Roland-Story boys’ track team opens season at Southeast Valley Relays

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Roland-Story boys’ track team finally competed for the first time this season, traveling to Gowrie for the Southeast Valley Relays last Monday night (April 11). The varsity squad took part in Class A, while the J.V. team was placed in Class B. The varsity finished fourth in the eight-team meet. The J.V. came in fifth.

“The kids ran really well for the first night out this season,” said Coach Brian Petersen. “Some of the teams we ran against have already had 3 or 4 outdoor meets, and this was our first one. (I was) very pleased with how we are progressing and how we competed, despite the cold and windy conditions.”

The Norsemen shined in the relay events, as the 4 x 200, the shuttle hurdle and the distance medley all took second places. The 4 x 100 managed to capture first place.

“The 4 x 100 time (of :45.00) puts us in the top eight of Class 2A, and that is a great place to start the season,” added Petersen. Members of the winning 4 x 100 team included Matt Moore, Patrick Marlow, John Barclay and Alex Teig.

The 4 x 200 team of Matt Moore, Patrick Marlow, Tyler Hovick and Alex Teig finished second with a time of 1:35.03; just 30/100ths of a second behind South Central Calhoun’s winning time of 1:34.73.

The distance medley team posted a 4:00.28 to also place second. Members of the team included John Barclay, Tyler Hovick, Austin Hobbs and Dakota Rusher. And the shuttle hurdle team came in second as well, clocking in at 1:07.60. Members included Joe Brown, Ethan Taylor, Paul Moats and Bret Koch.

Dakota Rusher placed third in the 3200 with a time of 10:47.60. Calvin Bright was also third in the discus with a toss of 119 ft. 8 in.

Fourth place finishers for the Norsemen included: the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relay teams, as they turned in times of 3:47.28 and 9:17.15, respectively. Members of the 4 x 400 squad included Patrick Marlow, Tyler Hovick, Cameron Tinken and Alex Teig. The 4 x 800 team was made up of Cody Nelsen, Gradyn Dowling, Eric Dowe and Blake Sievers. Calvin Bright managed a fourth place finish as well in the shot put, tossing the sphere 42 ft. 5 1/2 in.

Coming in fifth were Eric Dowe in the 800 (2:19.76), Bret Koch in the 110 hurdles (:17.33), Patrick Marlow in the high jump (5 ft. 4 in.) and Matt Moore in the long jump (18 ft. 10 in.).

Alex Teig and Dylan Rivers both finished sixth in the long jump (18 ft. 8 1/2 in.) and shot put (40 ft. 4 1/2 in.), respectively.

Noah Thomas competed in the 100 and 200 wheelchair and turned in times of :20.12 and :39.68, respectively.

Gilbert took the Class A crown with 131 1/4 points. Woodward Academy was second with 96 1/4, followed by South Central Calhoun (84), Roland-Story (69 1/4), Southeast Valley (69), Webster City (57 1/4) and Pocoahontas Area (49).

“We now look forward to getting outside and running in more meets to see how much we can continue to improve,” concluded Petersen.

Highlights of the J.V. team included a second place finish by the 4 x 200 relay team with a time of 1:43.36. Members included Ben Chelsvig, Caleb Schlatter, Mitch Shorkey and Austin Hobbs. Koby Hassebrock came in third in the 400 with a time of :59.21. And the 4 x 100 (:49.01) and 4 x 400 (3:53.01) also placed third. Members of the 4 x 100 included Garek Hurd, Jake Ford, Derek Staker and Austin Hobbs. The 4 x 400 was made up of Koby Hassebrock, Ben Chelsvig, Treyton Witthuhn and Carter Greenfield.