SHELDON - The Cherokee Washington High girls track and field team placed fifth at the April 14th Sheldon Relays, crowning two champions in the process in long jumper Alison Husman, who leaped 16-5 to win that event, and Erica Nicholson, who clocked a gritty 5:28.5 to win the 1500 meters.
Cherokee also racked up two second-place finishes, with Lynn Carlson throwing the shot put 39-3, and the WHS 4x800 relay timed in 10:47.89. Running that grueling race for Cherokee were Nicholson, Jenna Walsh, Alison Husman, and Alanna Valentine. That foursome just missed out on first place, which was clocked at 10:47.12.
Deep and talented Storm Lake won the team title with 139 points, followed by Spencer 108, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 87, Sheldon 78, Cherokee 62, MOC-Floyd Valley 59, Le Mars 49.
Liz Dawson claimed a third-place finish for Cherokee with a 4-6 high jump, and Valentine was third in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:15.91.
Fourths for the WHS gals went to the sprint medley relay team of Kelsey Essick, Sarah Ruehle, Lauren Husman, and Alison Husman timed in 2:02.3; and the 4x100 relay of Essick, Valentine, Lauren Husman, and Alison Husman timed in 55.58.
Cherokee's 4x200 relay of Essick, Ruehle, dawson, and Lauren Husman was fifth in 2:03.27; Walsh placed fifth in the 800 meters in 2:47.8; and Carlson was sixth in the discus with a toss of 93-5.
"The lack of numbers limits us, but the girls competed and performed pretty well," said Cherokee coach Neil Phipps. "We placed in all the field events on a cold night.
The Cherokee girls competed April 19 at the Sioux City Relays, and then co-hosted the annual Cherokee Co-ed Relays April 22 at George Hicks Field.