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WHS, MMC girls compete at UC

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cherokee's Lynn Carlson is pictured throwing the shot put during track and field action last season. Recently overcoming injuries, Carlson returned to track and field for the first time this season at Monday's Orange City Unity Christian Knight Relays and promptly won the Class A shot put with a 37-5 1/2 effort. Photo by Paul Struck
ORANGE CITY - The talented Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls rang up six first-place finishes in the Class B competition to stake out an impressive third-place team finish in Monday's Orange City Unity Christian Girls Track Inviational here.

In Class A, the Cherokee Washington High girls posted one first-place finish in the rugged competiton, with Lynn Carlson returning from injury to win the shot put with a 37-5.5 effort in her first competition this spring.

Cherokee also claimed two fifth-place finishes, with Liz Dawson fifth in the high jump with a 4-4 leap, and the sprint medley relay team of Dawson, Sarah Ruehle, Clare Tuttle, and Jenna Walsh clocked in 1:58.39.

Tuttle was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.82.

"It was great to have Lynn Carlson back competing and placing first in the shot put," sid Cherokee first-year coach Jolene Hultgren. "This early season, we are still trying to find that right combination for our relay races.

"Also, as the girls compete in their events, they are continually improving from meet to meet with their times and splits."

For the MMC girls, Erica Dreckman and Ashley Schneider copped individual first-place finishes, with Dreckman winning the 100 meters in 13.38, and Schneider winning the 200 meters in 28.62.

The Eagles also won four relays, with the 4x200, sprint medley, 4x400, and 4x100 relays victorious.

Dreckman, Jena Mittlestadt, Amanda Hoefling, and Schneider ran the 4x200 in 1:52.01; Mittlestadt, Rachel McDermott, Schneider, and Dreckman were aboard the sprint medley timed in 2:00.6; Dreckman, McDermott, Carly Lehnhoff, and Hoefling ran the 4x400 in 4:41.4; and Mittlestadt, McDermott, Hoefling, and Schneider ran the 4x100 in 53.7.

The MMC JV girls also won the 4x100, with Bailee Nelson, Jalyn Doeden, Kayla Foresman, and Reagan McDaniel timed in 58.7.

Other top finishes for the Lady Eagles were Taylor Hohback third in the shot put with a 29-5.5 heave, and third in the discus with an 89-2 effort. Mittlestadt was third in the 100 meters in 13.65, and Hoefling was third in the 200 meters in 29.25.

Jackie Holmes placed fourth in the shot put with a 28-7 effort, and was fifth in the discus with an 84-9 throw. Kelsey Sears was fourth in the 800 meters in 2:49.4, and McDermott was fifth in the 400 meters in 1:09.6. Doeden also was fifth in the high jumpt with a 4-2 leap, and McDaniel sixth in the 400 meters in 1:14.0.

In the relays, the distance medley of Nelson, Doeden, Lehnhoff, and Foresman was fifth in 5:16.8; and the 4x800 was fifth in 12:06.7, with Foresman, McDaniel, Lehnhoff, and Sears aboard.

"We were missing some events, which allowed Gehlen and West Sioux to pick up some extra points," noted MMC coach Ric Collins. "We were solid in the throws and we double placed in five events. Depth is the key, and we need to have every event filled with two entries."

The Cherokee girls run at the Sheldon Relays on Monday night, while the busy MMC girls run at the Sioux Center Invitational Thursday night, the Blackhawkette Relays at Hinton Friday night, and some events at the Sioux City Relays on Saturday.

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