Norse girls’ track team competes in tough Gilbert meet

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Norse girls’ track team competes in tough Gilbert meet

On a wet and less than ideal night for a track meet, the Roland-Story girls competed amongst a strong field at Gilbert in a seven-team Class A meet last Monday night (April 18). The Norsemen finished in the middle of the pack with 93 points, but remained competitive throughout most of the evening. Gilbert won the Class A crown with 149 points, followed by PCM (117), Webster City (98), Roland-Story (93), Iowa Falls-Alden (86), Nevada (56) and Forest City (39).

The Norse finished first and third in the high jump, with Emily Stewart leaping 4 ft. 8 in. to claim the crown. Teammate Jade Elliott was right behind her in third place, clearing the bar at 4 ft. 6 in.

The shuttle hurdle relay team had their best time so far this season to take second place with a finish of 1:15.47; less than a second behind the winning team from Gilbert (1:14.77). Members of the team included Lynette Wuebker, Madeline Carlson, Natalie Tryon and Alexa Whipple.

Alexa Whipple continues to shine in her specialties, winning the the 100 (:16.33) and 400 hurdle (1:09.87) events. Teammate Lynette Wuebker placed third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:14.16.

Third place finishers for the Norse included: Chelsey Tinken in the 800 (2:43.16) and Taryn Johnston in the 400 (1:08.73). The 4 x 400 relay team also took third place, posting their best time so far this season at 4:28.34. Members of the squad include Anne Wilgenbusch, Lynette Wuebker, Chelsey Tinken and Alexa Whipple. And the distance medley team of Anne Wilgenbusch, Lynette Wuebker, MaKayla Geise and Chelsey Tinken took third as well with a time of 4:44.06.

Coming in fourth was Anne Wilgenbusch in the 200 (:28.82). Placing fifth were Taryn Johnston in the 100 (:14.81) and Taryn Perry in the 3000 (13:30.59). And finishing sixth for R-S were Kim Hendrian in the long jump (14 ft. 0 in.) and the 4 x 800 (12:17.30) and the sprint medley (2:13.78) relay teams. Members of the 4 x 800 included Hailey Louw, Maggie Schnurr, Gracie Nootz and Leah Markwardt. The sprint medley squad was made up of Anne Wilgenbusch, Natalie Tryon, MaKayla Geise and Maggie Schnurr.

“Despite the wind, everyone competed their hardest and set some personal bests,” said Coach Natalie Whipple.