ORANGE CITY - Cherokee senior Kara Nelson kept up her amazing win streak by claiming the title of the Class 2A Girls Regional Cross Country Meet run on Landsmeer Golf Course here Thursday afternoon.
Nelson, who has won nine of 10 XC races this season, seized the day for Cherokee with her 14:54 clocking over the 2.5 mile course, 18 seconds faster than runner-up Steph Wibben, a sophomore from George-Little Rock who clocked a 15:34.
The state's top-ranked 2A runner, Nelson successfully defended her regional title she won last season, before posting a runner-up finish at the 2005 State Meet in Fort Dodge. Nelson was third at the state meet as a sophomore, and also qualified for state as a freshman.
Other finishers for the Washington High girls were Erica Nicholson 44th in 18:17, Katherine Cook 46th in 18:28, Ashley Mosbach 59th in 19:12, Amanda Dittmer 70th in 20:01, and Michele Witcombe 77th in 22:08.
George-Little Rock won the girls team title with 60 points, followed by Orange City Unity Christian 92, and Okoboji 111. The top three team qualify for Saturday's State Meet, and the top 10 individuals. Cherokee finished 11th with 220 points.
Nate O'Bryan led the Cherokee boys with a 13th-place finish in 17:56, followed by twin brother Nick O'Bryan 32nd in 18:43, Evan Lundell 49th in 19:19, Zach Mosbach 62nd in 20:09, Everson Siegel 73rd in 20:52, JJ Nitz 74th in 20:59, and Cam Owens 76th in 21:17.
Hull Western Christian won the boys competition with 55 points, followed by George-Little Rock 73, and Sioux Center 85. The top three teams earn a berth in the State Meet, and the top 10 individuals. Cherokee placed eighth in the boys team standings with 229 points.