LE MARS - The Cherokee and South O'Brien girls sqauds were among those competing in the Le Mars Track & Field Invitational here Tuesday night.
Taylor Woods led Cherokee with a first-place finish in the shot put with a 32-5 effort. Liz Dawson was second in the high jump with a 4-8 leap, and Clare Tuttle was third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.98.
Other Cherokee finishes included Woods fifth in the discus with a 73-1 throw, and the sprint medley relay team of Tuttle, Dawson, Lauren Husman, and Jenna Walsh placing sixth in 2:09.20.
"We were a depleted squad due to injuries and illness, but the girls who competed did an awesome job," noted first-year Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren.
"The girls were very competitive in their events, with freshman Taylor Woods winning the shot put with a personal best throw. Liz Dawson continues to improve in the high jump, and Clare Tuttle ran a great 100-meter hurdle race.
"We had to rearrange the relay teams, but we had some great splits turned in by Lauren Husman and Jenna Walsh. It was a great effort by the girls as they opened track season and continued to improve their times and performances."
Individual place winners for South O'Brien included Erin Brasser fourth in the long jump with a 13-11 effort, Casie Rehder fourth in the high jump with a 4-4 leap, Kaitlin Thiele fourth in the 400 meters in 1:15.17, Katie Tesch fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.26, Miranda Kelleher third in the 400 hurdles in 1:16.30, Rehder fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:17.65, and Diana Quinonez third in the 1500 meters in 5:31.37.
SOS was fourth in the 4x800 relay in 11:54.20, the distance medley relay in 4:51.61, and the 4x400 relay in 4:35.47; fifth in the shuttle hurdle relay in 2:07.17; and sixth in the 4x200 in 2:06.25, and the 4x100 in 1:00.06.
Hinton won the meet with 113 points, followed by Le Mars 104, Battle Creek-Ida grove 94, Sioux City Heelan 84, Sioux City North 68, Sioux City West 51, South O'Brien 43, and Cherokee 26.
Cherokee's girls compete in the Orange City Unity Christian Inviational Monday, and South O'Brien travels to the Spirit Lake Invitational on Tuesday.