HULL - Hampered by injuries to several key performers, the Cherokee Washington High track and field squads competed valiantly at the Lakes Conference Co-ed Relays,held here on Monday night.
Host Hull Western Christian won the boys competition with 142 points, followed by Storm Lake 93, Spirit Lake Park 89, Le Mars 62, Sheldon 51, Emmetsburg 47, Spencer 37, Estherville-LC 23, and Cherokee 14.
Spirit Lake Park won the girls team title with 143 points, followed by Storm Lake 86, Spencer 82, Emmetsburg 71, Le Mars 59, HWC 54, Sheldon 43, E-LC 35, and Cherokee 17.
The Braves notched two fourth-place finishes as their high-water mark this year in the Lakes Meet, with Dan Bieber the man, finishing fourth in the 200 meters in 23.27, and fourth in the 400 meters in 52.11.
Keaton Tuttle was fifth in the discus with a throw of 128-07, and Nate O'Bryan was fifth in the 3200 meters in a time of 11:03. O'Bryan was sixth in the 1600 meters in 5:17.
Cherokee's 4x800 relay placed sixth in a time of 9:06, with Luke Pearson, Jakob Hummel, Zach Mosbach, and Tyler McLaughlin aboard.
For the WHS girls, Lynn Carlson won the shot put title for the third consecutive year with a throw of 36-11 3/4. Still recovering from early season injuries, Carlson also was third in the discus with a season-best 114-2.
Cherokee's 4x100 relay of Sarah Ruehle, Katie Sambrano-Keith, Katy Hart, and Lauren Husman was sixth in a time of 55.93.
"The 4x100 relay team had its best time of the season, so it was nice to be able to get some personal bests at this meet," said Cherokee first-year coach Jolene Hultgren. "It was also great to use this meet as a tune-up for Districts later this week where the state qualifiers will be determined. We will be hosting the District Meet so the girls are looking forward to competing on our home track."