The Roland-Story boys’ varsity track team got its season off to a good start March 31, winning the R-S Coed Quad.
“It was an awfully cold day to run/throw/jump in but our kids really competed well in those conditions,” said head coach Brian Petersen. “We won eight events plus Noah Thomas won all four of the Wheelchair events, so anytime that all happens we consider it a good night. We feel the team is in a great place this early in the season as our times/distances put a lot of our kids in the top 20 of 2A already and we are really focused on improving each week.”
The Norsemen finished in first place with 108 points. PCM came in second with 92.5 points, Southeast Valley third with 46.5 and Hampton-Dumont fourth with 29. Nineteen events were scored during the meet.
“Some key highlights would be Dakota Rusher in the 3200 and 1600,” Petersen said. “Even though he took second place in both events he competed very well and ran smart races. His 3200 time puts him in the top 3 of 2A right now and over 30 seconds ahead of where he was at this point last season.”
The Norsemen had good showings in the relays, with the varsity teams coming in first- or second-place in every event.
“Another highlight would be our Sprint Medley Relay of Matt Moore, Lydon Heifner, Patrick Marlow and Carter Greenfield as well as the 4x100m Relay of Matt Moore, Lydon Heifner, Brett Staton and Patrick Marlow. Both groups have run times to put themselves in the top 6 or 7 of 2A already this season. The best highlight for us coaches was how well our kids competed throughout the night,” Petersen said.
The 4 x 100 relay team finished in first place with a time of :45.45.
The 4 x 200 relay team posted a time of 1:40.00, coming in first place. Members of the team were Jakob Pitman, Kyle Selby, Derek Staker and Brett Staton.
Another first-place relay was earned by the 4 x 400 team of Eric Dowe, Carter Greenfield, Matt Moore and Patrick Marlow. The team competed at a pace of 3:45.84, more than 12 seconds ahead of the second-place Southeast Valley team.
Beating second-place PCM by more than 30 seconds, the Norsemen’s 4 x 800 relay team earned a first-place finish with a time of 9:17.41. Relay members were Eric Dowe, Nick Wakefield, Grant Olson and Nick Theil.
In the 800-meter sprint medley, Roland-Story’s team of Matt Moore, Lydon Heifner, Patrick Marlow and Carter Greenfield came in first place with a time of 1:39.66.
The boys’ distance medley came in second place with a time of 4:08.47. Caleb Schlatter, Ben Chelsvig, Eric Dowe and Grant Olson were the teammates for this event.
The 4 x 110 shuttle hurdle team earned a second-place finish, with a time of 1:09.74. Ethan Taylor, Sam Diehl, Blake Sievers and Jake Ford were on the shuttle hurdle team.
The R-S boys’ track team earned many of its points in individual events, as well.
Noah Thomas competed in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash wheelchair and turned in times of :19.32, :35.77 and 1:13.53, respectively. Thomas also threw the shot put with a throw of 12 feet 7.5 inches.
In the 100-meter dash, Lydon Heifner and Kyle Selby finished third and fourth with times of 11.90 and 11.93, respectively.
Caleb Schlatter finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.31.
In the 400-meter dash, Patrick Marlow placed first with a time of 54.28, and Kade Faga placed fourth with a time of 58.32.
Carter Greenfield came in first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.49, and Nick Wakefield placed third with a time of 2:20.79.
In the 1,600-meter run, Dakota Rusher finished second and Nick Theil fourth, with times of 4:50.68 and 5:26.65, respectively.
Dakota Rusher also finished second in the 3,200-meter with a time of 10:14.64. Marcus Thomas placed fourth in this event with a time of 11:33.23.
Ethan Taylor placed second and Sam Diehl sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, with times of 17.46 and 19.20.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Jake Ford and Black Sievers finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 1:06.92 and 1:07.07.
Sam Diehl placed second in the high jump with a height of 5 feet 8 inches.
In the long jump, Kade Faga placed third with a jump of 17 feet 10 inches, and Ben Chelsvig placed sixth with a 16-foot jump.
Calvin Bright earned first place in the shot put with a 45 foot 11.5-inch throw. Nathan Bell placed third with a throw of 42 feet 9 inches.
In the discus, Calvin Bright placed second with a throw of 130 feet 5 inches, and Zach Shadlow placed third with a throw of 126 feet 2 inches.