Norse runners compete at Jim Klein Invite
—by Todd Thorson
After over a week off, the Roland-Story cross country runners competed at the Jim Klein Invitational, hosted by South Hamilton, at the Jewell Golf and Country Club last Thursday (Oct. 9). And looking at the times, the Norsemen ran very well despite finishing in 7th (boys) and 10th (girls) place.
“Just over half of the team ran season and/or career best times,” stated Coach Chad Gilroy.
Cathy Narigon and Spencer Dedic led the R-S squads, each earning top 20 finishes. Spencer came in 16th with a 5K time of 17:51.66. Cathy crossed the finish line in 19th place with a 4K time of 17:07.12.
“On the average we were about 20 seconds ahead of last year’s times,” Gilroy continued, “which is pretty impressive with the increase in mileage a lot of kids are doing this season.”
The Norse boys came in 7th with 165 points. Gilbert won the title with 42 points, edging out East Marshall (55). Eagle Grove was third (115), followed by CMB (137), Ogden (148) and Nevada (160). A total of 13 boys teams competed in the race. Bradley Richard and Wesley Greder of Gilbert finished first and second with times of 16:41.40 and 16:41.74, respectively.
Other varsity runners for the Norsemen boys included Dakota Rusher (22nd, 18:13.03), Parker Witthuhn (29th, 18:25.26), Jacob Morgan (52nd, 19:04.41), Blake Sievers (54th, 19:10.25), Marcus Thomas (75th, 19:52.39) and Nate Lasley (104th, 21:17.48).
Posting times for the girls’ varsity team were: Taylor Smith (40th, 18:18.94), Taryn Perry (53rd, 18:44.74), Leah Markwardt (93rd, 20:10.12), Ashley Webb (98th, 20:19.83), Kim Henrdian (100th, 20:26.40) and Bridget Concannon (128th, 22:30.03).
The Norse girls were 10th out of 11 teams with 239 points. Colo-Nesco was last at 317. Winning the girls’ meet was Gilbert with 32 points. West Marshall edged Panorama for second 60-73. East Marshall followed at 153, with Madrid (164), South Hamilton (171), CMB (186), Eagle Grove (194) and Nevada (205) rounding out the field. Carly Rahn and Karli Rastetter of Gilbert finished 1-2 with times of 15:34.45 and 15:39.68, respectively.
Other Norse boys running in the meet were: Tyler Greenhaw (21:44.55), Saber Cory (21:59.41), Zach Taylor (22:44.56), William Larson (23:04.17), Carsen Ehrenburg (23:38.41), Brandon Greenhaw (24:14.06), Ramon Mendoza (25:00.11) and Garret Twedt (26:19.90).
“I was really happy with the way the first year athletes performed,” commented Coach Gilroy. “They showed a lot of toughness through the second half of the race. I think the highlight for me was watching every single one of my athletes fight to the end. It was awesome!”
Gilroy continued his analysis of the way his runners have progressed this season, and how far they have come since the beginning of the school year: “We talk about having a positive race and improving your place in the last mile. Many, if not all, of my runners accomplished that in this race. That was something I was very proud of.”
The Norsemen cross country teams took part in the HOIAC meet on Monday (Oct. 13). The District meet will follow on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Panorama. The state meet takes place on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Fort Dodge.
—photos by Peg Patterson