Tornado boys win fourth straight Lakes Conference track title
Four and counting.
The Storm Lake boys track and field team captured its fourth consecutive Lakes Conference championship by winning the league meet last Friday night at Spirit Lake.
Storm Lake scored 99 points to beat LeMars by seven. Spencer was third with 76.
"The kids ran with determination, passion, and to win," Storm Lake first-year coach Jeff Brennan said. "I am so proud of our coaching staff and our athletes."
The Tornadoes had seven all-conference performances in individual events and four in relays. Mike Keller earned all-conference in three events. He won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 9 inches, captured the 200 meters in 22.42 seconds and won the 400 meters in a clocking of 50.2 seconds.
Shane Maier was all-conference in two events, setting new meet records in both. He won the shot put with a throw of 60-1 and claimed the discus with a throw of 162-10.
Tyler Youde was all-Lakes as he won the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 3.01 seconds. Mike Miller took second in the 400 meters in 51.13 seconds to earn all-conference honors.
Four relays were all-Lakes. The 4x400 tandem of Nick Sorbe, Nick Kurtz, Keller and Miller finished first in a season-best time of 3:26.32. The sprint medley unit of Colt Cook, Kurtz, Alex Kwikkel and Sorbe finished first in a season-best time of 3:42.63.
The 4x200 tandem of Bandaluck Sayarath, Kurtz, Cook and Derrick Randall placed second with a time of 1:34.89. The 4x800 relay quartet of Youde, Kevin Wulfekuhler, Dan Christiansen and Sorbe placed second in a season-best time of 8:16.92.
The 4x100 relay team finished fourth in 45.98 seconds. Logan Masters was fifth in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:00.83. Tyler Radke was seventh in 1:01.61. He tripped over the last hurdle in that race.
Masters placed seventh in the 110 high hurdles in 16.82 seconds, while Sayarath was seventh in the 100 meters in 11.7 seconds. Youde placed fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-10 and Kurtz was sixth in 5-8.