HULL - Kara Nelson of Cherokee Washington High, the state's top-ranked runner in Class 2A, won her fifth (of six) cross country meets this season by claiming first place at the Hull Western Christian Invitational here Tuesday.
Nelson, who clocked a speedy 15:11, beat runner-up Steph Wibben of George-Little Rock-Central Lyon, the state's second-ranked 2A runner, by 33 seconds.
Other top finishes for the Cherokee girls were Erica Nicholson 8th in 17:08, Ashley Mosbach 40th in 18:52, and Katherine Cook 41st in 18:55. Amanda Dittmer experienced tight hamstrings in the middle of the race and was pulled from the course by coach Deb Hankens after she saw Dittmer struggling.
Hence, Cherokee did not figure in the team point totals in the girls' competition.
Orange City Unity Christian won the girls team title with 56 points, followed by George-LR-CL 86, MOC-Floyd Valley 124, HWC 130, Sheldon 145, and Le Mars 179.
Cherokee finished 7th in the boys competition which was won by HWC with 45 points. Sioux Center was secondf with 71, followed by George-LR-CL 88, Sheldon 121, MOC-FV 135, Unity Christian 159, Cherokee 219, Le Mars 236.
Nate O'Bryan paced the Braves with an 18th-place finish in a time of 18:28. He was followed by Nick O'Bryan 33rd in 19:22, Evan Lundell 36th in 19:27, JJ Nitz 65th in 21:42, Everson Siegel 67th in 21:51, and Zach Mosbach 70th in 22:28.
Paxton O'Connor led the Cherokee JV boys, finishing 33rd in 20:44, followed by Kallyn Buschkamp 72nd in 22:50, Calvin Conley 78th in 23:19, and Jordan Ogren 84th in 24:28. Cam Owens did not finish the race after experiencing a tight quad muscle during the race and pulling off the course.
In girls JV, Michele Witcombe was 38th for Cherokee in a time of 19:42.