Rogers among four WSC track recruits

Wayne High jumper Cody Rogers is among four additions to the 2020 men’s track and field recruiting class at Wayne State College.

Coach Marlon Brink announced the signing of Rogers, along with Steven Hornberg from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Matthew Meisenheimer of Hartington and Sam Laufer from Papillion. They join earlier signees John Campbell of Grand Island, Noah Carr from Allen, Cody Crosley from Crofton, Zacob Evans of Elwood, Dylan Kneifl of Pilger, Collin Kotz from Papillion, Kolton Needham from Bassett and Abe Schroeder of Ravenna.

Rogers was a multi-sport standout at Wayne High, starting four years in track and field and two years each in football and basketball. He was a Class B state track qualifier in the long jump as a junior, long jump and triple jump during his sophomore season and in the triple jump as a freshman. This season, Rogers started on Wayne’s basketball team that reached the Class C-1 state tournament.

“Cody has a great amount of untapped jumping potential that we hope to be able to tap into,” said Coach Brink. “We believe he has the ability to continue our line of excellent horizontal jumpers. He will have good teammates to train with such as All-NSIC performer Mikhail Sands and together hope they can raise everyone’s performance level. And we are excited to recruit another local talent from Wayne High School.”

Hornberg is a distance runner from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School and will compete in both cross country and track and field at Wayne State. He was a two-time All-Missouri River Conference selection in cross country as a junior and senior. In track and field, Hornberg has posted personal-best times of 4:43 in the one mile and 10:36 in the two mile.

“Steven has had some success in cross country and track and field and we feel will work well together to strengthen our cross country and distance squad,” commented Coach Brink. “I think in a year-round training program that Steven will really start to shine. He is a great student as well and will be able to help maintain our teams’ exceptional team grade point average.”

Laufer is a jumper from Papillion-LaVista South High School where he was a three-year starter and letterwinner in track and field. As a junior in 2019, Laufer was a Class A state qualifier in the triple jump and holds the fourth-best triple jump mark in school history.

“Sam has a passion for jumping and will give our jumps crew additional talent to score points for the team,” said Brink. “He has had some good experience competing in Class A and I think that will benefit him as he transitions into the NCAA level.”

Meisenheimer is a thrower from Hartington-Newcastle Public School where he was a three-year starter in track and field, two years in football and one in basketball. Meisenheimer was a Class D state qualifier in the shot put as a junior in 2019 and helped his team win the Lewis and Clark Conference championship. He was the 2019 Lewis and Clark Conference champion in the discus and earned All-District honorable mention honors in football as a senior.

“Matt is a big, strong young man that is a diamond in the rough,” remarked Coach Brink. “He has a passion for throwing and will have a great training group to help push him to reach his full potential. It will be exciting to see what he can do in a year-round training program.”

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