STORM LAKE - It was a record-setting year for the Storm Lake boys track team last season.
The Tornadoes placed first in all of their meets, averaged 131 points a meet, had 23 all-conference performers, won their first Lakes Conference title in 28 years, and placed fourth in the Class 3A team standings at the state meet.
However, 12 athletes and 56 percent of the scoring from that team are gone.
"It certainly will be tough to match last year's accomplishments, but if any team can do it, this one can," Storm Lake coach Dean Nicholson said. "We have not talked specific goals yet, but the general team goal is to be the best we can be."
"We feel we can be nearly as good as last year, and if everyone stays focused, works hard, and believes they can achieve, then it will happen," Nicholson added. "Right now, we look like a solid team with no glaring weaknesses in any area. Our goal is to score high in all events."
The cupboard isn't bare by any means. There is plenty of talent coming back, including the sprint events, where there are eight returnees. They include juniors John Armstrong, Jeff DeHaan, Rory Fulcher, Kurt Hanna, Justin Koeppe, sophomore Mike Miller and seniors T.J. Miller and Jim Phouangphet.
Juniors Ryan Brock and Scott Ellens, sophomores Tyler Radke and Tom Steward, and freshmen Mike Keller, Arturo Menchaca and Pat Pearson will all vie for spots.
Read the rest of this story in the 3/13 Pilot Tribune.