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Tornadoes send four events to State Track Meet

Monday, May 14, 2012

Megan Miller in the long jump.
SPIRIT LAKE - The Storm Lake boy's and girl's track teams will both take part at next week's State Track Meet in Des Moines as the Tornadoes qualified two events per side.

Junior Ethan Kenkel was an automatic qualifier in the discus with his first place throw of 162'6". The toss was the third best of Thursday's District qualifiers. Kenkel qualified last year but scratched on all three attempts.

Also making the cut was Fernando Ramos, who nabbed one of the eight statewide shots in the 3200. Ramos clocked a fourth-place time of 10:19.11 Thursday in Spirit Lake.

Ramos finished 23rd at the State Meet last year with a time of 10:37.45.

His time on Thursday was good enough for 13th among the 24 Class 3A qualifiers.

Bishop Heelan came away as the boy's District champions with a score of 141. Spirit Lake Park was second at 119, MOC-Floyd Valley third at 106, Algona fourth at 93, Spencer fifth at 74.5, LeMars sixth at 62.5, Storm Lake seventh at 53 and Sergeant Bluff-Luton eighth at 43.

On the girl's side, Megan Miller qualified with a District title leap of 17' in the long jump.

The leap marked a career best for Miller.

"She becomes only the fifth Storm Lake jumper to ever reach the 17' mark," said Storm Lake head coach John Brostad. "The others were Marianna Gutz, Amy Wulfekuhler, Slone Masters, and Katie Blum. That is pretty prestigious company."

Miller will also lead off the Storm Lake 4x100 relay with Mary Jo Besch, Anna Wulfekuhler and Brenna Richter that finished with a season best time of 51.75 to take third at Districts.

Their time is 12th best of 24 qualifiers.

"The 4x100 again ran a super race," said Brostad. "I want to thank our seniors: Tori Emery, Nyakem Lieth, and Anna Wulfekluhler for their efforts and leadership. I want to thank the assistant coaches: Keven Besch, Barb Lange, and Keri Schuelke as they have all done a superb job. I want to thank the entire squad for making this a fine season. Their continued efforts and striving to improve and setting many season and career bests are a testament to their dedication and work ethic. It is a pleasure to be a part of this team."

MOC-Floyd Valley came away as the District championship with a score of 146.5. Spirit Lake-Park was second at 124, Bishop Heelan third at 119, Algona fourth at 103, Spencer fifth at 94.5, LeMars sixth at 78, Storm Lake seventh at 41 and Sergeant Bluff-Luton eighth at 30.

Class 3A events begin Thursday at 9AM.

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