The Cherokee Middle School 7th-grade boys ended their track and field season with a third-place finish in the Big FIve at Sheldon last week.
The 7th graders also fared well in recent track and field meets in Le Mars and at the Little Tomahawk in Cherokee, also placing third in those meets.
The Little Braves notched five firsts in Le Mars, with Blake Booth winning the 800 meters in 2:30, and Carlos Aguilar winning the 1600 meters in 5:51.
Winning relays for Cherokee were the 4x800 of Booth, Agular, Luke Zieman, and Brett Walker timed in 10:31; the 1600 medley of Zieman, Andy Pitts, Jose Freed, and Kevin Farjardo timed in 4:46; and the 800 medley of Pitts, Freed, Farjardo, and Booth clocked in 2:02.
The CMS boys won four events at the Little Tomahawk, with Booth winning the 800 meters in 2:27, and Aguilar winning the 1600 meters in 5:50. They also won the 4x800 relay with Booth, Aguiar, Zieman, and Walker clocked in 10:23; and the 1600 medley with Zieman, Pitts, Freed, and Farjardo timed in 4:47.
At the Big Five meet, Cherokee won four firsts and a second. The Braves won the 4x800 relay in 10:32 with Aguilar, Booth, Walker, and Zieman aboard; won the 1600 medley with Pitts, Freed, Zieman, and Farjardo timed in 4:44; won the 800 medley with Pitts, Freed, Farjardo, and Booth timed in 2:04; and won the 4x100 with Pitts, Freed, Walker, and Farjardo clocked in 56.8.
The 4x400 relay team of Aguilar, Walker, Freed, and Zieman was second in 4:25.
"This group of boys has an excellent core group who worked hard to improve their skills during the season," said coach Keith Riley, who hopes they will stick together and continue to improve in the upcoming years.