Gehlen’s Roder top individual, Le Mars boys top team at Gary Meyer
BRUNSVILLE — Gehlen Catholic’s junior runner Will Roder won his second meet of the season in as many tries as he had the top time at the Gary Meyer Invitational hosted at Prairie Rose Golf Course on Tuesday. Rains earlier in the day coupled with high humidity made it a tough race according to Roder as he said he hasn’t been able to reach his peak yet this season.
“I’ve felt a little slower these first two meets, but it’s kind of due to the conditions today,” Roder said. “It was pretty slick and it made your calves burn because you had to push off the mud so much.”
Roder finished in a time of 17:20.42 as he beat runner-up Jakob Van Der Werff of MOC-Floyd Valley by six seconds. He also beat out the rain by just a few minutes as the remaining runners on the course had to deal with a shower as they finished the race. Roder said he was a little disappointed he wasn’t able to run in the rain.
“I love running in the rain. I was kind of hoping it would do this when we were running,” Roder said as a light rain began to fall during the post-race interview.
Landen Parmelee finished third individually as the Le Mars boys took home another team trophy with 45 points to beat Unity Christian’s 69. Parmelee said he’s seen a lot of good things from the team so far this season.
“I’ve definitely seen them stepping up and doing their part at meets,” Parmelee said. “I think we’ve been working as a team really well. I think we’re just going to come together and peak when we need to to get to state.”
Parmelee ended three seconds back of second place with a time of 17:29.87. He said the weather played a little bit of a factor in the race.
“I definitely didn’t feel as strong as I want to be,” Parmelee said. “The moisture, I think it was a little bit off-putting. Just thinking about during the day if the races were going to go on or not. The humidity was just a little bit of a factor. It’s a pretty nice temperature, so I don’t think it killed us that much.”
Le Mars placed two more in the top 10 of the race as Ethan Hulinsky and Jason Sudtelgte finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth, respectively. Hulinsky clocked a time of 18:21.95 while Sudtelgte was a stretch further back with a time of 18:34.11.
The Bulldogs capped off their scoring by having Blake Dirksen and Cael Kass take 12th and 13th, respectively. Dirksen ended the race in 18:42.63 while Kass was 10 seconds off that pace.
Jackson Sudtelgte and Zach Wingert weren’t far behind with non-counting places of 16th and 17th, respectively.
Gehlen ended sixth in the team standings out of nine total teams. After Roder, the Jays had a pair of runners finish in order at the 21st and 22nd places. Jeff Augustine edged out Carver Ruhland by about two seconds with a time of 19:12.51.
Justin Schmit ended in 22:54.53 for 54th and Trevor Oloff finished 61st in 25:05.38 for the final two runners who filled out the team score for the Jays.
WC-KP had two runners in the race. Tristen Jessen was 33rd overall with a time of 19:59.11 while Collin Verschoor was 63rd in 26:54.11.
Team scores: Le Mars 45, Unity Christian 69, MOC-Floyd Valley 83, Sioux City West 113, Storm Lake 137, Gehlen Catholic 154, Siouxland Christian 180, Cherokee 192, Lawton-Bronson 225