Roland-Story's Kilstofte, Limas place 24th in 2A races at high school state cross country meet

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

Roland-Story had one boy and one girl place in the top 25 during Class 2A competition at the state cross country meet Saturday in Fort Dodge.

Nathan Limas and Lauryn Kilstofte each came in 24th at Kennedy Park. 

Limas was the lone runner to compete in the boys' race for Roland-Story. He ran an outstanding 5-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 16.12 seconds.

"I ran pretty decent," Limas said. "I didn't get a PR, but I ran better than last year."

Limas beat his 2020 state time by 36.3 seconds and moved up one spot from last year's 25th-place finish. His PR is 16:48 and he ran a 16:52.67 at last week's qualifying meet in Dike.

Roland-Story senior Nathan Limas battles traffic as he makes a move of Red Oak senior Baylor Bergren, right, during the Class 2A state cross country meet on Saturday in Fort Dodge.

Saturday was Limas' final race for Roland-Story. He almost quit his freshman year, but stuck it out and turned into one of the best runners in school history.

"I never thought I'd be able to come here twice," Limas said. "It was never even a thought my freshman year. My freshman year I felt like I didn't do very well. I knew that if I wanted to become better I'd have to make myself stronger mentally. Throughout the years I was able to get stronger."

Limas credited head coach Brad Dedic for giving him the confidence to continue with cross country after his freshman year. He's glad he stuck it out.

"I was able to make more memories, which was my biggest goal this year," Limas said. "I wanted to do well at state, but this all leads to just one big memory that I can just look back at in future years." 

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Kilstofte capped a tremendous sophomore year for the Roland-Story girls by completing the course in 20:20.37. Kilstofte's time was just a tad behind her 20:13.60 showing at the qualifying meet.

"I went out really fast and then tried to stay up there," Kilstofte said. "Some of the hills were pretty tough, but it was better than last year."

Sophomore Lauryn Kilstofte came in 24th in the Class 2A girls' race for Roland-Story at the state cross country meet Saturday in Fort Dodge. The Norse girls took 15th as a team.

Kilstofte placed 58th at last year's state meet. On Saturday she shaved a full 1:45.10 off her 2020 state time.

Unlike Limas, Kilstofte had teammates to run with Saturday. The Roland-Story girls took 15th as a team in 2A with 318 points, a slight drop from 2020 when the Norse placed 14th with 312 points.

"It's definitely been a roller coaster year for all of us," Roland-Story sophomore Makenna Carlson said. "I feel like we conquered it at (the qualifying meet) even getting here."

Carlson placed 112th in 2A with a time of 22:52.32.

Freshman Claire Truesdell was the second Roland-Story runner to cross the finish line Saturday. She placed 73rd in 21:21.45.

"It was a fun first meet for me and Brooke (Thompson)," Truesdell said. "These girls have been the best teammates. I couldn't do it without them."

Thompson finished 117th in 23:08.11.

Roland-Story freshman Claire Truesdell (center) runs up a hill during the 2A girls' race at the state cross country meet Saturday in Fort Dodge.

Reece Johnson and Ellie Erickson joined Kilstofte, Truesdell and Carlson in scoring points for Roland-Story at state. Johnson came in 91st in 21:52.34 and Erickson 113th in 22:55.87.

Elizabeth Ihle also ran for the Norse. She took 122nd in 23:32.14.

The Norse girls will miss Johnson and Erickson next year. But they have enough talent coming back to make another run at state in 2022.

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"I'm really excited to see where we can get," Kilstofte said. "I think we did great this year and everyone worked really hard, so I can't wait to see what our future is."

Mid-Prairie repeated as 2A girls' team champions in dominant fashion, scoring 50 points to easily top Denver's 111 points for the title. The Golden Hawks also produced the individual champion as sophomore Danielle Hostetler ran a tremendous time of 18:27.23 to claim her second state title.

Des Moines Christian's Aaron Fynaardt won the 2A boys' race in 15:56.58. Tipton dominated the 2A boys' team competition, scoring 60 points to beat Danville/New London by 41 points for the championship.