Roland-Story had a great meet on Saturday at Fort Dodge as runners competed in the State Cross Country Meet.
Kylie Tjernagel finished in 50th place overall in a time of 21:18 which is 3 seconds faster than her 5K school record from last year (of 21:21), but on the state meet course.
Kaitlyn Kilstofte was right behind her at 54th overall and a time of 21:20.
“Both of them ran excellent races,” said Brad Dedic. “Since they were just short of getting the whole team to the state meet, they might have not felt the pressure to work as hard as normal, but they really went out and competed and they should be proud of their performances.
“I’m really looking forward to having these two ladies back next year to lead their team. I have heard from several girls this year thinking about joining this team next year and with the returners we have, we could have a pretty good team next year despite the loss of several key seniors.”
The Norse guys put on a great show at state, Dedic said.
“All the guys ran well on this course right down the line and finished fifth overall as a team,” he said.
Collin Greenfield finished first for the Norse and set a career personal record of 17:26.1 and 18th overall in the team scoring.
Nick Wakefield finished 23rd in the meet and second for the Norse with a time of 17:39.3.
Gradyn Dowling ran a 17:41.6 and only 2 seconds off of his career best and good for 27th in team scoring.
Grant Olson and Dylan Ihle ran 18:17.2 and 18:19.5, respectively, both about 7 seconds from career records and they rounded out the team scoring at 50th and 52nd place.
Eric Dowe ran a 19:35.9 and placed 95th overall followed closely by Blake Lebeck at 96th in a time of 19:37.0.
“This was a fantastic way for this group and particularly these seniors to finish the season and leave the bar at a high level. I was really proud of their performance,” Dedic said.
“This was a goal for them all year and to finish as well as they did is a testament to all of the hard work they put forth not just during the season, but in the off season as well. All of the seniors have been pretty great to work with the last several years and with so many of them on the guys team, it’s too bad we can’t have more runners in these end of season meets,” the coach said.
Also, Dedic said this is the best finish that a boys’ team has had in Roland-Story’s cross-country history.
“There are so many very nice young ladies and gentlemen on both squads,” Dedic said. “They should all be proud of the mark they have made on and off the course and in the classroom as well as representing our school. We look forward to continuing to build upon the foundation they have set over the last four years.”