Norsemen finish 3rd, 4th at Ballard, H-D

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Despite placing a distant fourth at the tough Hampton-Dumont Invitational last Monday (April 15), the Norse boys did manage three first place finishes. Running in chilly temperatures that hovered around 32 degrees throughout the meet, Ryan Skaar (high jump) and two relay teams – the distance medley and the 4 x 200 – came out on top for the Norsemen. Ryan cleared the high jump bar at 5 ft. 10 in., claiming the tie breaker over Bo Brass of host Hampton-Dumont, who also cleared 5 ft. 10 in.

The 4 x 200 squad of Blake Morgan, Rob DePenning, Josiah Soderstrum and Charlie Steenhagen turned in a time of 1:35.45; just .05 of a second ahead of runner up Clear Lake (1:35.50, in what was an exciting “photo finish”.

The distance medley team cruised to the title, clocking in under 4:00 with a fine time of 3:51.48. Denver finished nearly 10 seconds behind to claim second place. Members of the distance squad included Blake Morgan, Charlie Steenhagen, Rob DePenning and Jerald Fritz.

Turning in a runner up performance was the 4 x 100 relay team of Blake Morgan, Andrew Schlatter, Joe Gast and Charlie Steenhagen. They crossed the finish line in :46.54, just .09 of a second behind winner Clear Lake at :46.45.

Coming in fourth for R-S was Trent Elliott in the 800 with a time of 2:11.17. Andrew Schlatter also placed fourth by tossing the shot put 41 ft. 6 ½ in.

Jacob Dedic was fifth in the 3200 (11:25.22), while teammate Thomas Wilgenbusch followed in sixth in the same event, clocking in at 11:35.48. Dedic placed sixth as well in the 1600 (5:14.04), as did the shuttle hurdle squad (1:07.77). Members of the latter included Cole Johnson, Ben Crisman, Brody Concannon and Ryan Skaar.

Hampton-Dumont battled it out with Clear Lake for the team title, with the host Bulldogs coming out on top by only three points, 104-101. Rounding out the 11-team field were Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (78), Roland-Story (69), Denver (68), Nashua-Plainfield and Clarion-Goldfield (55), Belmond-Klemme (52), Aplington-Parkersburg (51), Gladbrook-Reinbeck (40) and Grundy Center (29).

The Norse had some impressive J.V. performances at Hampton as well. Andrew Schlatter took first in the 100 meter dash (:12.12), as did Jason Darland in the discus (106 ft. 10 in.). The shuttle hurdle team of Franz Hurd, Joe Brown, Reid Selby and Parker Witthuhn also placed first with a time of 1:11.56.

Tyler Hovick was second in the 800 (2:38.22), as was the 4 x 800 relay squad (10:05.72). The members of the 4 x 800 were Logan Greiner, Tyler Greenhaw, Tyler Hovick and Cody Nelson. Finishing third were Ryan Hadaway in the shot put (35 ft. 10 ½ in.), Tyler Greenhaw in the 1600 (6:17.56) and the distance medley team (4:31.50). Members of the distance squad included Ben Crisman, Cameron Tinken, Joe Brown and Logan Greiner.

The Norsemen couldn’t quite catch runner up Earlham, falling six points shy of he second place spot, 91-85, in the Class B division of the Ballard Classic Relays held last Tuesday (April 16) in Huxley. CMB won the title with 122 ½ points.

The Norse still managed four first place finishes. Ryan Skaar won the high jump crown with a leap of 5 ft. 8 in. The 1600 meter title was claimed by Spencer Dedic (4:58.27). Spencer outlasted two other runners at the finish line by less than a second.

Also finishing first were the 4 x 400 and the 4 x 800 relay teams. The 4 x 400 clocked in at 3:38.00, while the 4 x 800 finished in 8:39.2; the latter cruising to the win by over 10 seconds. Members of the 4 x 400 included Rob DePenning, Matthew White, Blake Morgan and Charlie Steenhagen. The 4 x 800 squad consisted of Jerald Fritz, Trent Elliott, Zach Hovick and Matthew White.

Coming in second for the Norsemen was the 4 x 100 relay team, with members Blake Morgan, Andrew Schlatter, Joe Gast and Charlie Steenhagen turning in a time of :45.66, which was only .15 of a second behind first place finisher Earlham.

Placing third for Roland-Story were Rob DePenning in the 400 (:54.13), Trent Elliott in the 800 (2:14.92) and the 1600 medley (3:57.16). Members of the medley squad were Charlie Messer, Rob DePenning, Zach Hovick and Jerald Fritz. Fourth place finishers included Ryan Skaar in the 110 hurdles (:16.39), Blake Morgan in the 100 meter dash (:11.34) and the 4 x 200 relay squad (1:40.90).The 4 x 200 included Dylan Halder, Joe Gast, Alex Teig and Andrew Schlatter. Placing fifth for R-S was Alex Teig in the 200 (:24.83) and Charlie Steenhagen in the 100 (:11.44). And coming in sixth for the Norse were Jake Dedic in the 3200 (11:21.82), Andrew Schlatter in th shot put (42 ft. 1 ¾ in.) and the shuttle hurdle realy (1:08.23). Members of the latter included Cole Johnson, Ben Crisman, Brody Concannon and Ryan Skaar. Rounding out the team scoring were South Hamilton with 84 points, just one point in back of Roland-Story, Woodward-Granger at 78 points, Madrid had 49 and BCLUW posted 48 ½ points.