The Storm Lake High girls track team's youngsters made strong impressions here Saturday in the Buena Vista University High School Track and Field meet.
The Tornado girls were led by a first-place finish in the shot put by Morgan Darrow, who threw a career best 37 feet, 10 inches. She beat the second-place finisher by nine inches.
"What a great start and a great tribute to Morgan's hard work, as all four of her throws Friday were career bests," said SLHS girls track coach John Brostad. She 'lived' in the weight room this winter and also did the explosion program at Sports Rehab in Storm Lake. She consistently threw three-to-four feet farther than last year. Our throwing coach, Keven Besch, did a good job coaching Morgan."
Other young tracksters stepped up. Freshman Michaela Brungardt finished second out of 21 runners in the 400 meters in 65.19 seconds. Brostad added that she also ran a 2-minute, 44-second split on the 4x800 relay team that took fourth out of 11 teams.
Another freshman, Tammy Nielsen, jumped 5 feet, 2 inches to take second place in the high jump Saturday. It was a personal best for Nielsen.
Storm Lake junior Trish Halder and freshman Maleia Miller tied for third out of 32 runners in the 55-meter dash, both finishing with an outstanding time of 7.81 seconds.
The Tornadoes' shuttle hurdle relay team of Heidi Hammen, Katelyn Croker, Tiffany Segebart and sophomore Heather Kessler took third out of eight teams in 42.03 seconds.
Freshman Amber Woodford tied for third in the long jump with a leap of 14-6 and Kessler was fourth in the 55 hurdles in 8.87 seconds.
The Tornadoes' 4x800 relay team of Ashley Solem, Brungardt, freshman Heather Douglas and Julie Manatham was fourth out of 11 teams in 11:36.24. Junior Angie Schmidt was sixth in the 55 dash in 7.99 seconds and sophomore Veronica Kurtz was sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4-8.
Also, the 4x400 relay team of Hammen, Woodford, sophomore Lindsey Guenther, and Kessler was sixth out of 16 teams in 4:35.64.
The distance medley team of Ty Zimmerman, Kurtz, Woodford, and Guenther was sixth out of 13 teams in 5:03.59. The 4x200 relay team of Shannon Walsh, freshman Amy Kessler, Woodford and Guenther was seventh out of 18 teams in 2:00.21.
Amy Kessler added an eighth place out of 33 runners in the 55 hurdles in 9.55 seconds and Guenther was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 13 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Also Saturday, Aurelia's Kristine Munden took fifth in the 55 dash in 7.91 seconds. She added a 13th place in the 55 hurdles in 9.74 seconds.
Also for Aurelia, Priscilla Otto tied with Woodford in the long jump with a leap of 14-6.
Aurelia's standout distance runner Curtis Parker took first places in the mile run and the 800 meters here Saturday to highlight performances in the Buena Vista High School Indoor Invitational.
Parker won the mile run in 4 minutes, 52.30 seconds and the 800 in 2:06.21. His teammate, Jared Bruce, was second in the mile in 4:59.44 while Aurelia senior Garrett Hill was third in 5:03.65. Hill added a fourth in the 800 meters in 2:14.65.
Also for the Bulldogs Saturday, senior Matt Berg took second in the shot put with a toss of 47 feet, 10 inches. Teammate Ryan Fitzgerald was sixth in that event with a toss of 42-11.5.
The Storm Lake boys track team was led Saturday by Alex Spielman, who took second in the 55 hurdles (8.25 seconds) and third in the long jump (19-6.25).
Storm Lake finished 1-2 in the 400-meter dash, with Matt Adams taking first in 56.81 seconds and Tyson Brandt adding a second in 57.42 seconds.
Tornado distance runner Kevin Wulfekuhler added a third place in the 800 meters in 2:14.20 while freshman Federico Mendoza was fifth in the mile run in 5:08.22. Mendoza added a sixth in the 800 meters in 2:17.49.
Storm Lake sprinter Lamthong Sounnarath took sixth in the 55-meter dash in 6.80 seconds. Chom Thammavongsa added a seventh place in the long jump (18-2.25) and an 11th place in the high jump (5-4).
Tornado A relay teams took fourth in the 4x200 relay (1:40.81), fifth in the 4x400 (3:52.37), sixth in the 4x800 relay (9:34.51), and ninth in the sprint medley relay (4:18.55).
Class 2A Sioux Central also had some standout performances Saturday.
Senior Matt McKibben took first in the 55 hurdles in 7.85 seconds, and third in the high jump (six feet). Rebel distance runner Eric Patten took second in the 800 meters in 2:06.68.
The Rebels also had a banner day in the relays, taking third in the 4x200 (1:39.98), second in the sprint medley relay (3:58.99) and third in the 4x800 relay (9:05.39).