Tornado track teams hit strides with victories
SLHS girls win Sheldon Invitational
Taking three individual first places and winning two relays, the Storm Lake High girls track and field team won the Sheldon Invitational here on a brisk, rainy afternoon.
The Tornadoes added five seconds, three third places and a fourth place to win the seven-team meet.
Long-time SLHS coach John Brostad liked his team's performance.
"This meet was a good learning experience for our rookies and our veterans," he said. "We had some good things happen, but we also can't let the weather conditions bother us and our performances. We have to warm up more on cold, rainy nights.
"Every point counts, and we have to have 100 percent of the team mentally tough 100 percent of the time," he said.
Taking firsts individually for the Tornadoes were Michaela Brungardt in the discus (98-9), Steph Rude in the 100 dash (13.69) and Heather Kessler in the 100 hurdles (16.52 seconds).
The shuttle hurdle team of Amy Kessler, Tiffany Segebart, Heidi Hammen and Heather Kessler took first in 1 minute, 11.44 seconds. The Tornadoes' 4x100 team of Trish Halder, Kata Harvey, Angie Schmidt and Rude won in 53.38 seconds.
Adding second places were Morgan Darrow in the shot put (35-7.5 inches), Maleia Miller in the 100 meters (13.75 seconds), Brungardt in the 400 in 63.76 seconds and Harvey in the 200 meters in 27.88 seconds.
The SLHS sprint medley relay team of Halder, Schmidt, Rude and Brungardt was second in 1:57.54.
Harvey added a third in the 400 in 64.31, while Amber Woodford was third in the 200 in 27.97 and Amy Kessler third in the 400 hurdles in 76.19 seconds.
The 4x200 team of Miller, Veronica Kurtz, Tammy Miller and Woodford was fourth in 2:04.94.
Taking a sixth place was Darrow in the discus (86-4), even though she hadn't thrown for the past two seasons.
Tammy Nielsen added a sixth place in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 6 inches. The 4x800 relay team of Amanda Cavanaugh, Raisa Bucheli, Kelsey O'Bannon and Ashley Solem was sixth in 11:45.97.
The SLHS girls are at Estherville Friday, and at Cherokee next Tuesday. The Tornadoes will have a home meet on Thursday, April 27.
*Coach Brostad added that there were several highlights in the meet, including:
*Brungardt ran a 61.2 second split in the sprint medley 400 leg; Cavanaugh, O'Bannon and Solem had solid 800 splits - in the low 2:50's for the first time this spring; Harvey and Woodford were both under 28 seconds in the 200 dash; Douglas and Nikki Lindquist both ran their best 3000 meter times of the season; Rude and Maleia Miller going 1-2 in the 100 dash; Brungardt and Harvey going 2-3 in the 400 and Harvey and Woodford going 2-3 in the 200.
"Those double placings helped us win the meet," Brostad said.
Tornado boys lap the field at Iowa Great Lakes Invite
If there were any doubts that the Storm Lake High boys track and field team is the class of Northwest Iowa this spring, they were laid to rest here Tuesday in the Iowa Great Lakes Invitational.
The Tornadoes finished first in 11 of the meet's 17 events, including eight individual winners and first places in three relays.
Storm Lake finished with 179 points, 85 points ahead of second place Estherville-LC. Spirit Lake was third with 92 points. Following were Spencer (55 points). Okoboji (54). Algona (37.5), Martin County West (7) and Emmetsburg (6).
SL seniors Tony Raveling and Logan Masters were double individual winners. Raveling won the shot put with a toss of 46 feet, 1 inch and the discus with a toss of 129 feet, 1 inch. Masters won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet and the 400 meter low hurdles in 56.90 seconds.
Also taking firsts in individual events were Lamthong Sounnarath in the 100 dash, and Alex Spielman in the 110 high hurdles (14.98 seconds). Derrick Randall in the 200 meter dash (23.2 seconds), while senior Kevin Wulfekuhler was first in the 1600 meters in 4:51.51.
The Tornadoes' 4x200 relay team of Sounnarath, Spielman, Daniel Higgins, and Randall was first in 1 minute, 33.45 seconds.
The 4x100 team of Sounnarath, Spielman, Mark Brown and Randall look first in 45.63 seconds, with the 4x400 team of Higgins, Chom Thammavongsa,Tyson Brandt and Randall winning in 3:42.12.
In the open track events, Federico Mendoza was second in the 3200 meters in 10:44.77, while Jesse Munger took third with a personal record time of 10:46.
Derrick Randall added a second place in the 100 dash in a new personal record time of 11.22 seconds,
Masters took second in the 110 high hurdles in 15.05 seconds. Also on the track, Daren Koehler was fifth in the 400 meter dash in 54.88 seconds, while Courtney Goodchild took fifth in the in the 800 meters in 2:12.80.
Matt Ung took sixth in the 200 meter dash (24.80 seconds), with Brady Randall sixth in the 400 low hurdles (1:03.10).
In the field events, Zach Manteufel was second to Masters in the high jump (5-10) and added a fifth place in the long jump (18-4.5) Thammavongsa was sixth in the long jump (18-.5).
Brady Randall was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 42-0.5, a personal record. Brendan Miller added a fourth in the discus with a toss of 117-10.
The Tornadoes' 1600 relay team of Brown, Tyson Brandt, Peter Winterton and Munger was fourth in 4:00.86 while the 4x800 team of Adam Sorbe, Nate Tucker, David Brady and A.J. Croker took fifth (8:54.26).
The Storm Lake boys are at the Pocahontas Invitational Friday evening and at Cherokee the following Tuesday.