How Roland-Story's Adalyn Sporleder has used tumbling skills to star in track

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

STORY CITY — Adalyn Sporleder is carrying her tumbling abilities over to track.

The Roland-Story freshman has been involved with tumbling since she was little. She currently competes at Extreme Tumbling in Ellsworth and excels in floor events. Her floor skills require a lot of power and fast reflexes. She benefits from a good running start to execute several of those skills.

So when it came to time to start her first year of varsity track, Sporleder decided to put those tumbling skills to use.

She started competing in the long jump and has found out she's quite good at it. She jumped 15 feet, 9.5 inches at the Norsemen Relays Thursday and had a jump of 16-4 at Carroll earlier in the season.

“I was like, 'You jumped what?'” Roland-Story sophomore Lauryn Kilstofte said. “Her long jump really surprised us.”

Sporleder said tumbling has played a big role in her ability to jump well in track. But even then, she didn't expect to do as well as she's doing in the event.

Her jump at Carroll was 2 feet farther than her previous best effort. It caught her completely off-guard.

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Roland-Story freshman Adalyn Sporleder has used skills she learned from tumbling to help her become one of the top long jumpers and sprinters in Class 2A.

“I was really surprised when I jumped it,” Sporleder said. “It’s just awesome. Coming in freshman year, I didn’t think I’d be jumping 16-4 and I did.” 

Sporleder currently ranks 13th among long jumpers in 2A. She has plenty of time between now and the state qualifying meet to move up in the standings.

“I want to go to state and hopefully place,” Sporleder said. “I want to get a PR there.”

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Long jumping is far from the only thing Sporleder is good at in track. She is also an outstanding sprinter.

"Adalyn started the year out excited about competing and has looked strong from the beginning," Roland-Story head coach Andy Herrick said. "Her overall excitement with competing has been fun to watch this year so far."

Her best races are the 100 and 200-meter dash events.

“I knew I was going to be a sprinter,” Sporleder said. “But I didn’t think I’d be coming in running all of these varsity events.” 

She is fueled to succeed in sprinting events by classmate Kamryn Lande. Lande has Roland-Story's best 100 and 200 times at 13.71 and 27.35 seconds. 

“I just to try to push myself to keep up with her,” Sporleder said. “It’s especially nice since we’re friends.” 

Sporleder was also inspired by her older brother Caden, a 2021 Roland-Story graduate. 

“I watched my brother when he ran at Drake and state,” Sporleder said. “To also be able to do it is going to be fun.” 

Sporleder has been primarily used in relay events. 

“It’s been a while since we’ve had someone as fast as her,” Kilstofte said. “I like when I see her in my events.” 

The sudden burst Sporleder has developed from tumbling has made her the perfect choice to run the opening leg in sprint relays.

"We usually feel good about making sure she comes out of the blocks for us whenever possible," Herrick said. "She is explosive out of the blocks and can maintain her fast pace."

The Roland-Story girls are looking to make the Drake Relays in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. The Norse are also going after a school record in the sprint medley.

“It’s a work in progress,” Sporleder said. “We're working together. We all know we can do it and we just fill in points for the team.” 

Roland-Story entered Thursday's meet with the fourth-fastest sprint medley time in 2A at 1:52.86. Kennedy Petersen joined Sporleder, Lande and Kilstofte to run that time April 9 at the Roland-Story Co-Ed Invitational.

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Roland-Story's Adalyn Sporleder (right) and Kennedy Petersen exchange baton during the sprint medley relay at the Norsemen Relays girls' track meet Thursday in Story City. Sporleder's emergence has helped the Norse rank among the best sprint medley, 4x100 and 4x200 teams in Class 2A.

The Norse have the seventh-fastest 4x200 time in 2A at 1:49.84. The team of Sporleder, Reagan Faber, Kilstofte and Lande ran that time at Thursday's meet.

Sporleder, Mackenzie Crutchfield, Petersen and Lande ran what is currently the 16th-best 4x100 time in 2A at Roland-Story Invite with a time of 52.50.

Herrick is anxious to see what Sporleder will be able to accomplish as the stakes keep getting higher on the road to the qualifying meet. 

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"The lack of competition and great weather has affected our ability to practice her long jump and I see her continuing to improve in this event as the season goes on," Herrick said. "My ultimate goal for her would be to keep her healthy so she can help our team win the conference and qualify as many events as we can to state." 

Sporleder is looking forward to helping her team reach its full potential by the end of the season.

“We just want to run as fast as we can,” Sporleder said. “We want to be in the moment.”