The boys’ track meet at Hampton-Dumont on April 17 and “it was one of the best weather April days/nights that I can remember since I have been a track coach,” said head track coach Brian Petersen. “The kids did a nice job in a meet where we got to see some different competition from what we usually see.”
Roland-Story boys also will run their qualifying meet in Hampton on May 11, so it was good for the kids to get a chance to run and compete on that track.
“Since we run two days in a row we don’t run the kids as hard but that gives some other kids a chance to show us what they can do,” Petersen said.
Some highlights were the 800-meter sprint medley of Kyle Selby, Brett Staton, Lydon Heifner and Patrick Marlow who won in a time of 1:39.82. That same group also ran really well in the 4x100-meter relay and took second place with a time of 45.66.
“Sam Diehl continues to shine in the high jump as he is consistently going 6-0’ or better about every meet,” Petersen said.
The next day’s weather for the Ballard Relays was rainy and windy, but the Norsemen competed well and ended up winning Class B.
“We were pretty good in most events on Tuesday at Ballard but Dakota Rusher stood out in the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs. He took first in both with very good times, and his 3,200-meter run was good enough to win both Class B and Class A,” Petersen said.
“This was a true team title as it took points from the field, distance and sprint events to win. We were very excited to see our hard work show especially with some injuries to key guys that we have overcome in the last few weeks,” he added.