The Storm Lake girls track and field team had four individual champions out of 11 events here at Lambertini Recreation Center on the BVU campus Tuesday night in the Lakes Conference Indoor meet.
"What a great meet for our girls," said Storm Lake High girls track coach John Brostad. "They performed better than I could have imagined. We had four individual Lakes Conference champions in 11 events and three of them were freshmen.
"I was extremely pleased with our entire team's attitude and effort regarding this meet. We are young, enthusiastic, hard working and have a desire to achieve. These girls are a pleasure to coach."
Senior speedster Molly Daniels was the Lakes Conference champion in the 55 meter dash, finishing with a time in the finals of 7.68 seconds. She was second in the 200 meters in 28.99 seconds.
Freshman Morgan Darrow was the conference champion in the shot put with an outstanding toss of 34 feet, 5 inches. In addition, freshman Heather Kessler won the 55 meter hurdles in 9.04 seconds.
The other individual champion for Storm Lake was freshman Kata Harvey in the 200 meters in 28.51 seconds.
In addition, Brostad said, other highlights were sophomore Steph Rude taking third in the 55 meter dash in 7.72 seconds, sophomore Trish Halder taking fourth in the 55 meter dash in 7.76 seconds, and freshman Veronica Kurtz taking fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, seven inches.
Also, Storm Lake's 4x200 relay team of Morae Youde, Shannon Walsh, Kata Harvey and Daniels was fourth in 1 minute, 56.25 seconds. The 4x200 team of Rude, Lindsay Guenther, Sarah Larson and Heather Kessler was fifth in 1:59 .13. The Tornadoes' 4x400 relay team of Heidi Hammen, Youde, freshman Lindsay Guenther and Harvey was sixth in 4:33.30.
In that 4x400 relay, Harvey had a 66.7 split while Guenther had a 67.7 split. They are both freshmen.
Sophomore Ashley Solem ran well in the 4x800 with a 2:05 split and in the 1500 meters, was ninth out of 24 competitors in 6:01.85.
Girls first meet
Freshman Morgan Darrow threw the shot 35 feet, 5 inches for fourth place in the girls' shot put to pace the Storm Lake High School girls track team in its first outing of the season Friday in the Keith Schmidt High School Open at the Lambertini Recreation Center on the campus of Buena Vista University.
Other girls who placed in the top 10 in their events for the Tornados were freshman Veronica Kurtz who was sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4-10, sophomore Trish Halder, seventh with a time of 7.69 seconds in the 55-meter dash, sophomore Steph Rude, eighth in 55 at 7.74, the shuttle relay team (Heidi Hammen, Katelyn Croker, Kiley Stavnes and Heather Kessler) placed seventh in a time of 41.99 and senior Molly Daniels was seventh in the long jump with a jump of 15-0.
The Tornado coach John Brostad said despite the poor showing, he was he was happy with his charges.
"I was extremely pleased with the girls in their first performance of the the season," he said. "Twenty-four of the 29 girls on the team are freshmen or sophomores, so we are young and inexperienced. the gals were nervous but did a nice job in this meet."
Brostad said that a mixup at the starting line of the 4x200 relay followed by a bad hand off on the second leg cost the Tornado girls a possible fifth-place finish. Daniels ran a 27.4 split in that relay, Brostad added. That team was made of Daniel, Morae Youde, Shannon Walsh and Rude and finished in 10th with a time of 2 minutes and 00.54 seconds.
Brostad said that his freshman 4x200 relay team of Kessler, Kately Croker and Lindsay Guenther looked good, placing 11th with a time of 2:00.69. Harvey ran a 27.8 split, Brostad said, and a 67.1 split in the 4x400 relay.