NEVADA — Distance, sprinting and field events all came together for the Roland-Story boys, and the Norse girls won a silver and five bronze medals at the Nevada Coed Relays April 4 at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
Roland-Story won the boys’ championship with 144 points. The Norsemen picked up wins in the 4 X 800-meter relay, open 3,200, sprint medley and high jump, edging out North Polk by eight points for the team title.
“Last year we were really distance-strong — we didn’t really have much for sprinters — so we’d come in fourth, third, second every meet,” Roland-Story 4 X 800 runner Eric Dowe said. “We’ve been doing really well because our sprint stepped up this year. It’s great to work as a team.”
The Norsemen opened running events with a win in the sprint medley relay. Eli Thorson, Drake Day, Zach Twedt and Grant Olson won in one minute, 39.84 seconds.
Then they came through in two distance events to take control.
Collin Greenfield used a great finish to take first in the 3,200. He drafted off Nevada’s Dalton Baker for most of the meet, then passed Baker over the final 200 meters.
“I knew to draft — it’s pretty windy out here,” Greenfield said. “Last probably 200 I kicked it. I know he’s got a pretty good kick, but I just knew with my mental toughness I could get it.”
Greenfield ran a time of 10 minutes, 24 .34 seconds. Baker clocked in at 10:27.52.
In the 4 X 800 Nick Wakefield, Gradyn Dowling and Carter Greenfield joined Dowe in producing a winning time of 8:46.70.
Dowe ran a great third leg to put Roland-Story in front.
“I just tried to shorten the gap a little bit each time,” Dowe said. “It felt really good to run a good race. If we can give (Carter Greenfield) a chance, we know we’ve got it in the bag.”
Greenfield pulled away to help Roland-Story beat North Polk by 12.81 seconds for the victory. He is just getting back into form after missing the team’s last meet with a cold.
“I’ve been trying to battle some sickness lately,” Greenfield. “I felt bad I couldn’t be there Tuesday at Gilbert with these guys. I love running with these guys — they’re my brothers.”
Wakefield later came in second in the 1,600 after crossing the finish line in 4:51.59. Gilbert’s Ethan Mesenbrink won in 4:47.85.
Sam Diehl continued to roll in the high jump by clearing six feet, four inches to win the event by six inches. Diehl also won silver in the 110 high hurdles with a time of :16.92.
Nathan Bell was runner-up to North Polk’s Caleb Lomica in both the shot put and discus with throws of 46-5 and 135-11.
In the shuttle hurdle Ethan Taylor, Tristan Balmer, Adam McIlrath and Diehl ran a 1:07.41 to come in behind Nevada’s 1:04.75. The Norsemen 4 X 200 team of Day, McIlrath, Wyatt Bunn and Twedt clocked in at 1:33.98 to finish within an eyelash of Nevada’s winning 1:33.65.
The Norsemen 4 X 100 team of Kyle Selby, Twedt, Thorson and Day also took second to Nevada with a :45.35 showing. Olson, Dowling, Dowe and Bunn were runner-up to Grinnell in the 4 X 400 with a time of 3:42.52.
Roland-Story finished fifth in the girls’ team standings with 77.5 points.
Pella and Gilbert dominated the girls’ eight-team field with 155 and 128 points respectively. Norwalk and Nevada took third and fourth with respective scores of 99 and 94.
Rachel Patton took second to Gilbert’s Haleigh Hadley in the high jump for the Norse girls. Both girls cleared 5-0, but it took Hadley fewer attempts to get there.
“I was hoping for a higher placement because I almost got 5-4 last meet,” Patton said. “But I’m happy with what I got.”
Patton is close to getting over the hump and reaching her goal.
“I think I could get there,” Patton said. “Just a little bit more work and time with it.”
Jadyn Nelson placed third in the high jump for Roland-Story. She jumped 4-10.
Ava Charlson, Madison Geise, Dana Vinson and Reece Johnson each won an individual bronze for the Roland-Story girls.
Charlson took third in the 100 hurdles with a time of :18.12. Gilbert’s Lydia Berns-Schweingruber and Tyzha Clark went first and second with respective times of :16.97 and :17.67.
Charlson also placed fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:17.28 and fifth in the long jump with a jump of 14-11.
Geise won her bronze in the discus with a throw of 100-8. Nevada’s Addi Vorm won with a throw of 109-8.75 and Pella’s Elly Cairney was second with a toss of 109-7.
Vinson was third in the shot for the Norse girls with a throw of 30-11.5. Vorm (34-2) and Pella’s Sara Bennett (33-3) were first and second in the event.
Johnson picked up a bronze in the open 400. She clocked in at 1:09.56 to come in just behind the runner-up time of 1:09.09 by Ames’ Alyson Harbaugh.
Gilbert’s Jordyn Milhous won the girls’ 400 in 1:05.09.
Roland-Story’s 4 X 200 team of Taryn Johnston, Maddie Morton, Juliann Clark and Kylie Tjernagel placed fourth in 1:58.23. Johnston finished fifth in the 200 with a time of :29.92, Madison Martindale was fifth in the discus with a throw of 90-5.5 and Macy Friest took fifth in the shot with a 29-10.5 effort.
The Norse girls’ 4 X 400 team of Johnston, Morton, Clark and Tjernagel also came in fifth with a 4:33.70 showing.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Pella 155 points, 2. Gilbert 128, 3. Norwalk 99, 4. Nevada 94, 5. Roland-Story 77.5, 6. Ames 68.5, 7. Grinnell, 66, 8. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 46.
Boys: 1. Roland-Story 144, 2. North Polk 136, 3. Nevada 117, 4. Gilbert 89, 5. Grinnell 84, 6. Ballard 12.