Boys rout the field as nine athletes qualify for state
Nine members of the Storm Lake High boys track team are headed to this week's Class 3A state meet this Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines.
They qualified for state here Friday in a 3A district meet at the MOC/ Floyd Valley High School track complex. The Tornado boys also won the district championship, taking first with 124 points to 91 for LeMars, 65 for Spencer and 60 for MOC/FV.
The top three individuals and relay teams qualified for state/.
Friday, Storm Lake was led by juniors Logan Masters and Derrick Randall and sophomore Alex Spielman.
Masters took three firsts in open events and ran on a state qualifying relay. Randall qualified in one individual event and two relays while Spielman qualified in two individual events and one relay.
Masters took first in the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch), first in the 110 high hurdles with a personal best time of 14.91 seconds and first in the 400 meter hurdles with a PR time of 55.87 seconds. Masters also ran on the second place and state qualifying 4x400 relay.
Spielman qualified in two individual events and was a part of a qualifying relay. The versatile sophomore was third in both the 110 high hurdles (15.30 seconds, PR) and the long jump (20 feet, .5 inches). He was also a member of the second-place 4x100 relay.
Randall took a second place in the 200 meter dash in 23.25 seconds, qualifying for state. He was a member of the the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that made state by placing second.
Junior Kevin Wulfekuhler also had an outstanding day Friday, qualifying in the 1600 meters and open 800. He took second in the 1600 meters in 4 minutes, 49.22 seconds and second in the 800 with a personal record time of 2:03.72.
The day started well for the Tornado boys with a 1-2 finish in the high jump. Masters took first with Zach Manteufel adding second and qualifying for state with a leap of 5-10. Tony Raveling qualified for state in the shot put with a third-place toss of 48-4.
The 4x100 relay team of Lamthong Sounnarath, Spielman, Tyson Brandt and Randall qualified for state with a second-place finish time of 44.87 seconds.
The Tornadoes' 4x400 team of Masters, Chom Thammavongsa, Brandt and Randall was second in 3:33.14, also qualifying for state.
Several individuals just missed qualifying for state. Freshman Federico Mendoza took fourth in the 3200 meters in 11:01.93, while Sounnarath was fourth in the 100 dash in 11.59 seconds.
Storm Lake's 4x200 relay team of Lance Eddie, Alex Kwikkel, Daniel Higgins and Thammavongsa was fourth in 1:34.99. The Tornadoes' 1600 medley relay team of Eddie, Kwikkel, Mitch McCabe and Adam Sorbe was fourth in a season's best time of 3:47.31.
Spielman took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.46 seconds, while Matt Adams took fourth in the 400 dash in 54.12 seconds.
Storm Lake's 4x800 relay team of Sorbe, Matt Speers, A.J. Croker and Adams was sixth in 9:00.62. Adding sixth places were Joe Cullen in the 3200 meter run with a season's best time of 11:08.65, Tyson Brandt in the 400 dash (54.65 seconds) and Croker in the 800 meters with a personal record time of 2:12.96.
In the 3200 meters, Storm Lake's Jesse Munger took seventh place with a personal record time of 5:02.78.