Roland-Story girls host Norsemen Relays, finish fifth

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com
Roland-Story girls host Norsemen Relays, finish fifth

More personal bests were turned in at the Roland-Story girls’ Norsemen Relays held last Thursday (April 21) in Story City. The Norse finished a distant fifth, as Carlisle (109), Norwalk (98), Gilbert (95) and North Polk (90) battled it out for the team title. The Norsemen scored 59 points to stay ahead of Nevada (53), South Hardin (45) and Ballard (40).

Alexa Whipple posted the only individual first place finish, winning the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:09.71; almost two seconds in front of the field. The distance medley team of MaKayla Geise, Lynette Wuebker, Taryn Johnston and Chelsey Tinken finished in first place as well, winning their event in 4:42:06; two and a half seconds ahead of runner up Nevada (4:44.58).

The shuttle hurdle team came in second with a finish of 1:13.64. The team was made up of Lynette Wuebker, Madeline Carlson, Natalie Tryon and Alexa Whipple.

The Norse had a number of fourth place finishes, including Anne Wilgenbusch in both the 100 meter dash (:13.69) and the 400 meter dash (1:09.15), Lynette Wuebker shaved about two seconds off her time in the 400 hurdles to post a personal best time of 1:12.87, Emily Stewart cleared the high jump bar at 4 ft. 8 in., Riley Goeders had her best shot put throw of 31 ft. 8 in., and the 4 x 400 relay team clocked in at 4:30.40. Members of the latter included Anne Wilgenbusch, Chelsey Tinken, Lynette Wuebker and Alexa Whipple.

Finishing fifth was Kaitlyn Strobl in the 3000, crossing the finish line with a personal best 13:32.97; shaving over 30 seconds from her previous best time.

And placing sixth for the Norsemen were Taryn Perry in the 3000 (13:55.96), Jade Elliott in the high jump (4 ft. 6 in.), Amira Mehr in the shot put (29 ft. 5 1/2 in.), and the 4 x 800 (11:56.50) and sprint medley (2:07.05) relay teams. The 4 x 800 dropped their time down by over 10 seconds and included Leah Markwardt, Maggie Schnurr, Emma Auld and Hailey Louw. The sprint medley squad consisted of Jade Elliott, Natalie Tryon, Jillian Lykins and Taryn Johnston.

In J.V. action, Gracie Nootz took first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:14.85, improving on her time by three seconds. Angela Harestad was second in the 400 with a finish of 1:19.92. The 4 x 400 relay team of Maggie Schnurr, Leah Markwardt, MaKayla Geise and Hailey Louw clocked in at 4:56.02 to finish second. Pressly Parker finished third in the 200 meter dash with a time of :31.39, as did Kim Hendrian in the 1500 (6:47.62) and Madeline Carlson in the 100 hurdles (:20.09).

“The girls did great, and set many personal bests,” said Assistant Coach Caryn Watson. “They represented Roland-Story well for our first home meet.”