R-S boys win Norsemen Relays: Norse girls take first at Abell Relays

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Roland-Story's Eli Thorson hands the baton off to Nate Johnson during the sprint medley relay at the Norsemen Relays April 29 in Story City. Roland-Story won the event on its way to placing first in the team standings.

The Roland-Story boys’ track team won the Norsemen Relays April 29 and took third in the A Division at the Bengal Relays in Gilbert April 26 and the girls’ team won the George Abell Hawkette Relays in Jewell April 27 and placed seventh at the Saydel Invite in Des Moines April 26. 

The Roland-Story boys scored 156.5 points at the Norsemen Relays to blow away South Hamilton by 54.5 points for first place. The Norsemen earned five gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.   

Eli Thorson won the 100-meter dash in 11.19 seconds, just beating out the 11.20 by South Hamilton’s Brock Galetich for first. Thorson teamed with Nate Johnson, Will Bunn and Kale Lande to win the sprint medley relay in 1:38.25 and Bunn, Johnson and T.J. Hocraffer to take first in the 4x100 with a 45.02 showing. 

Roland-Story won both relays decisively. The Norsemen the sprint medley by 4.44 seconds over Ballard and the 4x100 by 2.12 seconds over Aplington-Parkersburg. 

The Norsemen also won the 4x400. Lande, Gavin Carpenter, Cade Diehl and Bunn teamed to run a 3:35.73 and beat South Hamilton’s 3:37.57 for first. 

Lande and Diehl went first and second in the open 400 with respective times of 54.91 and 56.14. Carpenter ran a 24.22 in the 200 to take second to Galetich’s 23.22 effort. 

Hesston Johnson was runner-up in the 800 with a time of 2:12.15. Aplington-Parkersburg's Nick Johnson won in 2:10.75. 

Hocraffer clocked in at 15.76 in the 100 hurdles to place second to the 15.13 by South Hamilton’s Tanner Blue. 

Bunn, Colin Streit, Carpenter and Thorson placed runner-up in the 4x200 with a time of 1:34.96. The Norsemen just missed out on the gold as Greene County won in 1:34.93. 

Matthew Phelan, Quin Ante, Carter Loof and Hocraffer took second in the shuttle hurdle with a time of 1:09.50. Aplington-Parkersburg won in 1:07.24. 

Nathan Limas placed third in both the 1,600 and 3,200 with respective times of 5:10.90 and 10:56.70. Ante was third in the 400 hurdles with a 1:03.57 showing and Dylan Kahl won bronze in the high jump with a jump of five feet, eight inches. 

Elijah Belle competes in the long jump for Roland-Story at the Norsemen Relays April 29 in Story City.

The Roland-Story boys scored 125.5 points at the Bengal Relays to come in behind only Van Meter (132) and Gilbert (129) in the seven-team field. The Norsemen won six events and added four silver and three bronze medals. 

Bunn and Johnson were first and second in the long jump with respective jumps of 20-4.5 and 17-9.75. Jimmy Philipsen threw 42-6 in the shot put to win by 1-7.75 over West Marshall’s Brayden Evertsen and Kole Knutson placed third in the discus with a throw of 130-1 for Roland-Story in field events at the Bengal Relays. 

The Roland-Story boys won the 4x400 in 3:36.07 and the 4x100 in 44.75. The shuttle hurdle team placed second in 1:10.91, the distance medley was runner-up in 3:58.70 and the 4x800 team came in third at 9:35.46. 

Thorson won the 100 at Gilbert with a time of 11.97 and Lande took first in the open 400 with a 52.61 showing. Limas took second in the 3,200 after crossing the finish line in 11:40.42. 

The Roland-Story girls scored 114 points at the Abell Relays to beat Clarion-Goldfield-Dows by 15 points for first out of five teams. The Norse girls won six events and added six silver and seven bronze medals. 

Anna Peach Reagan Vogelaar, Reagan Faber and Elizabeth Ihle clocked in at 4:49 flat in the distance medley to beat Des Moines Christian by 17.20 seconds for first. Madi Bauer and Lauryn Kilstofte joined Faber and Ihle in running a 4:28.08 in the 4x400 to take second to South Hamilton’s 4:22.61. 

Kilstofte, Carlson, Ihle and Caden Thoreson ran a 10:56.30 in the 4 X 800 to come in a close second to South Hamilton’s 10:53.90. Libbie Johnson, Peach, Bauer and Madeline Morton clocked in at 2:01.10 in the sprint medley to place third and Kayley Birkland, Alynn Solberg, Carly Halstead and Ava Charlson won bronze in the shuttle hurdle with a 1:21.50 showing. 

In field events Reagan Barkema and Jaydn Nelson went first and second in the high jump after both jumping 4-10, Madison Geise won the discus with a throw of 107-10 and Dana Vinson took first and Macy Friest third in the shot with respective tosses of 39-11 and 36-4.5. Charlson and Birkland were second and third in the long jump with respective jumps of 15-0 and 14-6.5. 

Charlson won the 100 hurdles in 17.33, just beating out the 17.48 by CCD’s Kennedy Trca for first. Carlson clocked in at 2:42.90 in the 800 to beat the 2:44.50 by Des Moines Christian’s Abby Ten-Pas and Kilstofte and Bauer were second and third in the 400 with respective times of 1:04.70 and 1:05.50 to trail only the 1:02.60 by South Hamilton’s Ashlyn Erickson. 

Jaclyn Gessner was runner-up in the 400 hurdles with a 1:16.50. CCD’s Kendall Lienenmann won in 1:15.70.  

Mackenzie Crutchfield placed third in the 200 with a time of 29.37. 

The Roland-Story girls scored 40.5 points at Saydel. Indianola rolled to the team title with 124.5 points and North Polk was second with 96. 

Nelson won the high jump at Saydel with a jump of 5-1. Vinson was third in the shot with a toss of 39-4 and Geise won bronze in the discus with a throw of 113-6.