The Cherokee Middle School 8th-grade girls track and field team notched four first-place finishes in recent meets, two by the talented distance medley relay. and two in the 800 meters.
The distance medley relay won the Le Mars Invitational first place with Katie Bice, Megan Hummel, Yesenia Castro, and Megan Carlson timed in 5:06; and that same foursome won the Big Five first place in 4:57.
In addition, Carlson won the 800 meters in both meets, timed in 2:49 at Le Mars, and in 2:43 at the Big Five Meet.
Cherokee seconds at Le Mars included Carlson's 75-3 discus throw; and the 4x400 relay of Bice, Carlson, Castro, and Hummel clocked in 5:03. Shelby Bush was third in the discus with a throw of 66-7, Bice fourth in the 400 meters in 1:14, and Bush fifth in the shot put with a 25-3 effort.
"It was cold and windy and the girls ran well considering the weather," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel.
Earning seconds at the Big Five were Castro's 2:49 time in the 800 meters; and the 4x400 relay timed in 4:59 with Bice, Carlson, Castro, and Hummel aboard. Carlson was third in the discus with a 70-2 throw.
Bice was fourth in the 400 meters in 1:14; Paige Reinert fifth in the 400 meters in 1:16, fifth in the 200 meters in 33.07, and fifth in the 100 meters in 15.26; and the 4x100 relay of Emily Cosgrove, Cassandra Fullerton, Bush, and Leah Peterson was fifth in 1:09.
"The girls finished the year strong," said coach Hummel. "Considering the low numbers we have this year, the girls performed great. They were a fun group to coach who were willing to do anything I asked of them."