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Tornado girls state-bound in discus, long jump too

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Darrow, Brungardt, Masters add entries to their list

Storm Lake's girls track team on Saturday learned it had three more entries to the state meet in Des Moines this Thursday through Saturday.

On Friday during co-ed district action at Storm Lake, 10 Tornado girls-the same 10 who made all-Lakes Conference this season-qualified for the state meet in 10 events by finishing in first or second place.

The remaining state entry field included the next best eight times around the state.

For the Tornadoes, that included Morgan Darrow, who threw 115 feet, 2 inches for third place in the discus; Michaela Brungardt, who threw 110-3 for sixth in the discus; and Slone Masters, who went 15-10.5 for third place in the long jump.

With the additions, SL still has 10 girls headed to Drake Stadium, but it now will compete in 12 events (shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, 100, 200, 400, 100 hurdles, shuttle hurdle relay, 4x200, sprint medley, 4x100), with double qualifiers in the discus.

This is the first time in head coach John Brostad's 24 years with the program that the Tornadoes have had state qualifiers in all the field events.

"Kudos to (field events) coaches Keven Besch and Mark Kopriva," said Brostad. "I'd also like to thank head custodian Al Dirkx, high school custodian Henry DeMan and South custodian Terry Gransow for all their time and effort this year and in the past for getting the track site ready and helping with the meet.

That is a major undertaking with many hours of work involved."

* Note: In winning the 100 hurdles in 14.49 Friday, Heather Kessler broke the school record of 14.7 co-set by Kathy Appleseth Croker in 1978 and Marianna Gutz in 1984.

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