Kewps’ Rorvig back on track

Basketball standout wins three individual events in season opener.
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:20 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

It didn’t take long for Hickman’s Kaela Rorvig to make the transition from basketball to track.

Rorvig, who started in the Class 5 basketball championship final for the Kewpies two weeks ago, won three individual events and anchored the girls’ 4x400 relay to victory as the Kewpies defeated Rock Bridge in a dual meet 113-27 on Tuesday at Hickman.

The Hickman boys defeated Rock Bridge 92-38.

Rorvig, also named an All-State basketball player Tuesday, won the long jump (16 feet, 11 inches), triple jump (34-10 1/2), 400 (1 minute, 2.4 seconds) and ran a 1:08 split in the 4x400 relay (4:24).

Rorvig, the two-time defending state champion in the 400 who has signed to compete at Missouri, showed no signs of slowing down in her first 400 of the season. She led the entire race and seemed to effortlessly cruise to the victory.

The cold and windy weather might have been her toughest competition, but she didn’t let them faze her.

“The weather is kind of bad, but you just have to adjust,” Rorvig said. “I felt like I kind of hit a wall there (on the windy backstretch), but you just have to run through it.”

Fellow Kewpie Emily Young finished second in 1:05.4.

Rorvig said her basketball conditioning will make up for her lack of track workouts.

“It takes awhile to make the transition,” she said. “I haven’t had as many (track) practices as I wished I had, but basketball kept me in shape.

Hickman coach Steve Luetjen said he isn’t concerned with Rorvig’s early season results.

“We’re trying to break her in easily and not expect a whole lot out of her,” he said. “We don’t want to push it. In eight weeks, she will be at the state track meet and we want to make sure she is healthy. We don’t want to run her too much early and fatigue her.”

Tim Cornell also ran well for the Kewpies. He ran a 1:59 as the first leg of the 4x800 relay that won in 8:26. Cornell’s best race appeared to be the 1,600-meter run, though, for he won in 4:32.6 and finished 100 meters ahead of his nearest competition.

Hickman’s Kurt Schawecker placed second in 4:51.5.

Cornell, a junior, won the Class 4 state cross country meet in the fall, and Luetjen said that accomplishment should help Cornell’s track season.

“Tim is really feeding off of his fall cross country season,” Luetjen said. “He hasn’t missed a beat. He kept training and I think the momentum from that season will carry over into this season. We expect big things out of him.”

Rock Bridge coach Neal Blackburn said despite the inclement weather, the meet was important.

“The most important thing about this meet is just to get a chance to look at all of the kids and see what we’ve got,” he said. “It’s the first time for Hickman and us both to see everyone in action. There is a lot of experimentation and it makes it valuable in that way.”

Luetjen agreed and said the learning experience for his younger athletes is invaluable.

“We’re trying to get the athletes that have never been in a meet before (learn) how to prepare,” he said. “They need to learn how to warm up, how to train, how to prepare for a meet, how to compete against your teammates and your opponent.”

Bo Williams performed well for the Bruins, winning the 200 in 24:11.

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