The Storm Lake cross-country team kicked off their season on Tuesday as they traveled to Spirit Lake Invitational.
The Tornadoes' Paul Yak got his junior campaign off to a terriffic start as he won the 5K. Yak ran the 3.1 miles in a blazing 16:20. Yak's time was 33 seconds faster than he ran at Spirit Lake Invitational a year ago, and it is just 20 seconds off of Jerry Gallagher's school record set at Carroll in 1992.
"Paul looked very very good against some of the best competition in northwest Iowa and in the State of Iowa," said head Coach John Brostad.
Freshman Adam Ullerich finished second for the Storm Lake boys and 39th overall as he clocked a time of 19:19 in his first varsity meet. Sophomore. J.C. Renteria was 42nd overall at 19:29, 17 seconds faster than last year. Newcomer senior Eddie Rios was 44th in his first ever cross country meet.
Leading the Storm Lake girls was senior Christine Becker with a time of 16:52. Becker medalled in every conference meet last season and kept her streak going this year as she finished 15th out of 54 runners. Sophomore Emily Mohr was 26th with a time 17:30, and junior Lindsey Cavanaugh was 33rd as she finished at 18:07.
"It was a good first meet for us," said Brostad. "There were no huge surprises, and we finished about like Coach Parkhurst and I had predicted. We had some illness and injuries that slowed us a little, and we miss some athletes who didn't come out. So, all in all we did fine as we are very young and inexperienced. The kids are working hard and it's a good group to coach with some fine senior leadership."
The Tornadoes are in action again Tuesday, September 9th as they travel to LeMars. The meet will begin at 4:30 PM starting with the middle school division.