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Quadruple gold for Blum, Woodford returns

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Juggernaught" might be the term for the Storm Lake girls track team of late.

The green and white ran away with their third meet title in a row at the Cherokee Invitational Tuesday night, and piled on 27 season or career bests in the process.

Storm Lake finished with 145 team points to 106 for Carroll. Western Christian was a distant third, followed by Unity Christian, Cherokee, Spencer, Sheldon and MOC-FV.

For sophomore Katie Blum, it was one for the scrapbook - four golds, including individual career bests in both the long jump and 200, and a leg on a record setting relay.

The sprint medley team of Maleia Miller, Cassie Meylor, Katie Blum and Michaela Brungardt set its fourth sprint medley meet record, with a season best 1:53.44.

The familiar lineup of Miller, Blum, Masters and Brungardt won the 4x100, tying their season best 52.20 as they warm up to compete in the Drake Relays Friday.

Katie Blum sailed 16'4.5" in winning the long jump, and also claimed the 200 meters in 26.52.

Amber Woodford won the 100 dash in 13.09, and Michaela Brungardt won the 400 in 59.79.

The shuttle hurdle relay team set their season best in winning at 1:07.88 with Masters, Meylor, Amy Kessler and Myriah Noble.

The 4x800 team of Amanda Cavanaugh, Joanna Freking, Jordan Bauer and Megan Thompson ran their season best for third.

Freshman Jackie Brungardt was second in the discus at 111'10"; sophomore Slone Masters was second in the 400 hurdles at 69.42 with a career best; senior Tammy Nielsen cleared five feet in the high jump for second and her season best height.

Newcomer sophomore Marlene Aguilar looked good in her first-ever 400.

Coach John Brostad summed it up, atypically, in a word after the action:

"Wow!"

His senior all-everything Michaela Brungardt won the 400, and ran anchor legs on two winning relays, and finished fourth in the discus, which she had to throw right after running the 400.

Meylor ran a career best in the 400 hurdles for third, was fourth in the high jump, as well as well as two relay wins. Miller added a third to her resume in the 100.

For the girls, the best moment may have been the return of their senior Amber Woodford in her first action of the year after shredding her ACL ligament in a knee injury during a basketball game against Spirit Lake in January. The sprinter showed no rust with her win in the 100 and third place finish in the 200, bringing more depth to SLHS's embarassment of riches on the track.

"It was nice to have this talented and hard working young lady back," Brostad said. "Her basketball injuries would have ended most athlete's seasons, but her hard, hard work has helped her come back."

Brostad credited former BVU track coach Keith Schmidt for helping Woodford get ready to return to competition.

The girls see action on the emerald surface next, hosting the Storm Lake Invitational Thursday and the Tornado Relays next Tuesday.

The four qualifiers for Drake will compete in Thursday's meet and then depart immediately for Des Moines, where Michaela Brungardt competes in the discus at 9 a.m. Friday and the 4x100 team goes off at 5:30 p.m.



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