R-S girls 13th at state cross country meet

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
R-S girls 13th at state cross country meet

—by Todd Thorson

The Roland-Story girls’ cross country team finished 13th at the 2A State Cross Country Meet held under cool, but sunny conditions Saturday, Nov. 2, at Fort Dodge. It was the fourth consecutive year the Norsemen have qualified for state, and seniors Sarah Lunn and Anna Halstead have had the priviledge to participate in all four of those trips. “What an accomplishment!” said an impressed Coach Chad Gilroy.

Sarah Lunn led the Norse witha 33rd place finish and a time of 16:23.90. Anna Halstead was 54th with a finish of 17:06.20. Cathy Narigon came in 59th, posting a time of 17:09.70, followed by Tara Rylant in 73rd (17:34.80), Taylor Smith in 82nd (17:47.70) and Traci Marienau in 93rd (18:30.30).

“It was a great finish to the girls’ season,” added Coach Gilroy. “We had three season best performances and one career best. I was extremely proud of all of the hard work they put in this season, and also how they showed up and competed this (past) weekend.”

The Norsemen posted 301 points, two ahead of Panorama (303) and Northeast Goose Lake (321). The Gilbert girls won the 2A state title, as expected, with 59 points; 17 ahead of runner up Unity Christian (76). Grace Gibbons led the Tigers by claiming the individual crown with a blistering time of 14:28.60; over 30 seconds in front of runner up Becca McDermott of Cascade (15:01.40). Gilbert’s Carly Rahn was fourth overall at 15:09.50 and Sadie Timms finished eighth with a time of 15:22.70.

Rounding out the rest of the 2A field were Cascade (95), Western Christian (124), Iowa City Regina (172), Monticello (181), South Central Calhoun (188), North Fayette Valley (208), Greene County (238), Davis County (241), East Marshall (242) and North Polk (281).

The Norse will lose two others among their six varsity runners in addition to Halstead and Lunn, they are Traci Marineau and Tara Rylant, who are also seniors. Juniors Cathy Narigon and Taylor Smith will be called upon to lead next season’s team.

“After this meet I (just) have to say that I am looking forward to next season,” concluded Gilroy. “Only eight months until we get rolling again!”