STORM LAKE - The young Cherokee Washington High girls track and field team turned heads with a very solid performance at the rugged Tornado Relays in Storm Lakeon May 1st, finishing third in the team title race.
Host Storm Lake won the meet with 158 points, followed by MOC-Floyd Valley 105, Cherokee 94, Spencer 86, Le Mars 72, and Carroll Kuemper 66.
WHS seconds included Lynn Carlson's 39-1 shot put, Alison Husman's 16-1 long jump, and Valentine's 1:11.6 time in the 400-meter hurdles. Lauren Husman was third in the 200 meters in a time of 27.6.
Cherokee racked up several fourth-place finishes, including Carlson's 103-4 discus effort, Eric Nicholson's 12:19.3 time in the 3000 meters and personal best 5:26.2 clocking in the 1500 meters, the shuttle hurdle relay, sprint medley relay, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay.
Misty Bruhn, Bailey English, Julie Miller, and Valentine ran the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:13.3; Nancy Perrin, Kelsey Essick, Sophia Haselhoff, and Rochelle McGill ran the sprint medley in 2:07.1; Perrin, Essick, Haselhoff, and McGill ran the 4x100 in 55.7; and Dilla, Valentine, Lauren Husman, and Alison Husman ran the 4x400 in 4:22.9.
"This was a good meet with season best times in six events," noted Cherokee co-coach Neil Phipps. "We ran several smart races strategically with the wind and against our opposition."
Cherokee senior distance ace Kara Nelson ran in just one event (3000 meters) as she is nursing a leg injury. A healthy Nelson would have provided enough team points to push the WHS club into second place.
The Cherokee girls compete in the South O'Brien Relays in Cherokee tonight, and then travel to Emmetsburg Sunday for the Lakes Conference Meet.