The Storm Lake High School boys won only twice, but placed in such an array of events that they claimed second place as a team amid a strong field at the Tomahawk Relays Saturday.
Spirit Lake Park was first in the team standings with 134 points, consistent Storm Lake second with 107, and Bishop Heelan third with 92, followed by LeMars, Sioux City North, Spencer, MOC-Floyd Valley and Sioux City West.
"The overall place surprised me, because we knew the Sioux City teams would bring some very good individual competitors," Storm Lake coach Paul Matthew said.
"For our first time outdoors, we were very pleased that our times were right where they were last year."
To get to the next level, the coaches plan to "tweak" slightly in terms of the events some of the athletes will run at future meets, and will continue searching for some depth in the distance events.
One Tornado who needs no tweaks is Peter Winterton, who won the 200 in 22.62, and ran an impressive leg on the first place shuttle hurdle team with Jeff Keen, J.B. Tut and Zach Miller. Winterton also contributed a second in the 400 meters at 51.71, and turned in a blazing 51.88 leg for the second place 4x400 team with Keen, Courtney Goodchild and Chom Thammavongsa.
Distance specialist Freddy Mendosa was second in the 3200 at 10:36.01, and Jeff Keen second in the 400 hurdles at 60.33.
The 4x200 team of Zach Miller, Chom Thammavongsa, Courtney Goodchild and Matt Ung was second in 1:34.37, and Eric Smith joined Thammavongsa, Ung and Miller in the 4x100 to grab second in 44.73.