R-S CC runners host Norsemen Invitational at River Bend

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
R-S CC runners host Norsemen Invitational at River Bend

—by Todd Thorson

Last Thursday, Sept. 25, the Roland-Story cross country teams hosted their annual Norsemen Invitational at River Bend Golf Course in Story City. And from Coach Chad Gilroy’s reaction, it was a “great event” for the Norse team.

“We walked away with 16 season best performances and one career best performance,” stated Gilroy. “A couple more runners were very close to setting all-time best marks as well.”

Spencer Dedic and Cathy Narigon led their Norsemen teams with 7th and 8th place finishes, respectively. Spencer clocked in at 17:53.48 in the 5K race. Cathy posted a 4K time of 16:41.12. The R-S boys finished 4th in the team standings with 121 points, trailing only champion Dallas Center-Grimes (39), Saydel (92) and Ogden (98). The Norse girls came in 8th as a team with 194 points. Dallas Center-Grimes also won the girls’ meet with 30 points, followed by runner up Greene County (92) and West Central Valley (101). Ten teams competed in the girls’ race, while 12 squads took part in the boys’ meet.

The R-S Middle School also competed in the Norsemen Invitational, and 8th grader Gradyn Dowling turned in an impressive performance, capturing the boys’ individual title with a 2 mile time of 11:51.07; nearly five seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. The Norse 7th/8th grade boys’ team placed third with 109 points, trailing only Gilbert (28) and Nevada (86). Eleven teams took part in the boys’ middle school race.

Rounding out the boys’ varsity squad were: Dakota Rusher (19th, 18:29.21), Parker Witthuhn (24th, 18:32.96), Jacob Morgan (31st, 18:49.72) and Blake Sievers (59th, 19:54.62). Other varsity runners included: Marcus Thomas (66th, 20:10.92) and Tyson Manzer (96th, 21:08.94). Trey Thompson of Ogden won the boys’ meet with a time of 16:46.11); nearly 22 seconds ahead of runner up Casey Roberts of Saydel.

The girls’ varsity team included: Taylor Smith (33rd, 18:04.92), Taryn Perry (53rd, 19:04.06), Ashley Webb (73rd, 20:12.77), Kim Hendrian (83rd, 20:43.98) and Bridget Concannon (106th, 22:13.48). Freshman Lexi Smith of DC-G took the girls’ crown with a time of 15:36.81; almost 45 seconds ahead of runner up finisher Caitlin Dewell of Nevada (16:20.50).

J.V. runners for the Norse boys’ were as follows: Nate Lasley (21:35.96), Reid Selby (22:32.54), Carsen Ehrenberg (22:36.46), Zach Taylor (22:37.96), Saber Cory (22:51.76), William Larson (23:55.12), Brandon Greenhaw (26:20.34) and Garret Twedt (29:07.28).

“I was proud of how the kids came out to compete,” continued Coach Gilroy. “We have spent some time talking about mental toughness and what it actually means in a race setting. They truly came out with a mentally tough attitude and executed their goals. It was smiles all around camp with the excitement that was generated. It’s fun to watch their confidence build in this part of the season!”

The girls’ middle school runners were led by Kaitlyn Kilstofte and Theresa Haskin in 9th and 13th place, respectively. Kaitlyn turned in a finish of 14:02.23, while Theresa posted a time of 14:22.45. Other Norse girls competing were: Emma Auld (30th, 15:06.97), Kaitlyn Strobl (68th, 17:00.44), Angie Beyer (81st, 18:22.80), Madelyn Arthur (85th, 18:54.64), Josie Thomas (88th, 19:14.50), Madison Heim (19:19.95), Angela Harstead (91st, 19:23.95) and Anissa Alitz (100th, 21:04.49). The 7th/8th Norse girls finished seventh out of 10 teams with 164 points. North Polk won the M.S. meet with 43 points, while Nevada was runner up at 83, followed by Gilbert in third place (86).

Other Middle School boys’ runners included: Matt Mehrtens (22nd, 13:06.60), Nick Thiel (23rd, 13:08.89), Seth Moore (37th, 13:51.01), Noah Krull (44th, 14:10.57), Eli Ruben (55th, 14:24.90), Caleb Greenhaw (74th, 15:27.80), Gabe Reitano (78th, 15:54.75), Nolan Jackson (80th, 16:06.87), Colby Martin (89th, 16:37.18) and Jakob Lester (123rd, 21:58.45).