The Storm Lake High girls track and field is starting to hit its stride with the postseason just two and a half weeks away.
Taking five first places, six seconds and collecting 20 season/and or career best times and distances, the Tornadoes finished second to Lakes Conference and 3A power Spirit Lake.
The Indians won with 158 points, with SLHS second with 121 points and Forest City third with 101 points. Following were Spencer, Emmetsburg and Estherville.
Leading the first placers was the Tornadoes' sprint medley team of Trish Halder, Angie Schmidt, Amber Woodford and Michaela Brungardt, which won with a meet record time of 1 minute, 53.53 seconds. The previous meet record had lasted for 30 years.
"We had numerous highlights," coach John Brostad said. "The girls had a great night."
The Tornadoes' shuttle hurdle relay team of Heidi Hammen, Amy Kessler, Tiffany Segebart and Heather Kessler won in a season's best time of 1:09.25. The 4x100 team of Halder, Kata Harvey, Schmidt and Stephanie Rude won in a season's best 52.21 seconds.
Individually, Woodford took top honors in the 100 dash in 13.15 seconds, while Brungardt won gold in the 400 meters with a season's best time of 60.94.
Adding seconds were Rude in the 100 in 13.20 seconds, Harvey in the 200 with a season's best 27.31, Morgan Darrow in the shot put (37 feet, 2 inches), Veronica Kurtz in the high jump (4-10), Heather Kessler in the 100 hurdles (15.40 seconds) and the 4x200 relay team of Maleia Miller, Kurtz, Tammy Nielsen and Rude (1:56.86).
Darrow added a third place in the discus with a toss of 108-11 in just her second competition throw in the last two years. Brostad said Darrow broke her personal best by 18 feet.
Hammen took fourth in the 100 hurdles with a season's best time of 16.48 seconds. Brungardt took fifth in the discus with a toss of 101-5, while Tammy Nielsen was fifth in the high jump (4-6). The Tornadoes' distance medley team ran a season's best time of 5:02.23.
Harvey was fifth in the 400 meters in 63.47 and Amy Kessler took fifth in the 400 hurdles in 76.62.
Other highlights in the varsity and JV divisions, Brostad said, were:
*Kelsey O'Bannon high jumped 4-8; Lindsey Dreher, Amanda Cavanaugh and Katie Matsotsky ran season's best times in the 1500 meters of 6:05, 6:07 and 6:25, respectively.
*Brooke Noble threw the shot put 28-9.5 and the discus 82-6; Dicka Lewo ran a good JV time of 30.96 in the 200 meter dash; Erin Tucker ran a season's best 80.75 seconds in the 400 hurdles.
*Raisa Bucheli ran a season's best time of 2:50.15 in the 800 meters; Julie Manatham anchored the distance medley team, which ran a season's best 2:47.75.
The Tornado girls and boys track and field teams are at a coed invitational in Cherokee Tuesday and host the coed Tornado Relays Thursday.