note at the state track and field meet.
Junior Kyra Dalluge placed in the top nine in the 200 and 400, while sophomore Michael Olowo did so in the 200, securing All-State honors and a trip to the state podium on June 7-8 at Hamline University.
Dalluge took seventh in the 400 with a time of 57.48 seconds, while taking ninth in the 200 with a time of 25.79 seconds. Olowo finished eighth in the 200 with a time of 22.70 seconds, while falling just short of the 100 finals in a 10th-place finish (11.05 seconds) in preliminaries.
It’s safe to say both were pleased with what they were able to do, considering they were competing in individual events at state for the first time.
“I was very proud of myself for finishing top-nine in the state for both events. I got a personal record in the 400 that I never thought I’d get and placed in the 200, which I could never make it to sections finals for in years past,” said Dalluge, whose 400 time broke the school record as well. “My 200 final time wasn’t ideal, but it will definitely motivate me to work harder this summer. I was very pleased overall.”
“I didn’t really feel well (for the 100), and I knew it wasn’t my best race, but I just put it behind me and refocused on my 200 and made finals,” Olowo said. “I really have nothing to be disappointed about because making it to state was a big accomplishment.”
Dalluge also competed with her 4x200-meter relay team, consisting of seniors Carlie Heinecke and Alana Walters, as well as seventh grader Jenny Heilman. They took 17th in 1:46.81.
“The relay didn’t go in our favor, but it was special to be able to run with my best friends,” Dalluge said. “I am going to miss (the seniors) so much next year, so it was nice to have one last big meet with Carlie and Alana.”
The state tournament marked the end of superb seasons for Dalluge and Olowo, who both broke multiple school records. Dalluge broke the 100, 200 and 400 records, while Olowo came away with records in the 100 and 200. They also both qualified for the Hamline Elite meet and were named to the All-Conference team.
They said their breakout seasons have shown them that they can compete with the best and that all their hard work has been worth it.
“This year has been indescribable. ... I accomplished what I wanted to and beyond,” Dalluge said. “I learned that I can compete with anyone in the state and that I must trust the process. I didn’t just magically become better this year. I spent all fall and winter training three to four times a week to get here. I gained so many opportunities and got a lot more recognition, which proved to me that hard work pays off.”
“It was a good season. ... My biggest takeaway is that I can compete with anyone, and the harder I work, I’ll only get faster and better,” Olowo said. “It’s a big confidence booster. Now I have to climb to a even higher level next year, while aspiring for new goals and achievements.”
And those goals will be pretty high.
“My goals will be higher in the state meet now,” said Olowo, who has two more seasons left. “I know what I need to do to really compete and separate myself from others.”
“My main goal is to work harder to place higher at the state meet,” said Dalluge, who will enter her senior season. “I’m already counting down the days until next year.”