GILBERT — The Roland-Story boys brought home a team championship and the girls placed third at the Lindsey Ellingson Coed Invitational April 2 at Gilbert.
The Roland-Story boys picked up victories in the 3,200-meter run, high jump, shot put, discus, 100, 200, 4 X 100 and 4 X 200, scoring 172.5 points. The Norsemen beat Des Moines Christian by 26.5 points for first.
In the 3,200, Roland-Story’s Nick Wakefield used an amazing final kick to oust two outstanding runners in Gilbert’s Ethan Mesenbrink and South Hamilton’s Logan Peters. Mesenbrink and Peters led most of the way, but Wakefield came on strong to blow past his competitors down the final stretch and win with a personal-best time of 10:21.73.
“I knew those kids (Mesenbrink and Peters) were good from last year — they always beat me up,” Wakefield said. “I worked so hard for this. This just shows I can compete with anybody in the state.”
Mesenbrink ran a 10:23.21 and Peters a 10:39.76.
Sam Diehl was victorious in the high jump. He cleared 6-0 even to win the event over Des Moines Christian’s Braden Mars, who attempted six foot.
“It was a good day,” Diehl said. “I jumped pretty well. Six foot is pretty good.”
Nathan Bell gave the Norsemen a win in the shot with a throw of 45-6-5 to edge the 43-4.25 by Gilbert’s Isaac Roetman. Bell also won the discus with a toss of 128-1, topping the 118-1 by South Hamilton’s Cade Flaugh.
Eil Thorson won the 100 in :11.85, edging the :11.86 effort by Perry’s Kato Dugan. In the 200, Zach Twedt was the first to cross the finish line, running a :24.09 to beat out the :24.29 by Gilbert’s Tucker Hanson.
In the 4 X 100, the Norsemen team of Drake Day, Will Bunn, Thorson and Adam McIlrath won in :46.20. Saydel finished second in :46.43.
Roland-Story’s 4 X 200 team of Day, Jon Sansgaard, Bunn and Twedt also took first in 1:35.61. Des Moines Christian was second in 1:37.20.
The Norsemen 4 X 800, shuttle hurdle and sprint medley teams all came in second.
Carter Greenfield, Grant Olson, Gradyn Dowling and Eric Dowe ran the 4 X 800 in 9:02.17. South Hamilton won in 8:30.14.
In the shuttle hurdle Ethan Taylor, T.J. Hocraffer, McIlrath and Diehl clocked in at 1:06.94 to come in behind Des Moines Christian’s 1:04.32. Thorson, Sansgaard, Bunn and Twedt finished the sprint medley in 1:45.22 to trail only Des Moines Christian’s 1:42.26.
Diehl was second individually in the 110 high hurdles with a time of :17.08. Des Moines Christian’s Justin Groen won in :15.79.
In the girls’ competition, Roland-Story scored 133 points to beat out Ballard (106 points) for second. Gilbert won with 212 points.
Kaitlyn Kilstofte gave Roland-Story a runner-up time of 12:29.51 in the 3,000. Perry’s Jaylene Karolus won the race in 11:42.54.
“I had to dig deep through the strong winds, but I felt really good,” Kilstofte said. “Once it’s nice and calm out, it’ll be easier to run.”
Ava Charlson came in second in the long jump with a 14-10.75 performance. Gilbert’s Lydia Berns-Schweingruber won with a jump of 15-3.25.
Charlson also just missed out on gold in the 400 hurdles. She ran a 1:17.43 to come in just behind the 1:17.25 by Gilbert’s Callie Folkmann.
Rachel Patton was second in the high jump for Roland-Story with a 5-2 performance. Gilbert’s Haleigh Hadley took first after clearing 5-2.
Madison Geise won a silver medal in the discus with a toss of 86-6. South Hamilton’s Lily Skartvedt was the winner with a throw of 103-8.
Charlson, Taryn Johnston, Juliann Clark and Reece Johnson came in second in the distance medley for Roland-Story after running a 4:56.30. Ballard won in 4:41.28.
The Norse 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 teams both took third.
Johnston, Maddie Morton, Clark and Kylie Tjernagel ran the 4 X 100 in :55.99. Anne Wilgenbusch teamed with Geise, Reagan Vogelaar and Anna Peach to run a 2:01.94 in the 4 X 200.
Tjernagel won bronze in the 100 with a time of :14.25 and Morton was third in the open 400 with a 1:06.77 showing.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Gilbert 212, 2. Roland-Story 133, 3. Ballard 106, 4. South Hamilton 88, 5. Saydel 56 6. Perry 50, 7. Des Moines Christian 40.
Boys: 1. Roland-Story 172.5, 2. Des Moines Christian 146, 3. Gilbert 129, 4. South Hamilton 119.5, 5. Saydel 57, 6. Perry 54.5, 7. Ballard 44.5.