The Roland-Story women’s cross country team won the tag team championship decisively and Nathan Limas finished third for the Norse in the boys’ race at the Norsemen Invitational on September 23 at the River Bend Golf Course in Story City.
The Roland-Story girls helped five runners complete the 5-kilometer race in under 23 minutes in an impressive performance on their home course. The Norse are still trying to bring their second of five runners closer to Limas after placing ninth out of 11 teams.
Here is what we learned from the performances of the Roland-Story teams in front of the local audience:
Nordic girls make a statement
Roland-Story, the 16th ranked team in Class 2A, scored 29 points to beat Bondurant-Farrar by 49 points for first place in the women’s team standings. No other team has scored less than 100 points for the girls.
Lauryn Kilstofte and Claire Truesdell gave Roland-Story the individual champion and runner-up in the girls’ race. Kilstofte, the # 22 rider in 2A, won with a time of 20 minutes, 39 seconds and Truesdell scored at 21:19.
Reece Johnson also placed in the top five for Roland-Story after crossing the finish line in 22:06 to take fifth place. Elizabeth Ihle gave Roland-Story a fourth top 10 with a 10th place time of 22:40 and Makenna Carlson was just behind her in 11th place with a time of 22:44.
Limas is walking hard
Limas finished the boys’ race in under 5:30 p.m. The 22nd-ranked 2A male rider crossed the finish line in 17:21.
Limas trailed only Michael Pottebaum of Kuemper Catholic (16:56) and Eli Loutzenheiser of Madrid (17:00) in the individual standings. Pottebaum is ranked 17th in 3A and Loutzenheiser fourth in 1A.
Boys need other runners to improve
As a team, the boys of Roland-Story scored 200 points. Ogden won with 64 and Nevada was second with 76.
Jay Sanderson was 3.5 minutes behind Limas as the second Nordic boy to complete the course. Sanderson was 46th in 20:51.
The Norsemen need to narrow that gap significantly if they hope to finish in the top half of the team standings in competitions.
Lucas Wuebker and Evan Voga finished 48th and 49th for the Roland-Story boys with respective times of 8:57 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Devin Webb was 56th in 21:25 as another runner to score for the Norsemen.