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Tornadoes excel at state indoor girls track meet

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Morgan Darrow's shot put heave of 42 feet, 3/4 inches led Storm Lake's girls Friday at the state indoor girls track championships.

Darrow placed fifth in the meet, which was formerly the A.D. Dickinson Relays and was held in the UNI-Dome. More than 2,000 athletes from more than 100 schools competed.

The Tornado senior edged out 142 throwers en route to winning a state medal.

"It was another fine indoor meet," Tornadoes coach John Brostad said. "Morgan Darrow again threw awesome."

Courtney Lovetinsky also had a solid meet, throwing 35-1.5 to claim a career best by more than a foot. Her throw was good enough for 25th place.

Storm Lake's Veronica Kurtz high jumped five feet to tie for ninth place out of 94 jumpers, while Heather Kessler made the finals of the 60-meter hurdles and finished ninth out of 181 hurdlers with a time of 9.56 seconds.

The Tornadoes' 4x200-meter relay squad, comprised of Slone Masters, Katie Blum, Amber Woodford and Michaela Brungardt went 1:51.40 to take ninth out of 100 teams. Meanwhile, the 4x100 (Maleia Miller, Slone Masters, Amber Woodford, Heather Kessler) ran a solid 53.32 (with fully automatic timing) to claim 10th out of 77 schools.

Brungardt was 19th out of 169 runners in the 400-meter dash, with a fully automatic time of 63.18.

In the 60-meter dash, Maleia Miller placed 33rd out of 187 runners with a time of 8.51.

Teammate Amy Kessler finished 34th out of 181 runners in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 10.23.

Another team highlight that coach Brostad noted was Heather Douglas running a career best in the 3,000 meters in 13:25.63. That placed her 79th out of 109 runners.

"That was great to see as Heather works so hard all year round with her running," said Brostad. "She is extremely dedicated and hard working so it was nice to see her efforts pay off."

In the high jump, Storm Lake's Tammy Nielsen cleared 4-6 to take 56th out of 94 competitors.

Slone Masters long jumped 14-9.5 to place 50th out of 138 jumpers, and Katie Blum leapt 13-0.25 to finish 11th in the same competition.

The 4x800 of Amanda Cavanaugh, Lindsey Cavanaugh, Nicole Martin and Cassie Meylor went 11:44.46 to finish 65th out of 81. Jenna Bowman was 136th out of 187 in the 60 with a 9.33 clocking.

Lindsey Cavanaugh ran 6:08.69 in the 1,500 for 115th out of 158. Teammate Katie Matasotsky ran 6:17.37 for 128th out of 158 in the 1,500 for a career best.

"Katie has also put in a lot of hard work in the offseason and it is paying dividends," said Brostad.

In the 400, Amy Kessler finished 129th out of 169 runners with a 71.74 showing. Katie Blum clocked 29.28 in the 200 to finish 52nd out of 174 runners, and Tammy Nielsen ran 30.22, placing her at 89th.

Cassie Meylor ran 2:45.51 to finish 64th out of 143 runners in the 800, and teammate Raisa Bucheli booked 3:02.94 to claim 126th place.

Storm Lake's 4x400 (Slone Masters, Amy Kessler, Katie Blum, Michaela Brungardt) ran 4:39.4 to finish 46th out of 66 teams.

Coach Brostad concluded that it was a "long but very successful 18-hour day."

The Tornadoes kick off the outdoor season Monday, April 2 with the Richard Ryan Relays at Gowrie starting at 5 p.m.

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