Some strong performances, including two that just missed moving on to the finals, marked Thursday for the Storm Lake High girls track and field team.
Senior sprinter Steph Rude did make the finals, running the fifth best 100 meter dash time in a field of 24 runners divided into three heats.
Running in the second lane of the first heat, Rude finished with a career best time of 12.74 seconds. Benton Van-Horne's sophomore Callan Jacobson had the top 100 prelim time of 12.23 seconds.
"Steph got off to a strong start in her heat and wound up with a career best time and making the finals," Brostad said. "We have some senior sprinters on this team and Steph and others like Heidi Hammen and Angie Schmidt will be missed next year."
Also in the 100 meter dash, sophomore Maleia Miller had the 15th best prelim time of 13.16 seconds, although she did not make the finals.
In the 200 meter dash, SLHS sophomore Amber Woodford came within five spots of making the finals, finishing with the 13th best prelim time of 26.81 seconds.
Fellow 200 runner Kata Harvey, an SLHS junior, finished with the 20th best prelim time of 27.58 seconds.
Defending 2A 200 champ Jen Ganshirt of Dubuque Wahlert had the top prelim time of 25.45 seconds.
The Tornadoes had some tough luck in the 400 meter dash, where sophomore Michaela Brungardt finished in 59.90 seconds. That was the ninth best time in the prelims, but only the top eight times make the finals.
"That shows you how good the competition has become in Class 3A," Brostad said. "Michaela's time is awfully good not to advance her to the finals."
Harlan senior Brittany Moore had the top 400 dash prelim time, finishing in 57.09 seconds.
In the shuttle hurdle relay, the Storm Lake girls team also just missed the finals. The team of Heidi Hammen, Amy Kessler, Tiffany Segebart and Heather Kessler finished in 1 minute, 7.79 seconds, the tenth best prelim time.
The eighth best time was put up by Decorah (1:07.50), less than .3 seconds better than the Tornadoes. Mount Pleasant's shuttle hurdle team had the top prelim time Thursday of 1:03.73. In the field events, Storm Lake junior Veronica Kurtz took sixth overall with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch. Mount Pleasant senior Lindsey Boldt won the 3A girls high jump with a leap of 5-5.
FRIDAY'S 3A HIGHLIGHTS
*Storm Lake High junior Morgan Darrow took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 5 inches, just half a foot out of fourth place. Winning the 3A shot put with a toss of 41-3.25 was Katy Naberhaus of Carroll.
*SLHS junior Heather Kessler qualified for the finals in the 100 low hurdles. Friday, her prelim time of 15.54 seconds was the fourth best in the field.
*The Tornadoes' also placed in the 4x200 relay Friday, as the team of Maleia Miller, Kata Harvey, Amber Woodford and Steph Rude took eighth place with a time of 1:46.56.