STORY CITY — The Roland-Story boys’ track team won five relays and two field events en route to claiming the Norsemen Relays team championship April 25 at Story City.
Roland-Story took first in the sprint medley, shuttle hurdle, distance medley, 4 X 800 and 4 X 400-meter relays. Nathan Bell added victories in the shot put and discus, and the Norsemen won three individual running events, piling up 165 points to easily beat Nevada’s 109 points for first out of 10 teams.
Kyle Selby, Drake Day, Wyatt Bunn and Zach Twedt ran the sprint medley in one minute, 40.75 seconds to beat the 1:41.51 effort by Clarion-Goldfield-Dows for first. Tristan Balmer, Adam McIlrath, T.J. Hocraffer and Ethan Taylor finished the shuttle hurdle in 1:07.20 to edge Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ 1:07.77 for the gold.
In the distance medley Selby, Caleb Markwardt, Jon Sansgaard and Nick Wakefield won in 3:50.85. Woodward Academy took second in 3:52.58.
Carter Greenfield, Gradyn Dowling, Grant Olson and Eric Dowe completed the 4 X 800 in 8:33.04 to top Nevada by 14.22 seconds for the gold. Olson, Greenfield, McIlrath and Twedt were victorious in the 4 X 400, running a 3:35.25 to best Woodward Academy’s 3:39.42.
Roland-Story’s 4 X 200 team of Day, McIlrath, Bunn and Twedt clocked in at 1:34.77 to place second to Woodward Academy’s 1:33.92. Twedt, Bunn, Selby and Day ran a :45.18 in the 4 X 100 to take third behind Nevada’s :44.26 and Woodward Academy’s :44.78.
Bell won the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 0.5 inches. He beat the 47-4.5 by Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Ryan Watne for first.
Bell’s best toss in the discus was 137-3. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Nate Rapp came in second with a throw of 135-2.
Olson, Greenfield and Wakefield were Roland-Story’s individual victors on the track.
Olson won gold in the open 400 with a time of :52.15. Nevada’s Carter Franzen was second in :54.26.
Greenfield completed the 800 in 2:06.29 to top the 2:12.57 by Nevada’s Jacob Sanders for first. Wakefield finished the 3,200 in 10:08.91 to outlast the 10:17.86 by South Hamilton’s Zakee Newman for gold in the event.
Wakefield and Dowling were second and third in the 1,600 with respective times of 4:51.37 and 4:57.04. Newman just edged out Dowling for first with a 4:51.26 showing.
Taylor gave Roland-Story a bronze medal in the 110 high hurdles after running a :16.32. Aplington-Parkersburg’s Gannon Oberhauser won in :16.01 and Nevada’s Sam Abraham placed second in :16.21.
The Roland-Story Red team placed 10th in the team scoring with 21 points. The team placed fourth in the 4 X 200, and sixth in the 4 X 100, 4 X 400, 4 X 800 and sprint medley.
Final team scores: 1. Roland-Story 165 points, 2. Nevada 109, 3. Woodward Academy 87, 4. Aplington-Parkersburg 79, 5. South Hamilton 78, 6. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 57, 7. South Tama 48, 8. Ogden 47, 9. Ballard 38, 10. Roland-Story Red 21.
GILBERT — Roland-Story made a statement in sprint relays at the Bengal Relays boys’ track meet April 22 in Gilbert.
The Norsemen won the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200-meter relays, along with the sprint medley, to score 180 points, beating Gilbert by 29 points for the Class A team championship.
The Norsemen are ranked among the top 20 2A teams in all three relays, giving them a good shot at state in each event.
“That’s the goal,” senior runner Drake Day said. “Get as many as we can through to state.”
Day, Eli Thorson, Adam McIlrath and Zach Twedt won the 4 X 100 in 45.91 seconds. They beat West Marshall by 0.84 seconds for the gold.
In the 4 X 200, Will Bunn teamed with Selby, McIlrath and Twedt. They clocked in at 1:35.46 to beat West Marshall’s 1:36.41 for first.
Kyle Selby joined Day, Twedt and McIlrath to win the sprint medley in the opening race of the meet.
The Norse team ran a 1:42.77. They easily beat West Marshall’s 1:44.62 for first in Class A and also nosed out Class B champ Madrid, who came in at 1:43.02.
Twedt, usually a 100 and 200 runner, had to anchor the sprint medley with the 400 leg. He had just enough to hold off Madrid’s Harrison Bickham for first overall among both classes.
“I couldn’t give up on these guys,” Twedt said. ”I had to finish it. I feel really good now that we’re done.”
McIlrath ran a tremendous 200 leg to get Twedt in position to close it out.
“I just wanted to give my team a lead,” McIlrath. “I knew (Bickham) was really fast and I wanted to give this big old man (Twedt) a head start.”
The Norsemen also won a distance relay. Their 4 X 800 team of Jon Sansgaard, Eric Dowe, Gradyn Dowling and Wyatt Bunn took first in Class A with an 8:30.24 showing.
Ethan Taylor, McIlrath, T.J. Hocraffer and Sam Diehl teamed to win silver in the shuttle hurdle for Roland-Story with a time of 1:06.43. Hampton-Dumont/CAL took first in Class A with a 1:03.36 effort.
Diehl, Sansgaard, Caleb Markwardt and Dowe won bronze in the distance medley with a time of 4:00.84. Sansgaard, Dowe, Dowling and Bunn came in third in the 4 X 400 after running a 3:47.14.
Roland-Story picked up two gold medals in individual events
Grant Olson won the open 400 in :52.22, comfortably topping Gilbert’s Griffin Ruba by 2.38 seconds for first. Nick Wakefield turned in a time of 4:42.38 in the 1,600 to defeat Gilbert’s John Ockey by 8.5 seconds for the gold medal.
Thorson ran an :11.79 in the 100 to place second behind the :11.68 effort by West Marshall’s Jake Tollefson. Bunn and Sansgaard were second and third in the 200 with respective times of :24.38 and :24.54, trailing only the :24.09 by Gilbert’s Tucker Hanson.
Taylor completed the 400 hurdles in 1:02.12 to take second behind the 1:01.70 by Iowa Falls-Alden’s Tim Long. Greenfield placed third in the open 400 with a :55.01 showing.
In field events, Diehl was runner-up in the high jump and Nathan Bell took second in the shot put and third in the discus.
Diehl peaked with a jump of five feet, 10 inches. Long won after jumping 5-10 in fewer attempts than Diehl and fellow Iowa Falls-Alden jumper Cody Reed.
Bell’s best throw in the shot was 44-6.75, coming in just three inches behind the winning throw by Gilbert’s Issac Roetman. In the discus, Bell had a toss of 125-4 to again fall painfully short of winning as Iowa Falls-Alden’s Koby Meyer and Dylan Madden turned in throws of 125-7 and 125-5.
Final Class A team scores: 1. Roland-Story 180 points, 2. Gilbert 151, 3. Iowa Falls-Alden 124, 4. Hampton-Dumont/CAL 95.5, 5. West Marshall 80, 6. South Hardin 654, 7. I-35 46.5.