SL girls set school scoring records

Thursday, May 8, 2008

It was a night of records, streaks, and season/career bests as the Storm Lake girls won eight of the 19 events and scored in 14 of them to finish second to perennial rival Spirit Lake Park in the Lakes Conference Girls Track Championships Monday night at Estherville.

It was a two team-race all night, as Spirit Lake Park piled up 158.33 points, to 132.22 for Storm Lake - the most a Tornado girls' team has ever scored in the conference meet. Hull Western Christian was a distant third with 74, followed by Emmetsburg, Cherokee, Estherville Lincoln Central, Sheldon, Spencer and LeMars.

Nine Tornado girls earned All-Conference honors, and the team scored over 100 points for the fourth year in a row.

Michaela Brungardt set a new school record and a new Lakes Conference record in the 400 meters by winning in 58.41 seconds. That broke the old record of 58.9 set back in 1987 and 1976 by a pair of Spencer runners. Brungardt has owned the 400 for three years in a row at the conference meet.

Slone Masters had a career night with four gold finishes including three individual events. School officials can't find anything in the record books to match the feat.

Masters claimed the long jump in 16' 3 3/4", the 100 hurdles in a career best 15.20, the 400 hurdles in 70.25 and ran on the winning shuttle hurdle team that saw a season best of 1:06.57.

Katie Blum had three firsts as she won the 200 in a career best of 26.13, ran on the winning sprint medley team (1:52.26) and on the winning 4x100 relay (51.32). She added a 3rd in the long jump at 16' 3".

Amber Woodford rounded back into winning form after returning from a knee injury, to add two firsts, as a member of the sprint medley and 4x100 relays. She was also 2nd in the 100 meters in 12.74 and 3rd in the 200 in 26.27, both season bests.

Frosh Jackie Brungardt had a career best in the discus of 121'1" to get 2nd.

The shuttle hurdle relay of Slone Masters, Amy Kessler, Myriah Noble, and Cassie Meylor ran a season best of 1:06.57 to win.

Maleia Miller, Amber Woodford, Katie Blum, and Michaela Brungardt ran a season best of 1:52.26 to win the sprint medley and the same foursome also ran a season best of 51.32 to win the 4x100.

First and second place finishers earned All-Conference honors. They include:

* Sloan Masters (long jump/hurdles/shuttle hurdles)

* Michaela Brungardt (400, relays)

* Katie Blum (200, relays)

* Amber Woodford (100, relays)

* Maleia Miller (relays)

* Cassie Meylor (hurdles/shuttle hurdles)

* Amy Kessler (shuttle hurdles)

* Myriah Noble (shuttle hurdles)

* Jackie Brungardt (discus)

Cassie Meylor had a memorable all-around performance with a 2nd in the 100 hurdles in 15.72, a 3rd in the 400 hurdles in 71.78, tied for 4th in the high jump at 4' 8" and running on the winning shuttle relay.

Michaela Brungardt was 5th in the discus at 109' 8" which was again moments after she had run the 400.

Maleia Miller was 5th in the 100 in 13.16.

The 4x800 of Lindsey Cavanaugh, Joanna Freking, Jordan Bauer, and Megan Thompson were 5th in 11:19.13.

Courtney Lovetinsky was 6th in the shot put at 34' 2 1/ 2".

The 4x200 of Marlene Aguilar, Nya Ngut, Katelyn Larson, and Jackie Brungardt were 6th in 1:58.17.

Raisa Bucheli ran a new career best in the 3000 in 14:03.10. Joanna Freking ran a season best of 2:38.66 in the 800 and just missed placing.

SLHS won the 400 meters, sprint medley and the 4x100 for the fourth year in a row at the conference meet.

"It was a great night for the gals as they had numerous season and career bests," Coach John Brostad said. "It's frustrating to have had four super years in a row and have another team that is also havng four super years of talent."

In fact, the Tornadoes won eight events to Spirit Lake Park's five, but SLP's outstanding consistency prevailed, as they scored points in 18 of the 19 events and doubled up with points from more than one athlete in eight of 12 individual categories.

"They just had too much depth," Brostad said. "It doesn't take a thing away from our girls' performance.

"Special thanks again go to our outstanding assistant coaches - Rick Scheidel, Mark Kopriva, and Keven Besch for the great job they do in preparing our athletes."

Loaded up with all-conference momentum, the Storm Lake girls will perform Friday at the District meet to be held in Orange City. Events begin at 4 p.m.

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