—by Todd Thorson
The Roland-Story boys edged past North Polk by just two points, 109-107, last Thursday (April 25) at the eight-team Norsemen Relays held in Story City. The Norse took four titles and also posted five runner up finishes to slip past the Comets.
The Norse boys virtually clinched the title on the second to last event of the night, winning the 4 x 100 title with a time of :44.82. With North Polk coming in a distant fifth, the Norsemen held a 105-97 lead heading into the meet’s final event – the 4 x 400. Having to finish fourth or better to clinch the crown outright, the Norse did just that, coming in fourth with a time of 3:44.25. North Polk won the 4 x 400, which they basically had to do to have a chance at the team title, posting a finish of 3:36.01. But they still fell two points short in the team standings.
The remainder of the team field finished well back of the Norsemen and Comets. Woodward Academy, South Hamilton and Gilbert all finished with 77 points. Ballard came in with 54 points, followed by Clarion-Goldfield at 37 and Ogden 20.
Members of the winning 4 x100 squad included Dylan Halder, Blake Morgan, Joe Gast and Charlie Steenhagen. The 4 x 400 squad, which did what they had to do to seal the team title, was made up of Rob DePenning, Zach Hovick, Jerald Fritz and Parker Witthuhn.
Also finishing first for Roland-Story was Spencer Dedic in the 1600 (4:50.27), Ryan Skaar in the high jump (6 ft. 1 in.) and the 4 x 200 relay squad (1:34.26). Members of the latter included Morgan, DePenning, Matthew White and Steenhagen.
Teammates Steenhagen and Morgan ran neck and neck together in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, as they finished second and third, respectively, in each of those races. Charlie had runner finishes of :11.76 and :23.52, while Blake claimed third with times of :11.96 and :24.08.
White also took second in the 800 with a time of 2:05.51. Two relay teams also took second – the 4 x 800 (8:27.40) and the distance medley (3:55.46). Members of the former included Fritz, Trent Elliott, Hovick and White. The latter was made up of Andrew Schlatter, Alex Teig, DePenning and Elliott.
In addition to the 4 x 400’s fourth place finish, the shuttle hurdle squad also placed fourth with a time of 1:06.87. Members included Cole Johnson, Ben Crisman, Brody Concannon and Skaar.
And rounding out the rest of the finishers for the Norse were Jacob Dedic, with a fifth place finish in the 3200 (11:09.39), and Schlatter’s sixth place post in the shot put (38 ft. 8 in.).