Norsemen boys fourth at Eagle Invitational

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Norsemen boys traveled to Saydel Thursday night (April 14) to take part in the large, 14-team, one class Eagle Invitational. It was an opportunity for the Norse to compete against both large and small schools. And the weather couldn’t have been much better. When the final gun had been sounded and all the finish lines had been crossed, the Norsemen boys found themselves in fourth place with 80 points. Madrid ran away with the title, piling up an impressive 185 points; well ahead of runner up North Polk (133). Gilbert finished third with 98 1/2 points.

The Norse had three second place finishes. Alex Teig ran well and clocked in at :23.81 in the 200. The 4 x 100 team of Matt Moore, Patrick Marlow, John Barclay and Alex Teig ran a :45.06; shy of a second behind Madrid’s :44.16. The 4 x 200 relay also finished second with a time of 1:35.33; just 23/100ths of a second behind North Polk’s winning time of 1:35.10. Members of the 4 x 200 included Matt Moore, Tyler Hovick, Patrick Marlow and John Barclay.

Finishing fourth for R-S were Alex Teig in the 400 (:52.46) and the 4 x 800 relay (9:06.22). Members of the 4 x 800 included Cody Nelsen, Dakota Rusher, Eric Dowe and Blake Sievers.

Fifth place finishes were recorded by Dakota Rusher in the 1600 (4:54.67), Calvin Bright in the shot put (44 ft. 6 1/2 in.) and the distance medley relay (4:03.79); the latter consisting of Lydon Heifner, Austin Hobbs, Tyler Hovick and Cody Nelsen.

And coming in sixth for the Norsemen was Collin Greenfield in the 3200 (10:56.67).

“Our focus has been on competing in each race, as we know our training wil continue to lower our times throughout the season,” said Coach Brian Petersen. “Our kids did a nice job of competing in their events. In the shot put and discus most of our throwers set their own personal bests. And our 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 were again very good and again set season best times as well.”

Rounding out the team standings were Nevada (64), Oskaloosa (57 1/2), Bondurant-Farrar (52), Colfax-Mingo (50), Pleasantville (47 1/2), Ballard (47), Greene County (39), Des Moines East (34 1/2), Saydel (24) and Panorama (24).

J.V. highlights for the Norsemen included a first place finish by Gavin Erickson in the 800 (2:17.93), a third place finish by Matthew Hougland in the shot put (40 ft. 2 in.) and a fourth place toss in the discus, also turned in by Hougland (118 ft. 11 in.).