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Tornadoes finish 5th at Lakes meet

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

STORM LAKE - The Storm Lake track teams wrapped up their three meet home stand Thursday night with the running of the 2012 Lakes Conference relays.

Both the Tornado girls and boys would finish fifth in the team standings. Spirit Lake Park ran away with the boys meet as they were crowned conference champions, while the Spencer girls took home the team title on the girls side.

The Indian boys earned a team score of 149, followed by Spencer at 102, Western Christian at 78, LeMars at 63, Storm Lake with 48, Emmetsburg with 43, Estherville-Lincoln Central with 37 and Cherokee with 34.

On the girls side, the Tigers totaled 150, Spirit Lake 122.5, Western Christian 101, LeMars 87, Storm Lake 41, Estherville 39, Cherokee 33.5 and Emmetsburg 15.

Highlighting the meet for the Tornadoes were three conference championship performances. Ethan Kenkel came away as the meet winner in the discus with a toss of 172' 4.5", nearly 30 feet ahead of second place. Megan Miller won the girls long jump by three quarters of an inch at 16' 0.75", and the 4x100 team of Miller, Mary Jo Besch, Anna Wulfekuhler and Brenna Richter took first at 52.36.

"Wow, fifth place. What a great effort by our gals," said Storm Lake head coach John Brostad. "On paper, we were seventh or eighth. The gals gave a super effort, and I am so very proud of them and our coaching staff. We could not have performed any better. We had talked with the girls yesterday and told them that on paper we could finish last but that they need to focus and strive for season and career bests in order to stay out of the cellar. They took that to heart. It was the last home meet for our seniors, and we told them to make it a good one. Not only they, but the rest of our performers had their best meet of the season. The coaches were so proud. Assistant coaches Keven Besch, Keri Schuelke and Barb Lang have been amazing all year and that showed tonight (Thursday). I feel so fortunate to be able to work with them."

Following Kenkel on the boys' side, David Tucker was the next top finisher as he was third in the 400 (53.30). Jay Grant was fourth in the 400 hurdles (59.91), as was Fernando Ramos in the 3200 (10:29.92), the 4x100 of Brian Thephavong, Sergio Lopez, Trey O'Brien and Mark Greenwalt (46.07) and the 4x400 of Tucker, Grant, Nic Seaman and David Mulgae (3:39.41).

Fifth went to Ramos in the 1600 (4:47.80), Kenkel in the shot (44'11"), Jacob Olson in the 3200 (10:39.90), the 4x800 of Mulgae, Kevin Carcamo, Sawyer Smith and Adam Ullerich (9:00.13), the shuttle hurdle relay of Max Lalone, Mitchell Martin, Grant and Thephavong (1:07.79) and the sprint medley of Pedro Ramos, O'Brien, Mulgae and Ullerich (3:53.74.).

Sixth went to O'Brien in the 400 (54.08), Green walt in the long jump (18'10.5") and the 4x200 of Aaron Krier, Lopez, Seaman and Greenwalt (1:36.09). Ramos added a seventh in the 800 (2:11.58).

After Miller and the 4x100 team, the Tornado girls were led by their throwers as Jessica Sandoval finished third in the discus at 106'10.25" and Emily Johnson took third in the shot at 32'10.25".

Fourth went to Nyakem Lieth in the high jump (4'10"), fifth to Richter in the 200 (27.77), sixth to Erin Schuelke in the 3000 (11:58.40), the shuttle hurdle relay of Teagan Nyren, Dezirae Reyes, Ashley Neumann and Nyakem Lieth (1:20.47) and the sprint medley of Besch, Wulfekuhler, Teondra O'Brien and Lidya Mulgae (2:06.93). Seventh went to Miller in the 100 (13.89), Hilda Munguia in the 400 (1:19.38) and Lieth in the 400 hurdles (1:17.48).

The Tornadoes now gear up for the District meet to be held in Spirit Lake. Joining them in a stout field there will be Algona, Bishop Heelan, LeMars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sergeant-Bluff Luton, Spencer and Spirit Lake. The meet begins Thursday, May 10th at 4PM.

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