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Three SL girls medal at prestigious Dan Lennon meet

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Three Storm Lake High underclassmen placed in the top five here Monday at the Dan Lennon Invitational meet at the University of South Dakota's Dakota Dome.

Michaela Brungardt took third out of 56 runners in the 400 meters in 6 3.14 seconds, while Morgan Darrow was fourth out of 50 throwers in the shot with a toss of 36 feet, 4.5 inches.

Heather Kessler took fifth in the 60 hurdles in 9.79 seconds for fifth place.

All three received plaques, which are given to just the top five individual finishes. Last year, SLHS girls track and field coach John Brostad said, Brungardt, Darrow and Kessler also finished in the top five.

He added that Brungardt was fifth in the 400 as a freshman last year, while Darrow was fifth last year in the shot and Kessler fifth in the 60 hurdles.

Brostad said finishing in the top five of the Dan Lennon meet is a stellar accomplishment.

"This is one of the top indoor meets in the Midwest, with teams from four states competing," he said. "Because of the stiff competition and the sheer numbers of athletes who compete, plaques are awarded to the top three relay teams as well as the top five individuals."

Several other SLHS athletes performed well Monday, Brostad said. He added that just 12 SLHS girls competed and most of them had gotten back from the band trip to Orlando, Fla. at 3 a.m. Monday morning.

"Considering that, the girls really competed well," Brostad said.

In the high jump, Veronica Kurtz tied for sixth with a leap of 4-10. Brostad said 46 athletes competed in the high jump.

Kata Harvey added a 13th place out of 56 runners in the 400 with a time of 6.81 seconds. Amy Kessler took 16th in the 60 hurdles in a field of 53 hurdlers.

The coach added that senior Heidi Hammen was 24th in the 60 hurdles, with Amanda Proczak throwing a career-best (31-6) in the shot for 18th place out of 50 competitors.

Senior Steph Rude was 24th out of 69 runners in the 60 meter dash in 8.70 seconds. Senior Angie Schmidt took 44th in the 60 dash in 8.95 seconds while Trish Halder was 46th in that event in 9.01.

The Tornadoes' 4x200 relay team of Schmidt, Brungardt, Rude and Kata Harvey was 12th out of 26 teams in 1 minute, 57.34 seconds.

The Tornado girls will compete next Monday at the Richard Ryan Relays in Gowrie, their first outdoor meet of the season.

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