Key takeaways from Roland-Story cross country meets: Girls win at Belmond, take third at Gilbert

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Roland-Story's Lauryn Kilstofte placed second individually at both the Belmond-Klemme and Gilbert Invitational cross country meets last week.

The Roland-Story cross country teams competed at the Belmond-Klemme and Gilbert Invitational cross country meets last week. The Norse girls took first at Belmond-Klemme and third at Gilbert. The Roland-Story boys finished fifth at Belmond-Klemme and 10th at Gilbert. Here are key takeaways from the two meets.:

Lauryn Kilstofte returns from injury with a vengeance

Kilstofte was anxious to start running meets this season after putting in the best summer workouts of her career. But just before the season got underway, she began suffering from iliotibial band syndrome, a pain that happens when the soft tissue that runs along the side of the thigh from the pelvis to the knee gets irritated.

"I was really mad," Kilstofte said. "I worked really hard all summer."

Maybe too hard.

"I ran and ran," Kilstofte said. "I ran really hard all the time. I over-used it (the iliotibial band) and my growth stressed it out."

But that same dedication Kilstofte showed in the offseason also helped her quickly recover from her injury to get back to running meets this week.

After missing out on Roland-Story's opening meet at Webster City, Kilstofte ran at the Belmond-Klemme meet Tuesday and didn't skip a beat. She took second with a 5-kilometer time of 21:19 to help the Norse, the No.11 girls' team in Class 2A, win the team championship.

Kilstofte ran even faster Thursday in her runner-up effort.

"I'm not surprised," Roland-Story runner Elizabeth Ihle said. "She pushed really hard this summer and through the knee injury. She ran great."

The only runner to beat Kilstofte in the varsity girls' race at the Gilbert Invitational was Van Meter's Clare Kelly. Kelly is ranked fourth individually in 2A and she ran a 19:41.

"I am really surprised," Kilstofte said. "But I definitely deserve (this) for how hard I've worked."

And she's just getting warmed up.

"I'm going to keep working hard," Kilstofte said. "Making it to state, doing well at (the qualifying meet), winning conference as a team — those would all be really good." 

The Norse girls are going strong

The Roland-Story girls are ranked No. 11 in Class 2A. With the addition of Kilstofte they scored 35 points at Belmond to beat Clear Lake by 15 points for first. Reece Johnson, Claire Truesdell and Ihle formed a tight pack behind Kilstofte, placing fifth, sixth and seventh with respective times of 21:47, 21:54 and 22:17. Ellie Erickson was the final scored runner with a 16th-place time of 24:14. At the Gilbert meet Johnson was 12th in 21:09, Ihle 17th in 21:31, Truesdell 18th in 21:35 and Erickson 57th in 23:54. The Norse girls scored 93 points to trail only a Gilbert team ranked 17th in 3A (44 points) and a North Polk squad rated fourth in 3A (62).

Limas keeps up strong start to his senior season

Nathan Limas finished 15th against a loaded Gilbert Invitational field Sept. 9 on the ISU Cross Country Course in Ames. Limas also placed third at the Blemond-Klemme meet in Belmond Sept. 7.

Nathan Limas continues to run extremely well at the start of the season for the Roland-Story boys. Limas, ranked 21st individually in 2A, finished third at Belmond with a 5k time of 18:27. The only runners to beat him were Forest City's Joey Hovinga (17:57) and Hampton-Dumont's Miles Rust (18:24). Hovinga is ranked 10th in 2A. Limas came in 15th against a loaded field at Gilbert after breaking 17 minutes. Limas ran the Gilbert course in 16:48.

Young runners still coming along for Roland-Story boys

Roland-Story scored 135 points at Belmond and 284 points at the Gilbert meet. Jay Sanderson (20:49), Levi Webb (20:55), Lucas Wuebker (21:33) and Lucas Hart (22:03) placed 26th, 32nd, 42nd and 51st as the other runner to score at Belmond. Webb (19:29), Sanderson (19:32), Wuebker (20:43) and Evan Voga (20:46) finished 75th, 76th, 112th and 114th respectively out 225 runners at the Gilbert meet.