It was a record-setting day at a Class 3A district meet here Friday for the Storm Lake High girls track and field team.
According to long-time coach John Brostad, a record 13 individuals qualified for this week's state meet. Those athletes qualified in a school-record eight events.
"We had at least 13 season and/or career bests again Friday with one school record and two more events just an eyelash away from school records," Brostad said. "I'm proud of these young ladies; this is a very talented group and they are fine representatives for our school and community."
Spirit Lake won the district team competition with 149.50 points with the Tornado girls finishing second with 113.50 points. MOC/FV was third (97), LeMars fourth (61) and Bishop Heelan fifth (56).
The top two individuals and relay teams advanced to state, along with the next eight best times/distances in district meets across the state.
The Tornadoes qualified 11 athletes in six events Friday while Saturday, three more SL girls qualified via having one of the next eight best times in the state in their events.
Taking first places Friday for the Tornado girls were Morgan Darrow in the shot put (38 feet, 5 inches), and Kata Harvey in both the 400 meter and 200 meter races. Harvey broke her own school record in the 400, finishing in 59.27 seconds. She won the 200 dash in 27 seconds even.
Storm Lake's sprint medley team of junior Trish Halder, Maleia Miller, Amber Woodford and Michaela Brungardt added a first place in 1 minute, 52.84 seconds, just .04 off the school record.
The 4x100 team of Halder, Harvey, Angie Schmidt and Steph Rude took first, qualifying for state in 51.38 seconds.
Other state meet qualifiers were Rude in the 100 meter dash, where she took second in 12.90 seconds. Heather Kessler was second in the 100 hurdles, qualifying for state in 15.65 seconds.
The shuttle hurdle relay team also qualified for state with a second-place finish. That team of Heidi Hammen, Tiffany Segebart, Amy Kessler and Heather Kessler was second in 1:06.40, just .08 off the school record.
Saturday, Brostad said, it was announced that three other Storm Lake girls qualified for state via having one of the next eight best times/distances in their events.
Veronica Kurtz finished third in the high jump, but her leap of 5 feet was good enough to qualify for state. Amber Woodford was third in the 200 meters in 27.18 seconds and also qualified, as did Brungardt in the 400 meter dash in 60.84 seconds.
Meanwhile, Heather Kessler finished third in the 400 hurdles in 72.27 seconds, but did not qualify for state in that event. The 4x200 team of Woodford, Tammy Nielsen, Lindsay Guenther and Rude was third in 1:52.56.
Brungardt added a fourth in the 400 in 60.84 seconds, while Miller was fourth in the 100 dash in 13.24 seconds. Amy Kessler was fourth in the 400 hurdles in 72.40 seconds, while the 4x400 relay team of Harvey, Guenther, Woodford and Brungardt was fourth in 4:17.30.
Amanda Proczak had a career best in the shot put by three feet, taking fifth with a toss of 33 feet, 11.75 seconds. Nielsen tied for fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4-10, while Ty Zimmerman added a sixth in the discus with a toss of 107-6. Guenther took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 10.5 inches.