The State Qualifying Meet was a good meet for the Norsemen.
“We knew it was going to be tough competition and we challenged the guys to attempt to always reach for the next place so we could maximize our scoring out of 12 teams. We ended up third overall and only 6 points out of second so I think we scored very well,” said Coach Brian Petersen.
Roland-Story had four events that qualified to go to the state meet. Qualifying automatically were Zach Shadlow in the discus, and the 1,600-meter distance medley team of Zach Twedt, Wyatt Bunn, Grant Olson and Carter Greenfield (alternates are Austin Hobbs and Eric Dowe).
Qualifying based on being the top eight next best times were Greenfield in the 800-meter run and the 4x800-meter relay team of Greenfield, Dower, Gradyn Dowling and Nick Wakefield (alternates are Olson and Marcus Thomas).
On the night, the Norsemen had 12 seasons’ best results as well as several career bests.
“This is always the goal for track, to be your best at the end of the season. Obviously, we are very pleased and proud of the four events that are going to state but we had some events that did great just didn’t quite make it down to the blue oval,” Petersen said.
The sprint medley team finished fourth but set a school record by 2 seconds and was two 2 spots out of qualifying based on time.
“It has been a great season and we look to put a cap on it by having a terrific state track meet,” Petersen said.
Roland-Story Boys’ Individual Results
100-meter dash: Lydon Heifner, 9th place, 12.11; Derek Staker, 17th, 12.83
200-meter dash: Zach Twedt, 3rd, 24.07
400-meter dash: Ben Chelsvig, 5th, 54.96; Gradyn Dowling, 8th, 56.85
800-meter run: Carter Greenfield, 4th, 2:05.27; Marcus Thomas, 11th, 2:19.11
1600-meter run: Nick Wakefield, 5th, 5:02.70; Blake Lebeck, 13th, 5:19.67
3200-meter run: Blake Lebeck, 10th, 11:19.24; Nick Thiel, 12th, 11:33.02
110-meter hurdles: Ethan Taylor, 9th, 17.62; Sam Diehl, 10th, 17.82
400-meter hurdles: Ethan Taylor, 6th, 1:00.69; Blake Sievers, 8th, 1:02.36
4x100-meter relay: Derek Staker, Lydon Heifner, Adam Mcilrath, Austin Hobbs, 7th, 46.80
4x200-meter relay: Austin Hobbs, Adam Mcilrath, Wyatt Bunn, Grant Olson, 4th, 1:34.94
4x400-meter relay: Grant Olson, Zach Twedt, Eric Dowe, Carter Greenfield, 4th, 3:39.71
4x800-meter relay: Carter Greenfield, Eric Dowe, Gradyn Dowling, Nick Wakefield, 1st, 8:33.15
Distance medley: Zach Twedt, Wyatt Bunn, Grant Olson, Carter Greenfield, 2nd, 3:44.35
High jump: Sam Diehl, 7th, 5-10; Sam Skaar, 11th, 5-06
Long jump: Austin Hobbs, 4th, 19-02.75; Kade Faga, 14th, 17-10.25
Discus throw: Zach Shadlow, 2nd, 151-06; Matthew Hougland, 3rd, 126-09
Shot put: Nathan Bell, 4th, 45-09; Garek Hurd, 6th, 43-08.50
4x110-meter shuttle hurdle: Sam Diehl, Adam Mcilrath, Blake Sievers, Ethan Taylor, 6th, 1:04.93
800-meter medley: Lydon Heifner, Austin Hobbs, Zach Twedt, Grant Olson, 4th, 1:37.79