SLHS boys harriers second at Spencer
Six of the seven Storm Lake High boys runners medalled here Friday on a chilly and windy day as the Tornado harriers took second place in the Spencer Invitational.
Spirit Lake won the boys competition with 38 points to 53 for Storm Lake and 98 for Estherville-Lincoln Central. Cherokee was fourth with 106 points while Spencer was fifth with 105 points.
Spirit Lake's Nick Hibma was the individual winner in the boys race, finishing the five-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 42 seconds. Cherokee's Matt Nelson was second in 18:03.
Sophomore Joe Cullen led the Tornado boys with a fourth-place finish in 18:18. Kevin Wulfekuhler was tenth in 19:03, Brett Miller 12th in 19:12 and Dan Christiansen 13th in 19:17.
Also medalling were Federico Mendoza, 14th in 19:30 and Adam Kelly, 20th in 20:07. Storm Lake runner Eric Sievers added a 28th-place finish in 20:44.
In the varsity girls race, Spirit Lake made it a clean sweep by winning the team title. The Indians were led by a first-place finish from Caedryn Schrunk, who finished the four-kilometer course in 14:46. Cherokee's Kara Nelson was second in 15:01.
Spirit Lake won the girls race with 50 points to 62 for Bishop Garrigan and 69 for Estherville-Lincoln Central.
Meanwhile, the Storm Lake girls took sixth in the girls race with 153 points.
Heather Douglas took 29th place in 19:01 while Abby Mohr was 30th in 19:29. Julie Manatham was 32nd in 19:44 while Ashley Solem was 33rd in 19:47.
Also, Lindsey Dreher was 34th in 19:57 and Amanda Cavanaugh 35th in 19:59 and Grace Kohl 37th in 20:18.
Spirit Lake won the junior varsity boys race with 22 points while the Storm Lake boys were third with 94 points.
For the Tornado boys JV team, Phil Becker medalled with a ninth place finish in 20:48. Jesse Munger was 17th in 22:09 and Justin Cullen 20th in 22:31. Also, David Brady was 21st in 22:36, Daren Koehler 27th in 23 minutes and Tony Bedel 29th in 23:17.
Marc Wiley was 31st in 23:44, while Geoff Ullerich was 36th in 24:42. Derek Brock was 37th in 25:02.
There were no complete teams in the varsity girls race. Storm Lake's Shannon Walsh was 21st in 21:48, Anna Paulsen 23rd in 22:05 and Ashley Langner 24th in 22:21.
"The teams ended the season with fine races," said Storm Lake High cross country coach John Brostad.
His varsity boys and girls teams will compete at the district meet in Algona Thursday with the girls varsity race starting at 4:30 p.m. and the boys varsity race following.
The top three teams and the top ten individuals qualify for the state meet, which will be held in Fort Dodge Saturday, Oct. 30.
There will be 13-teams at the district meet in Algona, with many of them ranked in the state, Brostad said.