SLHS girls crush record book at Districts, sending 15 events on to Des Moines
The Storm Lake girls finished a close second in team points to Spirit Lake in a two-team horserace for the 3A District crown Friday night, but they got what they came for, and then some.
An all-time SLHS school record 15 events have qualified for the State track meet in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday.
3A Girls Regional Results
Friday night / Host: MOC-FV
1. Spirit Lake 145.5
2. Storm Lake 140
3. Bishop Heelan 88
4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 77
5. Spencer 50
6. Estherville-LC 35
7. MOC-Floyd Valley 33
8. LeMars 20.5
The Tornadoes set a new school record for a regional event with their 140 points, hitting seven season or career bests and knocking out a school record six district first places, and the new high-water marks didn't stop there.
Michaela Brungardt smashed her previous school record in the 400 meters. She had been the first SLHS girl ever to run under 59 seconds when she went of in 58.53 in the Lakes Conference meet last week, and turning in a blazing 57.87 at Districts, she's now the first sub-58. She will be seeded second at State, a fraction of a second out of first.
Katie Blum grabbed two top five State seeds, with the fourth best marks in 3A in long jump and the 200 meters.
The 800 sprint medley team will be the number one State seed.
Hurdler Slone Masters and the 100 hurdles team are both seeded 4th.
All first and second place finishers at Districts go on to State, with the other eight slots at State going to the best additional times/distances statewide.
Storm Lake's qualifiers include:
* Shuttle Hurdle Relay - 1st in 1:07.29 - Amy Kessler, Myriah Noble, Cassie Meylor, Slone Masters
* Sprint Medley Relay - 1st in 1:51.31 (a season best) - Maleia Miller, Amber Woodford, Katie Blum, Michaela Brungardt
* 4 x 100 - 1st in 50.81 (a season best) - Maleia Miller, Amber Woodford, Katie Blum, Michaela Brungardt
* 400 meters - Michaela Brungardt - 1st in 57.87 (school record/career best)
* 100 meters - Amber Woodford - 3rd in 12.93
* 100 hurdles - Slone Masters - 1st in 15.31
* 100 hurdles - Cassie Meylor - 3rd in 16.02
* 400 hurdles - Slone Masters - 2nd in 70.37
* 200 meters - Katie Blum - 1st in 26.15
* 200 meters - Amber Woodford- 2nd in 26.21
* Discus - Michaela Brungardt - 2nd in 113' 11"
* Discus Jackie Brungardt - 3rd with 113' 10"
* Long Jump - Katie Blum - 2nd with 16' 7 3/ 4" (a career best)
* Long Jump - Slone Masters - 3rd with 16' 3 3/ 4"
* High Jump - Cassie Meylor - 3rd with 4' 10"
(Nya Ngut also qualifies as an alternate in the shuttle.)
"We were within an eyelash from having 18 events qualify, as Maleia Miller missed in the 100 by .02 second. Cassie Meylor missed by .09 second in the 400 hurdles, and Courtney Lovetinsky was just 8" shy in the shot put," Coach John Brostad said.
"Of the 15 events we double qualified in the discus, long jump, 100 hurdles, and the 200."
Spirit Lake has been the measuring stick for the rapidly improving Tornadoes all season, as they have lost the District title only once in the past four years.
Other highlights include:
The Brungardt sisters may be the all-time sibling tag team for a State event. Not only did both qualify for the big show, they are seeded next to each other after qualifying throws just one inch apart. Senior Michaela sits at 13th seed at 113'10" while freshman Jackie lurks at 14, 113'10."
Four Storm Lake girls will compete in four events each - Blum, Brungardt, Masters and Woodford, while Meylor cashes in three invitations and Miller two races.
Tammy Nielsen tied for 4th in the high jump at 4' 8". Courtney Lovetinsky was 5th in the shot at 34' 7 3/4". Jamie Cords was 6th at 33' 4".
Raisa Bucheli ran a season best of 14:02.32 in the 3000. The 4 x 800 of Lindsey Cavanaugh, Jordan Bauer, Megan Thompson, and Joanna Freking ran 10:55.87 with Freking running a 2:35.66 split. The 4 x 200 was 5th in 1:59.87 (Marlene Aguilar, Nya Ngut,
Katelyn Larson, and Jackie Brungardt.) Joanna Freking ran a season best of 2:38.12 in the 800. Megan Thompson ran a season best of 5:36.59 in the 1500. Jordan Bauer ran 5:49.47 in the 1500. The 4 x 400 of Amy Kessler, Jackie Brungardt, Nya Ngut, and Joanna Freking ran 4:49.59.
"We want to say thank you to our seniors; Michaela Brungardt, Amanda Cavanaugh, Amy Kessler, Maleia Miller, Tammy Nielsen, and Amber Woodford. This talented group will be missed next year," Brostad said.
Storm Lake's first events will be at 9 A.M. on Thursday morning with the discus and shuttle hurdle prelims.
SL boys ready to rock on to State
The Storm Lake track boys might also be the best boys band at the meet.
"To stay loose, we like to turn up the music on the bus on the way to every meet and sing along," says multiple-event State Qualifier Jeff Keen. "Tony Pertzborn is the best singer we have."
Well, break out the tunes, crank the knob, and set that ride rocking, because as previously announced Friday, the Storm Lake boys will send 10 events with eight athletes on the road to Drake Stadium this week.
Chom Thammavongsa and Jeff Keen will each run in four events, and Keen carries the only top 10 seeds into State for the Tornadoes.
Jeff Keen, running his first 110 high hurdles, finished in 16.62 for 2nd place at Districts. He will go off at State as the highest Storm Lake seed, with the fifth best seeding time in the state in 3A.
It was one place he never expected to be. "The day before Districts, when I got to practice, coach told me, 'Jeff, we're going to try something new.' I said okay - so I really only ran two or three hurdles trying it out before I ran it for the first time at Districts," Keen said.
The senior said his team wasn't expected to do as well as they have this year, but going in, the boys know they had the depth to score in the relays, and plenty of returning talent with State potential.
"We get along really well, and it seems like we have all known each other almost all through school." Keen said. "We have a bunch of events and a lot of experience, so we should get a few points at State."
As for the senior, he hopes to continue his track career beyond high school, running next year in the relatively new track program at Iowa Central, and then planning to transfer on and continue with a four-year school.
He'll have plenty of company to carry the tune to Des Moines. SLHS qualifiers include:
* The shuttle hurdle team of Keen, Thammavongsa, Peter Winterton and Zach Miller, who were first at the District meet in 59.22.
* Matt Ung in the 100 meters, a winner in 11.38.
* The 4x200 team of Miller, Thammavongsa, Courtney Goodchild and Ung, first in 1:32.81.
* 1600 meters runner Freddy Mendoza, a winner in 23.24.
* 400 meters hurdler Keen with a second in 58.15 will be seeded 7th at State.
* The 4x100 team of Ung, Eric Smith, Thammavongs and Miller, first in 44.87.
* In the high jump, J.B. Tut with a second at 5'10".
*In the long jump, Matt Ung with a third on a leap of 20'11.75".