R-S girls cruise to Norseman Invite title: No. 8 Norse girls top No. 5 Panorama for first

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Roland-Story's Makenna Carlson (left), Baylie Janssen (rear), Lauryn Kilstofte (front center) and Moriah Bates (right) run together during the varsity girls' race at the Norseman Invitational cross country meet Sept. 24 at the River Bend Golf Course in Story City. All four runners placed in the top 15 to help the No. 8 Norse girls win the team championship.

STORY CITY - The Roland-Story girls successfully defended their home course at the Norseman Invitational cross country meet Sept. 24 at the River Bend Golf Course.

The Norse girls, ranked eighth in Class 2A, dominated the field on their home course. They placed four runners in the top 10 and six in the top 15 in scoring 32 points to whip fifth-ranked Panorama by 46 points for the impressive team victory.

“We had a great meet Thursday, especially considering that we had two hard practices on Monday and Tuesday,” Roland-Story head coach Brad Dedic said. “Most of our kids reported tired legs and some were a little disappointed in their times. The coaches let them know that we are looking down the road at some of the more important meets (conference and the state qualifying meet). While there were not too many personal records, that was expected and everybody did a great job.”

Reece Johnson, ranked 17th in Class 2A, completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 35 seconds to take runner-up honors individually for Roland-Story. Panorama’s Ella Waddle, ranked eighth, won in 20:20.

Elizabeth Ihle took third for the Norse girls in 21:18. Baylie Janssen stepped up with a seventh-place time of 22:29 and Lauryn Kilstofte also placed in the top 10 for the Norse girls with a 22:46 showing.

Moriah Bates was the final runner to earn points for Roland-Story, placing 12th in 23:06. Makenna Carlson was right behind Bates with a 13th-place time of 23:20 and senior Jordyn Ramus clocked in at 24:48 to palace 28th in her final race on the home course.

“We know this would have been a very different race if Panorama had been able to run all of their girls - they were missing a couple of their top runners,” Dedic said. “But we really like how our kids get out and compete. We had a great home crowd and we were very appreciative of the volunteers that kept things running smoothly and all the high school kids that come out to cheer on top of the usual crowd of parents and siblings.”

The Roland-Story boys were missing some of their varsity runners, including one of their top two runners in Nathan Limas. The shorthanded Norsemen took eighth out of 12 teams with 186 points.

“The team score was lower than it would have been, but that's just the way we have to roll with it this year,” Dedic said. “We are hoping to get everybody back for the home stretch and coaches are really trying to impress upon the runners how careful they have to be if they want to stay healthy.” 

Zane Haglund placed in the top 15 for the Roland-Story boys with a 13th-place showing of 18:25. Jay Sanderson took 24th in 19:20, Sam Skaar 48th in 20:29, Isaiah Bates 49th in 20:44 and Xander Webb 52nd in 21:03 as the other runners to score for the Norsemen.

Jay Sanderson placed 24th individually for Roland-Story in the varsity boys' race at the Norseman Invitational cross country meet Sept. 24 in Story City.

Lucas Wuebker was just outside the scoring group with a 53rd-place time of 21:11. Jardo Hart ran a 66th-place time of 21:54.

Madrid, the No. 1 team in 1A, won the boys’ team title with 25 points. Ogden, ranked seventh in 1A, was a distant second with a score of 89.

Madrid’s Clay Pehl and Jason Renze, ranked fourth and second respectively in the 1A individual rankings, went first and second in the race with respective times of 16:08 and 16:24.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Roland-Story 32 points, 2. Panorama 78, 3. Bondurant-Farrar 84, 4. West Marshall 109, 5. South Hamilton 129, 6. Ogden 169, 7. Kuemper Catholic 173, 8. Madrid 186, 9. Southeast Valley 221, 10. Woodward-Granger 250.

Boys: 1. Madrid 25, 2. Ogden 89, 3. Bondurant-Farrar 99, 4. Greene County 127, 5. Kuemper Catholic 135, 6. South Hamilton 144, 7. Southeast Valley 165, 8. Roland-Story 186, 9. West Marshall 254, 10. Saydel 288, 11. Woodward Academy 306, 12. Woodward-Granger 307.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Roland-Story

Girls: 2. Reece Johnson, 20:35, 3. Elizabeth Ihle, 21:18; 7. Baylie Janssen, 22:29; 8. Lauryn Kilstofte, 22:46; 12. Moriah Bates, 23:06; 13. Makenna Carlson, 23:20; 28. Jordyn Ramus, 24:48.

Boys: 13. Zane Haglund, 18:25; 24. Jay Sanderson, 19:20; 48. Sam Skaar, 20:29; 49. Isaiah Bates, 20:44; 52. Xander Webb, 21:03; 53. Lucas Wuebker, 21:11; 66. Jarod Hart, 21:54.