SL girls win 4th straight Sheldon title

Thursday, April 17, 2008

If you happen to be a Tornado track athlete, Sheldon isn't a bad place to spend a spring evening.

Storm Lake won their fourth Sheldon Invitational Monday night, outdistancing second-place Spencer by 31 points and claiming their second invitational title in a row.

Katie Blum charted new career bests in the 200 meters and long jump, and the sprint medley team raced to its third meet record in as many attempts; Maleia Miller, Slone Masters, Katie Blum and Michaela Brungardt putting up a blazing 1:53.88. The same foursome also won the 4x100 in 53.54.

Storm Lake's powerful core proved itself again, grabbing first in seven events and second in three.

Miller won the 100 in 13.35, Brungardt the discus with a toss of 116'4" and the 400 meters in 60.94, Cassie Meylor the high jump with a leap of 4'7", and Blum the 200 in 26.69.

Blum's career best long jump of 15'10" was good for second, while teammate Masters was third with her season best 15'8.5". Meylor added a second in the 400 hurdles, and the shuttle hurdle team of Myriah Noble, Amy Kessler, Cassie Meylor and Slone Masters also claimed second.

Jackie Brungardt in discus, Lindsey Cavanaugh in the 800 meters and Megan Thompson in the 1500 placed third.

Fourth place finishes went to Jordan Bauer in the 1500, Myriah Noble in the 100 hurdles, the distance medley relay team of Jenna Bowman, Courtney Lovetinsky, Jamie Cords, and Joanna Freking. The 4x100 team of Amanda Cavanaugh, Lindsey Cavanaugh, Jordan Bauer, and Megan Thompson were also fourth.

Courtney Lovetinsky placed fifth in the shot put.

"Michaela Brungardt had another great night as she was part of four first places," Coach John Brostad said. "Katie Blum also had a super night as she had three firsts and one second plus two career best performances on a very cold and windy night. She had never jumped 15' in long jump last year and she has been over 15' in every meet this year."

Jackie Brungardt, just a freshman, went over 108 feet, following in the footsteps of her older sister and fellow discus thrower.

Megan Thompson and Jordan Bauer both had season bests in the 1500.

The SLHS girls' next meet is Friday at Estherville.

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