Masters, Mendoza lead Tornado youth movement
Setting 14 career best times and distances in individual events or relay splits, the Storm Lake High boys track team took second place here Saturday in the Tomahawk Relays.
Lakes Conference rival LeMars was first with 104 points, just three points better than the Tornadoes.
According to SLHS coach Jeff Brennan, his younger athletes are starting to come into their own.
"Our younger kids are doing a great job of competing," he said. "We are filling our varsity lineup with a large number of freshmen and sophomores. We are very excited about their potential and our upperclassmen are providing great leadership."
The Tornadoes were led by two first places. Junior Logan Masters set a new meet record, taking first in the high jump with a personal best leap of 6 feet, 2.5 inches.
Freshman Federico Mendoza added a first in the 3200 meters with a career best time of 10 minutes, 59.18 seconds.
Masters added another first in the 400 hurdles ( 57.91 seconds) and took second in the 110 high hurdles in 15.32 seconds.
The Tornadoes added two other second places, with Kevin Wulfekuhler taking second in the open 800 (1:10.18) and Zach Manteufel taking second in the high jump with a personal best six feet even.
Taking third places were Joe Cullen in the 3200 meters (11:44.94), the 4x200 relay team of Daniel Higgins, Lance Eddie, Tyson Brandt and Derrick Randall (1:36.31), Adam Sorbe in the 800 (2:12.08), and the 4x100 relay team of Lamthong Sounnarath, Eddie, Brandt and Randall (45.77 seconds).
The 4x400 relay team of Eddie, Masters, Brandt and Randall was third in 3:36.97 while Tony Raveling added a third in the shot put (46 feet, .75 inches).
Storm Lake's 4x800 team of Mitch McCabe, A.J. Croker, Matt Adams and Wulfekuhler was fourth in 8:58.93, while Jesse Munger was fourth in the 1600 meters with a career best time of 5:07.45.
Adding sixth places were Mendoza in the 1600 meters (5:13.81), the 1600 Medley Relay team of Greg Villagomez, McCabe, Matt Adams and Nate Tucker (4:09.12), and Chom Thammavongsa in the long jump (18-11.50).
With flurry of personal bests, SLHS girls strut their stuff
Storm Lake sophomore Kata Harvey set a new meet record in the 400 meter dash here Friday to lead the young Tornado girls team to a second-place finish.
Spirit Lake Park edged Storm Lake for the team title, 101.60 to 90. MOC/FV was third with 84 points. Sioux City North, LeMars, Bishop Heelan, Cherokee and Sioux City West all finished behind the Tornado girls.
"Our girls had a superb performance Saturday," said SLHS coach John Brostad. "This meet featured some of the finest teams in Northwest Iowa."
Harvey won the 400 dash in with a personal best time of 60.64 seconds. Freshman Michaela Brungardt ran a personal best in the 400 (62.48 seconds) to take third.
Harvey also ran a season's best in the 200 dash in 27.36 seconds to take second. She ran the second leg on the winning 4x100 relay, which also included Trish Halder, Angie Schmidt and Steph Rude. That team won with a season's best time of 52.47 seconds.
The Tornadoes' shuttle hurdle relay team of Heather Kessler, Amy Kessler, Tiffany Segebart and Heidi Hammen was first in 1 minute, 9.94 seconds.
Storm Lake's 4x200 relay team of Shannon Walsh, Amber Woodford, Lindsay Guenther and Rude was second in a season's best 1:53.75.
Individually, sophomore Veronica Kurtz was second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet. Morgan Darrow was second in the shot put (37 feet, 4 inches) while Heather Kessler was third in the 100 hurdles in 15.62 seconds.
Rude added a fourth in the 100 meters with a season's best time of 13.07 seconds while freshman Amy Kessler was third in the 400 hurdles (74 seconds). Her sister Heather was sixth in 77.12 seconds.
The Tornadoes' sprint medley relay team of Halder, Maleia Miller, Walsh and Brungardt was fourth in 1:59.93, with Brungardt running a 62.36 second split in the 400.
The talented freshman took sixth in the discus with a personal best toss of 102 feet, 6 inches.
Brostad added that freshmen Heather Douglas, Elisha Lenhart, Amanda Proczak, Jaye Lynn Kwikkel, Tammy Nielsen and Miller all had good days. Sophomore Julie Manatham and junior Ashley Solem also had "solid efforts," Brostad said.
Also Friday, the Aurelia girls placed in three relays and one individual event.
Sophomore Kristine Munden took third in the discus with at toss of 92 feeet.
The Bulldogs' shuttle hurdle relay team of Christa Corderman, Diana Fishman, Jessica Cougill and Priscilla Otto was sixth in 1:16.
Aurelia's 4x100 team of Corderman, Liz Laursen, Ariella Megrath and Munden was fifth in 56.61 seconds while the 4x400 team of Sara Huseman, Corderman, Wendy Nelson and Laursen added a sixth with a time of 4:44.
"We were pretty much outgunned at this meet," Coach Marv Munden said. "For some of our girls, this was their first meet so now we have a starting point to build on. Our kids are continuing to get better."