The depleted Cherokee track and field teams qualified three performers to the 2009 Iowa State Co-ed Track & Field Championships Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines, following Class 2A Districts in Cherokee Friday night.
The Braves defending 2A champion in the 100 meters, Kyle Schuett, placed second at Friday's Dostricts here to earn a state berth in his specialty, despite missing most of the season due to a leg injury that still troubles him.
The Braves Keaton Tuttle also earned a state berth in the discus with a third-place throw of 127-03.
Cherokee's Lynn Carlson won the 2A District shot put in the girls competition to make state, with a 38-2 1/2 effort.
Fifth-place finishes for the Braves included Cody Stowater's 44-10 1/4 shot put; the medley relay of Kyle Schuck, Matt Koch, Philip Bieber, and Luke Pearson timed in 3:53.07; and the 4x800 relay of Pearson, Dan Bieber, Philip Bieber, and Jakob Hummel timed in 8:21.
A sixth-place finish went to Schuck's 15.68 clocking in the 110 hurdles.
The Cherokee girls managed three fifth-place finishes, includng Sarah Ruehle's 13.46 time in the 100 meters; the 4x100 relay of Ruehle, Katy Hart, Katie Sambrano-Keith, and Lauren Husman in 55.25; and the sprint medley relay of Ruehle, Sambrano-Keith, Jenna Walsh, and Husman in a time of 2:04.
Liz Dawson was sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4-8.
"I was so proud of the girls," said Cherokee first - year coach Jolene Hultgren. "We had a district champion and personal bests in quite a few events. This was Lynn's third district championship in her four years of high school - what a great accomplishment!
"All year long the girls have continued top improve with the goal of getting their personal bests at districts. All of our place winners, and some who didn't place, achieved their personal best tonight. A coach can't ask for more than that. It was a great experience to coach these girls this season."