R-S track boys third at Bulldog Relays, second at Bomber Relays

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

Bulldog Relays

The Roland-Story boys’ track team competed at the Bulldog Relays at Hampton and managed to finish in third place out of nine teams competing last Monday (April 18). Coach Brian Petersen assembled a 4 x 800 relay team for the first time this season and the foursome “did great”, according to their coach, as they won the event with a time of 8:35.50. Team members included Patrick Marlow, Dakota Rusher, Cody Nelsen and Alex Teig.

“Their winning time put us in the top 15 of the state,” said Petersen, “and we are very excited to see what more this group can do as the season moves on.”

The distance medley squad of Matt Moore, Tyler Hovick, Alex Teig and Patrick Marlow also took first place with a time of 3:52.07. And the 4 x 200 relay placed a close second with a finish of 1:34.21. The 4 x 200 was made up of Matt Moore, Tyler Hovick, Patrick Marlow and Alex Teig. The 4 x 200 team was only 2/100ths of a second behind the winning Belmond-Klemme team.

Finishing in third place were Calvin Bright in the discus (125 ft. 6 in.), Sam Diehl in the high jump (5 ft. 4 in.) and John Barclay in the 100 (:12.37) and 200 (:24.31) meter dashes. Bright also finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 42 ft. 11 in.

Multiple fifth place finishes were turned in by the Norsemen: Matt Moore in the long jump (17 ft. 11 in.), Collin Greenfield in the 3200 (11:08.37) and 1600 (5:21.74), Paul Moats in the 110 hurdles (:18.41) and the 4 x 100 (:45.94) and 4 x 400 (3:52.53) relay teams. Members of the 4 x 100 included John Barclay, Tyler Hovick, Austin Hobbs and Matt Moore. The 4 x 400 consisted of Treyton Witthuhn, Carter Greenfield, Gavin Erickson and Cameron Tinken. And Dylan Rivers managed a sixth place finish in the shot put (41 ft. 8 1/2 in.).

Final standings for the varsity meet were as follows: Denver 136, Aplington-Parkersburg 119 1/2, Roland-Story 95, Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck 89 1/2, Garner-Hayfield 70 1/2, Belmond-Klemme 50, Hampton-Dumont 48, Clarion-Goldfield 45 1/2 and Hudson 38.

“This was a meet in which our J.V. guys all got to run as well,” continued Petersen, “so it was a lot of fun to take two full buses of Norsemen up to Hampton and see every one participate.”

Highlights of the J.V. portion of the Bulldog Relays included winners Matthew Hougland in the shot put (39 ft. 4 1/2 in.), Nathan Bell in the discus (107 ft. 7 in.) and four winning relay teams - the 4 x 800 (9:14.68), shuttle hurdle (1:11.02), 4 x 200 (1:42.52) and 4 x 100 (:49.53). The 4 x 800 included Gavin Erickson, Carter Greenfield, Grant Olson and Eric Dowe. The shuttle hurdle squad was made up of Jake Ford, Tristan Balmer, Garek Hurd and Ethan Taylor. The 4 x 200 consisted of Ben Chelsvig, Caleb Schlatter, Carter Greenfield and Mitch Shorkey. And the 4 x 100 included Jon Sobotka, Derek Staker, Koby Hassebrock and Ben Chelsvig.

Bomber Relays

It was a beautiful, spring day to run at the Bomber Relays held at Huxley last Tuesday (April 19). “For the first time in several weeks we had no wind at all on a Tuesday,” commented Coach Petersen. “Our distance and field events were really good in this meet. I think I counted 15 season or personal bests.”

The Norsemen had six first place finishes as they hung tough with team champion CMB, losing by only six points, 142-136, to finish second in the five-team meet. South Hamilton was third at 102, followed by North Polk with 98 points and BCLUW at 67.

Zach Shadlow won the discus, throwing a personal best 135 feet. It was also the best Roland-Story discus throw in the last four or five years, according to Coach Petersen. Dakota Rusher had a successful meet, winning the 3200 with a time of 10:28.52.

“That was Dakota’s personal best and the best 3200 time since I have been coaching at Roland-Story,” said Petersen. “His time puts him in the top 15 in the state.”

Dakota not only won the class B crown in the 3200, but the 3200 event was run together with the Class A teams as well, and he managed to win the combined 3200 with his impressive time.

Alex Teig also claimed first place, winning the 100 meter dash with a time of :11.37.

Three relay events took titles for the Norse - the 4 x 100 (:45.11), the 4 x 200 (1:35.08) and the 4 x 400 (3:36.80). The 4 x 100 consisted of Matt Moore, Patrick Marlow, John Barclay and Alex Teig. The 4 x 200 included Matt Moore, Tyler Hovick, John Barclay and Alex Teig. And the 4 x 400 was made up of Austin Hobbs, Treyton Witthuhn, Patrick Marlow and Alex Teig.

Patrick Marlow ran a :53.07 in the 400 meter dash to finish in the runner up spot. And John Barclay also finished second in the 200 meter dash with a clocking of :24.26. The distance medley took second as well, finishing in 3:57.09. Team members were Tyler Hovick, Austin Hobbs, Carter Greenfield and Dakota Rusher.

Placing third was Calvin Bright in the shot put (45 ft. 6 1/2 in.), Sam Diehl in the high jump (5 ft. 4 in.), Cody Nelsen in the 1600 (4:58.58) and the 4 x 800 relay (9:06.37). Members of the latter were Carter Greenfield, Eric Dowe, Nick Wakefield and Gavin Erickson.

Matt Moore was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17 ft. 10 1/2 in. Collin Greenfield also took fourth in the 3200 (10:50.77), as did Tyler Hovick in the 100 meter dash (:11.64).

Fifth place finishers included: Dylan Rivers in the shot put (42 ft. 3 1/2 in.), Bret Koch in the 110 hurdles (18:01), Paul Moats in the 400 hurdles (1:01.31) and the shuttle hurdle squad (1:09.47). Members of the shuttle hurdle team included Joe Brown, Lydon Heifner, Paul Moats and Bret Koch.

And Calvin Bright took sixth in the discus (127 ft. 2 in.), as did Cody Nelsen in the 800 (2:14.50).

“We were very happy with how we ran/threw/jumped this past week and we considered them both very successful meets torwards our goal of improving by the end of the season,” concluded Coach Petersen.