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SL gets nine 1sts and 2nds, records at Cherokee

Spring has been a long time coming, but for the Storm Lake High School track girls, it's good to set foot outdoors.

In their first open-air action of the season Friday night, the green and white set two meet records and one new school mark, placing second only to powerful rival Spirit Lake Park in the eight-team 2A field in Cherokee's Tomahawk Relays,

SLP won with 147 points, as Storm Lake was second with 117 and Bishop Heelan third with 100. Spencer was a distant fourth, followed by Sioux City North, Sioux City West, LeMars and Estherville-Lincoln Central.

Michaela Brungardt was dominant in the 400 meters, turning in a blazing 59.02 to claim meet and school records, her closest competition nearly five seconds in her dust.

She also anchored the sprint medley relay to a new meet record of 1:54.80, with Maleia Miller, Katie Blum and Slone Masters.

Brungardt wrapped up a memorable evening with her second best career discus toss of 121'11", good for second. Her younger sister, Jackie Brungardt, was right behind, in third with 107'2".

Michaela admits that she didn't expect the Tornado girls to be where they are so soon.

"I was really surprised. This was our first chance to run outside at all. It was really cold, and I wasn't expecting much," she says.

She finds herself both faster and stronger than where she left off last year. "I worked pretty hard during the off season. Even during basketball, I kept running and lifting weights."

Despite her success on the track, she says that discus is her favorite event. "I guess because it's the one where I don't have to run anywhere," she laughs.

It's also a little extra fun to compete with her sister. "We help each other and go out and do a lot of throwing together," she says. Her goal is to hit or exceed 130 feet before the season is over.

Brungardt feels that Storm Lake has room to grow through the season.

"We have a good core of girls back doing a lot of events. We have to replace some good seniors this year, but we already have some freshmen and sophomores who are pretty solid," she says. "I think we could do a lot. I think we can contend to win our conference, and place some events at State."

Sloan Masters won or shared in three firsts in the meet, winning the long jump with a leap of 15'6.5".

The shuttle hurdle team of Masters, Amy Kessler, Cassie Meylor and Myriah Noble was first in 1:09.84.

Cassie Meylor also won the 400 hurdles in 72.86.

Tammy Nielsen was second in the high jump with 4'10"; Katie Blum was second in the 200; and Courtney Lovetinsky placed second in the shot, while sophomore Jamie Cords had a career best toss for fourth place.

The 4x100 team of Maleia Miller, Katie Blum, Slone Masters and Michaela Brungardt was third in the 4x100. Katie Blum added a third in the long jump. Maleia Miller ran an impressive 100 in 13.21 for fourth.

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