—by Todd Thorson

On a night the Norse girls competed alongside their counterparts, the R-S boys, the former were able to cruise to the Bulldog Relays title at Ogden last Monday night (April 29), piling up 170 total points – 41 ahead of runner up Gilbert (129). The Norsemen won three of the four field events, as they jumped out strong from the outset. Lauren Himan, Libby Faga and Kaylee Knutson got the Norse off on the right foot, winning the high jump (5 ft. 2 in.), long jump (16 ft. 3 ½ in.) and shot put (35 ft. 2 ½ in.) crowns, respectively. Also finishing first was Kayla Johnston in the 200 meter dash (:26.74).

Anna Himan and Anna Halstead finished one-two in the 800 meter run with times of 2:33.59 and 2:33.83, respectively. The 4 x 200 relay team of Taylor Olson, Libby Faga, Lauren Himan and Kayla Johnston also claimed first place honors, clocking in at 1:51.37. Their winning time was over 3 ½ seconds in front of rival South Hamilton (1:54.95).

Runner-up performances were also prevalent for the Norse. Kayla Johnston finished second in the 100 meter dash with a time of :13.86. Mikenzi Monthei was also second in both the 100 hurdles (:17.26) and the 400 hurdles (1:10.78). Bryce Holmgren was runner up in the shot put with a toss of 34 ft. 6 ½ in.

Roland-Story used their strengths in the relay events to capture second in five of the seven relays run. The 4 x 100 squad posted a finish of :53.08 to finish just 63/100ths of a second behind Gilbert. Members included Mikenzi Monthei, Lexi Georgius, Kirsten Waline and Kayla Johnston. The 4 x 400 team of Alexa Whipple, Lexi Crutchfield, Anna Himan and Lauren Himan finished in 4:18.16, 67/100ths of a second in back of Gilbert. The 4 x 800 took second behind South Hamilton with a time of 10:48.91. The Hawks turned in a fine time of 10:18.73 to win the title. Members of the 4 x 800 included Chelsey Tinken, Nicole Tryon, Sarah Lunn and Anna Halstead. The distance medley team finished second behind Gilbert with a time of 4:36.98. The Tigers won the distance relay with a time of 4:31.46. Members of the medley team were Taylor Olson, Lauren Himan, Traci Marienau and Anna Himan. And the shuttle hurdle team of Alyson Riesberg, Lexi Crutchfield, Kirsten Waline and Mikenzi Monthei turned in a time of 1:10.73 to take second as well.

Lexi Georgius took third in the 100 meter dash with a time of :14.03 and Lexi Crutchfield did the same in the 400 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 1:14.83. The sprint medley team also finished third with a time of 2:00.27. Members included Lexi Georgius, Kirsten Waline, Taylor Olson and Traci Marienau.

Fourth place finishes went to Sarah Lunn in the 1500 (5:38.04) and Cathy Narigon in the 3000 (13:29.04). Tara Rylant came in fifth in the 400 meter dash (1:05.54). And Alyson Riesberg and Kaylee Knutson each came in sixth in their respective events, the 100 hurdles (:18.35) and discus (84 ft. 10 ½ in.).

Rounding out the field behind Roland-Story and Gilbert were Greene County (108), South Hamilton (74), North Polk (66), Ogden (25) and Colo-Nesco (15). The upstart Norsemen continue to be supported by primarily sophomores (12) and juniors (10), and are also joined on the squad by eight freshmen. Only two seniors are currently listed on the roster – Alyson Riesberg and Nicole Tryon.