The Cherokee Washington High boys and girls track and field teams each placed fifth at the April 22nd running of the annual Cherokee Co-ed Relays, a tidy track and field meet featuring eight schools in each division - one for each lane.
Orange City Unity Christian won the boys team title with 117 points, followed by Storm Lake 95, Le Mars 68, MOC-Floyd Valley 66, Cherokee 60, Hull Western Christian 60, Spencer 53, and Sheldon 39.
The Braves racked up a first and three seconds on the way to their point total, with Kyle Schuett claiming the blue ribbon prize with a winning 10.86 clocking in the 100 meters.
Matt Koch was second for the Braves in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.79, and Dan Bieber was second in the 800 meters in a time of 57.75. Koch also was third in the high jump with a leap of 5-8, and Schuett was third in the 200 meters in 23.09. Drew Lugar was third in the 110 hurdles in 15.91.
Cherokee also was second in the 4x400 relay, with Philip Bieber, Lugar, Dan Bieber, and Luke Pearson clocked in 3:40.49.
The Braves' 4x100 relay was third in 46.03, with Schuett, Lugar, Ítephen Veit, and Koch aboard. The 4x800 relay placed fifth in 8:39.78, with Pearson, Dan Bieber, Philip Bieber, and Zack Mosback aboard.
In girls action fo Cherokee, Lynn Carlson won the shot put with a heave of 39-10 1/2, and also placed sixth in the discus with a 99-2 effort.
Alison Husman was second in the long jump with a leap of 15-11 1/2, second in the 400 meters in a time of 1:02.4, and fourth in the 200 meters in a time of 28.1.
Erica Nicholson won the 1500 meters in 5:22.3, and placed second in the 3000 meters with a 12:04.3 clocking for a superb effort in the distance events.
Alanna Valentine finished fourth in the 400 hurdles in a season's-best time of 1:11.9, Kelsie Peterson was fifth in the discus with a 101-5 throw, and Liz Dawson was fifth in the high jump with a 4-6 effort. Lauren Husman was sixth in the 100 meters in 13.9.
The 4x400 relay of Kelsey Essick, Valentine, Lauren Husman, and Alison Husman was fifth in 4:23.2; and the 4x200 relay of Essick, Sarah Ruehle, Dawson, and Valentine was sixth in 1:57.7.
"It ws a solid meet for us," said coach Neil Phipps. "We want to continue to improve our conditioning. It will help if we can get a full week on the track for meets and practice."