—by Todd Thorson

The Norsemen girls blew away the Class B field at the Carlisle Invitational held on Thursday (April 25), piling up 203 points; well ahead of West Marshall (115 ½) and Nevada (103 ½). In their best team performance of the season, the Norse racked up nine individual titles and eight runner-up finishes. The meet was never in doubt for the Norse, as they scored double points in nine of the 19 events staged. All totaled, the Norsemen had 22 top three finishes out of their 31 total entries in the meet.

Placing first for the Norsemen was Lauren Himan in the high jump (5 ft. 0 in.), Kayla Johnston in both the 100 meter (:14.03) and 200 meter (:27.80), Mikenzie Monthei in the 100 meter hurdles (:17.15) and the 400 hurdles (1:11.89) and Sarah Lunn in the 1500 (5:38.61).

Three relay teams claimed titles as well. The 4 x 100 squad clocked in at :53.99, almost 2 ½ seconds in front of runner up Pleasantville (:56.33). The 4 x 200 won their event by over four seconds, coming in with a time of 1:51.51. West Marshall was the runner up at 1:55.80.And the 4 x 800 squad crossed the finish line first with a time of 10:51.10; nearly a whole minute ahead of the field.

In the runner up positions for the Norse were Libby Faga in the long jump (15 ft. ½ in.), Kayla Knutson in the shot put (33 ft. 9 ¼ in.), Cathy Narigon in the 3000 (12:32.60), Anna Halstead in the 800 (2:36.56), Lexi Crutchfield in the 400 hurdles (1:14.32) and four relay teams – the 4 x 400 (4:24.38; just 49/100ths of a second behind WM), the distance medley (4:41.82), the shuttle hurdle (1:14.23) and the sprint medley (2:01.32; less than a second in back of Nevada).

Placing third for the Norsemen was Anna Himan in the 800 (2:38.49), Natalie Vance in the high jump (4 ft. 8 in.), Schyler Polaski in the discus (82 ft. 11 in.), Bryce Holmgren in the shot put (33 ft. 7 in.) and Lexi Georgius in the 100 (:14.24). Coming in fourth was Alexa Whipple in the 400 (1:08.59). Fifth place finishes included Lexi Georgius in the long jump (14 ft. 4 in.), Tara Rylant in the 200 (:29.99) and Cathy Narigon in the 1500 (5:53.80). Maggie Schnurr managed a sixth place finish for R-S with a 13:47.40 finish in the 3000.

Rounding out the team scoring was Bondurant-Farrar with 77 points, followed by Colfax-Mingo (68), Pleasantville (9), Carlisle (6) and Meskwaki (2).