Swift relays including a new school record in the shuttle hurdle powered the Storm Lake boys to second place in the Lakes Conference Track Meet Monday night at Estherville.
Spirit Lake Park won with 125 points, followed by Storm Lake with 106.5. In a mirror image of the girls' meet, the "Lakes" teams fought it out for supremacy, leaving the rest of the field far in their wake. LeMars was third with 67, followed by Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Hull Western Christian, Cherokee, Spencer and Sheldon.
Storm Lake had eight athletes win All-Conference status.
"I was really proud of how all the guys ran. We knew it would be tough against a very strong Spirit Lake team," Coach Paul Matthew said. "There was one point where we were up on them by half a point - it went back and forth all night."
Jeff Keen, Chom Thammavongsa, Peter Winterton and Zach Miller placed second in the shuttle hurdle in school record time of 59.09, with Chom turning in a blazing 13.64 leg.
Storm Lake won the 4x200, with Thammavongsa, Zach Miller, Courtney Goodchild and Matt Ung recording a 1:32.43 time.
The 4x100 team won as Eric Smith joined Ung, Thammavongsa and Miller for a 44.59 outing.
Courtney Goodchild, Keen, Thammavongsa and Winterton were second in the 4x400. Storm Lake also placed in the distance medley.
The foursome of Keaton Dreher, Tony Pertzborn, Mike Adams and Freddy Mendoza placed sixth. The 4x800 also finished sixth, with Goodchild, David Brady, Tor Gach and J.B. Tut.
Storm Lake won no individual events, but placed consistently throughout.
Matt Ung and Zach Miller were second and third in the 100 meter dash.
Peter Winterton was second in the 200 meters at 22.50, and Matt Ung was second in the long jump with 20'11". Freddy Mendoza was second in the 3200.
Jeff Kofmehl was third in the shot put, and Jeff Keen was third in the 400 hurdles.
J.B. Tut was fourth in the high jump, with Nate Tucker fifth. Mendoza was fifth in the 1600. Brendan Miller was sixth in the discus.
Matthew was pleased to see his younger competitors begin to find their stride.
"J.B. Tut ran his best time in the open 800 as a sophomore, and Tor Gach, was right behind him in under 2:10, and he's just a freshman. It's nice to see the young guys have that kind of ability in them."
The relay crew remains as the core of the green and white scoring machine. Thammavongsa ran on four 1st or 2nd place relays, Ung placed in four events, Winterton and Keen placed high in three events each.
The team is excited to hit the District meet Friday at MOC, their coach said.
"We feel like we can take quite a few events to State. We have the definites, such as our shuttle hurdle team that is best in the district, where we are confident unless something really goes wrong. But we have a couple of things that are close, and it will just depend on which teams come most ready to run."
SLHS will stay with the event line-up that is working for them, except for some tweaking to the distance medley relay, looking for just a little more speed to contend for a State slot.
Storm Lake has several relays that could make the cut, is in good shape with its pair of speedsters in the 100, and should contend with Mendoza handling the distance chores.
Earning All-Conference honors are:
* Freddy Mendoza (3200)
* Jeff Keen (shuttle hurdles)
* Chom Thammavongsa (shuttle hurdles/relays)
* Peter Winterton (400/shuttle hurdles)
* Zach Miller (shuttle hurdles/relays)
* Matt Ung (long jump/100/relays)
* Courtney Goodchild (relays)
* Eric Smith (relays)