Roland-Story took fourth place Thursday at the Norseman Invitational, scoring 134 team points.
North Polk secured the top three spots on the individual leaderboard and the team title, tallying 22 points.
Theresa Haskin was the top Norse runner, taking sixth with a time of 22 minutes, 13 seconds.
“While not everybody ran their best at our home meet, we had a couple of hard practices early in the week and I didn’t expect them to be back at full speed,” said coach Brad Dedic.
“We are looking down the road right now hoping to peak out during Conference and District meets, so we are still working hard to that end. Despite this, I thought we still had some impressive performances considering the tired legs and the heat,” he said.
The boys varsity all ran solid races and R-S had a few others that ran pretty well in the JV scoring. Max Halstead medaled in the JV race as the Norse’s 8th man. Nick Thiel, Blake Lebeck and Zane Haglund also were top 10 medalists in the JV race. Additionally, Carson Ehrenberg had a fire under him and ran his best race of the season, and Cael Schreier and Jakob Lester both turned in personal records.
“Our ladies also performed well considering the illness and injury we have been plagued with this season thus far. We are without several potentially good runners and Kaitlyn Kilstofte went down today with walking pneumonia,” Dedic said.
Despite that, the girls’ team still managed a fourth place finish behind Theresa Haskin, who has been on a mission to get better this year no matter what and turned in an impressive 22:13 this evening.
Kylie Tjernagel is getting back on track and ran 23:23 after battling a recent illness. Emma Auld ran a season high and placed third for the Norse with Taryn Perry and Grace Teig rounding out the scoring varsity. Natalie Osmundson also turned in a career best at the home meet.
“We are looking forward to running at Nevada on Tuesday the 26th. This meet replaces the Heartland meet that we ran the last few years. While the course is not as spectator friendly, it is a nice run for the team as they get to spread out and not run a bunch of repetitive loops and it’s very scenic,” Dedic said.