The Cherokee Middle School 8th grade boys and girls competed in the Little Tomahawk Relays at Washington High School on Monday, and the young Braves totaled 54 points to place fifth in the Boys' team standings.
Two members of Coach Mike Nixon's Cherokee squad captured first place finishes, including double winner Marc Husman, who won the 400 meter run with a time of 56.69, and the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.75. Husman also captured two second place finishes, jumping 16-7 1/2 in the long jump and running the 200 meters in 25.24.
Matt Aguirre won the shot put, with a personal best throw of 43-1.
Third place finishes by Cherokee athletes included Zac Taylor in the 7-flight hurdles (13.30) and the 1600 meter medley relay team of Francis VanRoekel, Lane Peterson, Kyle Comstock, and Ben Welby, who ran their event in a time of 4:42.
The following young Braves earned 4th place finishes: Jaden Lux, 1600 meter run (6:07); shuttle hurdle relay (Connor Ogren, Jordan Taylor, Brennan Prentice and Zac Taylor), 58.31; 4 x 800 relay (Jeff Wiemold, Jaden Lux, Ben Sampson and Andrew Freese), 10:57; and the 4 x 800 meter medley relay (Jeff Wiemold, Eric Wile, Andrew Freese and Ben Welby), 2:03.
The boys' next competition will be Friday at the Bullpup Relays in LeMars.
Julie Hummel's girls team had a couple of members sick and one injured, but ran well, considering they had just eight girls competing.
"Track is such a numbers sport," said Coach Hummel. "If you can fill all of the events, the team can score points."
The Cherokee gals did capture two first places in Monday's meet, with Megan Carlson taking the 800 meter run with a time of 2:40, and the distance medley team of Megan Hummel, Yesenia Castro, Katie Bice and Carlson winning in 4:57.73. The 4 x 400 relay team of Bice, Hummel, Carlson and Castro took second place, with a time of 4:54.41.
Yesenia Castro earned a third place in the 800 with a time of 2:50.15, and Paige Reinert placed third in both the 100 (15.37) and 200 (31.03) meter dashes. Katie Bice placed fourth in the 400 meters with her time of 1:16.81, and Shelby Bush took fifth in the shot put, with a toss of 23-3.
"Our girls run hard and continue to get better every meet," said Coach Hummel. "We work on our individual and our team goals each meet. They are really a fun group to coach."