SHELDON - It was a disappointing day overall for the aspirations of the Cherokee Washington High girls track and field squad, as the team qualified just two events for the 2007 State Track & Field Meet beginning Thursday in Des Moines.
However, those two events, both individual, made big splashes at the Class 2A District competition here, with Lynn Carlson winning the shot put with a 40-1/4 effort, and Alison Husman claiming the long jump with a personal best 16-6 leap.
Husman's effort was yeoman as she had something blow into her eye early in the meet and had to see and eye doctor for some drops before competing in her specialty. "It was not an easy victory for her," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps.
Carlson, consistently hitting 40-feet or better recently in the shot, also placed fifth in the discus with a 105-4 toss.
Other top finishes for Cherokee not making state, included Erica Nicholson's season-best 12:05.21 clocking in the 3000 meters for fourth place.
Cherokee's Kara Nelson, well-decorated distance ace and defending 3000-meter state champion, failed to qualify due to leg injury. The courageous senior tried to run but her leg did not respond and the coaches had to instruct her to stop running, fearing further injury. Nelson had qualified for state the past three years in the 3000 and 1500 meters, and had anchored the distance medley relay.
Cherokee's distance medley relay placed fifth in 4:32.72, with Kelsey Essick, Rochelle McGill, Lauren Husman, and Alison Husman aboard. The shuttle hurdle relay of Kylie Dilla, Julie Miller, Bailey English, and Alanna Valentine was sixth in 1:11.81.
Valentine ran her best race of the season in the grueling 400-meter hurdles and posted a time of 1:12.46 for fifth place.