Three members of the Storm Lake boys cross country teams had personal best times and six members of the Tornado girls team did the same here Friday at the high-powered Spencer Invitational.
Powerhouse Spirit Lake won the boys meet with 57 points. Cherokee was second with 81 points and Bishop-Garrigan third with 102.
The Storm Lake boys finished in seventh-place as a team with 139 points.
Three individuals medaled for the Storm Lake boys in the 5-Kilometer, 54-runner varsity event. Freshman Joe Cullen led the way, finishing 16th overall in 17 minutes, 59 seconds. Also medaling were Dan Christiansen, 19th in 18:06, and junior Brett Miller, 22nd in 18:18.
Notching career bests for the Tornado boys were Adam Sievers, Sam Becker and Phil Becker. Sievers finished 40th in 19:14, Sam Becker 42nd in 19:18 and Phil Becker, 48th in 20:02. In addition, Eric Sievers was 53rd in 20:47.
Two Okoboji runners finished 1-2 in the boys varsity race, as Darren Hein won in 16:20 and teammate Aaron Blade was second in 16:47.
In the junior varsity boys race, Storm Lake's Erik Borke was seventh in 19:43, good enough for a medal. Manuel Marquez was 20th in 20:54. Forty-seven runners ran in that race, which was won by Dane Boumgard of Southwest Christian of Minnesota in 19:01.
"This was a good tuneup for districts for both our girls and boys teams," said Storm Lake High cross country coach John Brostad. "We were also without two of our varsity boys runners so we knew our score would be affected."
Cherokee won the varsity girls race with 66 points. It was followed by Emmetsburg with 85 and ELCART a close third with 86. In taking eighth-place, the Tornado girls finished with 233 points.
Abby Mohr led the Storm Lake girls again, taking 40th place by finishing the 55- competitor, 2.5-mile course in 18:31.
The next four top placers for the Tornado girls had career bests. They included: Ashley Solem, 45th in 19:15, Robyn Kruse, 47th in 19:49; Julie Manatham, 50th in 20:32 and Alison Douglas, 51st in 20:41.
Also, Lindsey Dreher of Storm Lake was 52nd in 20:43 and Anna Paulsen 54th in 20:55.
Spirit Lake junior Caedryn Schrunk, the individual varsity girls winner at the Storm Lake Invitational in September, took top honors at Spencer in 15:15. Kara Nelson of Cherokee was second in 15:44.
In the junior varsity girls race, 34 runners competed, with Okoboji's Sarah Gould winning in 18:25.
Storm Lake's Grace Kohl was 18th in 21:06, a career-best time, Brostad said. Ashley Langner also had a career best, as the Tornado runner finished 29th in 23:27. Heather Henrich was 33rd in 25:35.
"Overall, between our girls and boys, we had nine career-best times," said Brostad. "We had a solid effort against some of the area's top teams."
Up next for the Storm Lake girls and boys cross country team is the year's biggest meet, the district competition.
This year's district meet will be held Thursday at the Whittemore Golf Course eight miles west of Algona.