J.V. track boys compete well at Ames

Todd ThorsonStaff Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Roland-Story J.V. boys’ track team “competed very well”, according to assistant coach Mark Billerbeck, despite less than ideal conditons and running up against some much larger schools at a meet held in Ames on Monday (April 4). It was the first competition of the season for the Norsemen. The Norse were the smallest school in attendance, competing with the likes of Dallas Center-Grimes, Ames, Johnston, Fort Dodge and Ankeny Centennial. The boys’ meet was divided into sophomore and freshmen divisions.

The Norsemen managed to sweep all three places in the sophomore shot put event, with Dylan Rivers, Matthew Hougland and Nathan Bell tossing the sphere 40 ft. 1 in., 37 ft. 4 1/4 in. and 36 ft. 9 in., respectively.

In the sophomore discus competition, the Norse took the 3-4-5 slots, as Zach Shadlow had a toss of 101 ft. 7 in.. Dylan Rivers and Nathan Bell each recorded throws of 101 ft. 1 in.

Sam Diehl took the sophomore high jump crown with a leap of 5 ft. 8 in. Kade Faga finished third (5 ft. 2 in.), just missing clearing the bar at 5 ft. 4 in.

Ben Chelsvig was fourth in the sophomore long jump competition, clearing 16 ft. 3/4 in.

“The field events did a great job,”said Coach Billerbeck. “(And) the running events were very interesting, as we ran some very good times, but did not win a single event. (But) not to be concerned about winning, it was just running against some very good guys (that will) make us better.”

The 4 x 800 relay team of Marcus Thomas, Zach Taylor, Eric Dowe and Nick Wakefield came in third in the sophomore division with a time of 9:49.87. The foursome braved a very strong wind (that later subsided) and still managed a fine finish.

Freshmen Noah Krull and Nick Theil competed in the freshmen and sophomore divisions of the 1600, respectively, turning in times of :11.91 and 5:25.84 to both finish eighth.

“Both Nick and Noah did a good job of competing against a very strong field,” commented Billerbeck. “Nick ran a 5:25 and Noah passed at least two runners in the last 100 meters to finish strong.”

The 4 x 400 relay team of Koby Hassebrock, Kade Faga, Ben Chelsvig and Carter Greenfield gave a good effort, finishing fourth with a time of 4:06.03 in the sophomore division.

As a team, the R-S sophomores finished third in the six team meet, totaling 56 points, trailing only Dallas Center-Grimes (128) and Ames (81). The R-S freshmen came in fifth with 18 points.

“We did have a few things that we can work to improve; our handoffs and a mix up with communications during the meet,” concluded Billerbeck, “but overall it was a good first meet.”