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Norse girls claim Lynx Invite title: R-S boys place fourth out of 14 teams

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Reece Johnson took second individually in her first-ever varsity cross country meet to help the Roland-Story girls win the Lynx Invitational Sept. 1 in Webster City.

WEBSTER CITY - The young runners on the Roland-Story girls’ cross country team made quite the first impression at the Lynx Invitational in Story City Sept. 1.

Led by a junior out for her first year of cross country and four freshmen the Norse girls won their first meet of the season in impressive fashion. They placed five runners in the top 20 in scoring 39 points to beat traditional power North Polk by 27 points for the title.

Reece Johnson, out for her first year with the team, placed second individually in the first race of her career. She completed the 5-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 17 seconds to only traily the 20:25 effort by Humboldt freshman Lydia Maas.

Freshmen Elizabeth Ihle and Moriah Bates also placed in the top 10 for Roland-Story. Ihle ran a fifth-place time of 21:39 and Bates took ninth in 22:35.

Two more freshmen placed in the top 20 for Roland-Story. Makenna Carlson just missed the top 10 with an 11th-place time of 22:50 and Lauryn Kilstofte came in 17th at 23:21.

Baylie Janssen placed just outside the top 20 for Roland-Story with a 21st-place time of 23:28. Caden Thoreson took 49th in 25:38.

Roland-Story also had a solid showing in the boys’ race. The Norsemen scored 164 points to edge Fort Dodge by five points for fourth place out of 14 scored teams.

North Polk dominated the boys’ meet with 26 points, Humboldt was second with 54 and Webster City third with a score of 129.

Nathan Limas was the first runner for the Roland-Story boys to cross the finish line. Limas ran a 5-kilometer time of 18:48 to place 15th.

Nathan Limas came in 15th for the Roland-Story boys at the Lynx Invitational Sept. 1 in Webster City.

Zane Haglund also placed in the top 20 for the Norse boys. He took 18th with a 19:08 showing.

Levi Webb finished 38th in 20:02, Jay Sanderson 42nd in 20;12 and Gabe Slifka 53rd in 20:42 to round out the scoring for the Norsemen. Sam Skaar took 62nd in 20;58 and Xander Webb 68th in 21:13.

Humboldt’s Quinton Orr was the boys’ individual champion with a time of 16:16. He won the race by a full 1:14 over teammate Eric Whittrock, who finished in 17:30.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Roland-Story 39 points, 2. North Polk 66, 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 68, 4. Algona 118, 5. Manson Northwest Webster 133, 6. Humboldt 146, 7. Fort Dodge 211, 8. South Hamilton 214, 9. Webster City 224, 10. Southeast Valley 265, 11. Boone 278.

Boys: 1. North Polk 26, 2. Humboldt 54, 3. Webster City 129, 4. Roland-Story 164, 5. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 169, 6. Fort Dodge 196, 7. Algona 224, 8. Boone 230, 9. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 233, 10. Southeast Valley 235, 11. South Hamilton 253, 12. Hampton-Dumont 270, 13. Eagle Grove 299, 14. Manson Northwest Webster 302.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Roland-Story

Girls: 2. Reece Johnson, 21:17; 5. Elizabeth Ihle, 21:39; 9. Moriah Bates, 22:35; 11. Makenna Carlson, 22:50; 17. Lauryn Kilstofte, 23:21; 21. Baylie Janssen, 23:28; 49. Caden Thoreson, 25:38. 

Boys: 15. Nathan Limas, 18:48; 18. Zane Haglund, 19:08; 38. Levi Webb, 20:02; 42. Jay Sanderson, 20:12; 53. Gabe Slifka, 20:42; 62. Sam Skaar, 20:58; 68. Xander Webb, 21:13.