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Braves place second in Tomahawk Relays

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cherokee distance ace Nate O'Bryan, right, stays focused on South O'Brien runners Cole Pleggenkuhl, left, and Reese Powers during the 1A/2A combined 3200 meters at Tuesday's Cherokee Tomahawk Relays. Pleggenkuhl won the 1A title, and O'Bryan the 2A. Photo by Paul Struck
Heelan wins 2A title; Emmetsburg wins 1A

Sioux City Heelan won the Class 2A team title over runner-up Cherokee at Tuesday's Tomahawk Relays, totaling 139 points to Cherokee's 126.

Spencer was third with 113 points, followed by Sioux City North 68, and Sioux City West 66.

Emmetsburg won the Class 1A team crown with 139 points, followed by Sioux Central 118, South O'Brien 108, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 96, and Alta 85.

The host Braves claimed six first-place finishes with Kyle Schuck accounting for two of those after winning the high jump with a 5-8 leap, and winning the 110 hurdles in 16.81. Schuck also ran on the Braves victorious shuttle hurdle relay to figure in on three blue-ribbon finishes. He was accompanied by Luke Pearson, Nolan Sampson, and Alanzo Ruble timed in 1:07.

Cherokee's Sam Hinkhouse, left, stretches to the tape during his heat of the 100 meters at Tuesday's Cherokee Tomahawk Relays. The Braves placed second to winner Sioux City Heelan for the 2A team title. Photo by Paul Struck
Also winning firsts for Cherokee were Dan Bieber with a 52.83 clocking in the 400 meters, Nate O'Bryan's 11:00.06 time in the 3200 meters, and Pearson's 1:01.65 time in the 400 hurdles.

O'Bryan was fourth in the 1600 meters in a time of 5:12.34, and placed fifth in the 800 meters in 2:25.11.

Other top six finishers for the Braves were Keaton Tuttle third in the discus with a 120-13 effort, and fourth in the shot put with a 43-3 throw; Brock Dagel's fifth-place finish in the shot put with a 41-1 heave, and fifth place in the discus with a 109-8 throw; Sampson's second place in the 110 hurdles in 18.43, and third place in the high jump with a 5-6 leap; and Tony Hunt's fifth place in the 100 meters in 12.30.

South O'Brien's Jarod Syndergaard loosens up while teammate Adam Paulsen mans the starting blocks at Tuesday's Cherokee Tomahawk Relays.Photo by Paul Struck
In the relays, Cherokee was second in the 4x800 in a time of 8:48.01, third in the 4x400 in 3:47.73, third in the 4x100 in 49.30, fourth in the 4x200 in 1:42.73, and fourth in the medley in 4:11.09.

Dan Bieber, Luke Pearson, Zach Mosbach, and Jakob Hummel ran the 4x800 and 4x400; Tony Hunt, Scott Long, Sampson, and Schuck were aboard the 4x100; Alanzo Ruble, Hunt, Mosbach, and Hummel ran the 4x200; and Hunt, Hummel, Bieber, and Mosbach ran the medley.

In the 1A competition, South O'Brien claimed three firsts, including two by distance ace Cole Pleggenkuhl, who clocked a 10:58.21 to win the 3200 meters, and a 5:13.27 time to win the 1600 meters. The Wolverines also won the 4x100 relay in 46.33.

Cherokee's Dan Bieber leads the pack on the far turn during the 4x800 relay at Tuesday's Cherokee Tomahawk Relays.
Taylor Schroeder had two seconds for South O'Brien, including a 19-6.75 long jump, and 23.95b time in the 200 meters. Adam Paulsen was second in the 800 meters in 2:17.33, Reese Powers third in the 3200 meters in 12:02.03, and Jarod Syndergaard fourth in the 400 meters in 54.61.

The Wolverines also placed second in three relays, with a 9:33.90 time in the 4x800, a 1:39.29 time in the 4x200, and a 4:11.18 time in the medley.

Alta's Mike Husman was the 1A 100 meters in 11.01, the 200 meters in 23.20, and was third in the 400 meters in 54.61.

Cherokee competed with a partial squad to sacrifice several team points, with senior leaders Kyle Schuett (sprints) and Matt Koch (high jump/hurdles/long jump) out with injuries, and junior Philip Bieber (middle distance) out with illness. Schuett is the defending Iowa State Champion in the 2A 100 meters.

The Braves compete in the Le Mars Invitational Monday night in Le Mars, and South O'Brien participates in the Spirit Lake Invitational Tuesday night in Spirit Lake.

Nolan Sampson of Cherokee easily clears the bar during the high jump competition at Tuesday's Tomahawk Relays in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The girls portion of the 2009 Tomahawk Relays on Monday was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The 2009 Tomahawk Relays Honorary Referee, beloved super fan Kenny Bern, fielded several calls from the rich and famous following his introduction to the crowd at Tuesday's Tomahawk Relays here.

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