DENISON - The Storm Lake cross country teams were in Denison Tuesday night, and it was an impressive showing for the Tornado boys, who topped the field with a team score of 70, 25 points ahead of second-place Harlan.
Fernando Ramos again led the way, placing third overall at 17:56. Three other Tornadoes were in the top 20 as Kevin Carcamo was 11th (18:19), David Mulgae 13th (18:26) and Peter Mulgae 17 (18:48). Moses Yak was 26th (19:09), Philip Bond 33rd (19:20) and Jose Candelario 73rd (20:53).
"he guys races both went very well tonight," said SL head coach Justin Mellmann. "We finally are starting to look like we are racing as hard as we've been training. We are working through a few small injuries, but I think we are pretty much over them. The varsity guys got a nice win tonight. We had Moses Yak back. He plays a big role in us being as successful as we want to be this season. The guys over all ran pretty tough. Kevin continues to improve for us and has done so in a big way for the last two meets."
The Storm Lake girls finished 11th in their field, led by a 21st place finish by Marlee Nicholson (18:32). Haylee Lindquist was 53rd (20:28), Meghan McCleary 62nd (21:11), Tessa Radcliff 74th (23:23) and Christine McGrane 79th (24:39). Harlan won the girl's contest with a score of 21. Council Bluffs Lincoln was a distant second at 77.
"The ladies ran pretty well tonight," said Mellmann. "They continue to pick off a team here and there. We are working on a few injuries that will help us improve in the meets to come. Marlee had a nice race. She got out very well and ran a nice race."
Ridge View also took part in the meet with the boys placing 10th and the girls taking 12th. Jason Kenny led the Raptors as he won the boy's race with a time of 17:46. Christian Egger was 20th at 18:54, Sergio Carbajal 45th (19:43), Luke Kliegl 69th (20:44), Charlie Kliegl 70th (20:45), Gabe Carbajal 82nd (22:01) and Zach Kenny 83rd (22:01).
Rachel Boyle led the girls at 57th (20:39), Kate Mathes was 61st (21:06), Susie Collier (634d), Melissa Brandt 67th (21:54), Angela Livezey (23:56), Courtney Carstens 76th (24:05).
Storm Lake returns to action next Tuesday in Cherokee. The Raptors, meanwhile, are in Lake City Tuesday.