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Knights, Indians win Cherokee XC

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Members of the Cherokee Braves cross country team running in Tuesday's Cherokee Invitational at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute Course were, front row, left to right, Cody Sump, Conner Ogren. Back, Austin Winchell, Jaden Lux, John Bieber, Dan Rodgers. Photo by Paul Struck
The Orange City Unity Christian boys and the Spirit Lake Park girls won their respective divisions at Cherokee's annual Cross Country Invitational Tuesday run on the scenic Cherokee Mental Health Institute course in bitter cold, windy, and damp weather conditions.

The Knights copped the boys team title with 68 points, followed by Spirit Lake Park 76, Le Mars 79, Hull Western Christian 80, MOC-Floyd Valley 139, Storm Lake 143, Okoboji 186, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 192, Sheldon 217, Sioux Center 271, and Cherokee 322.

The SLP Indians won the gorls team crown with 36 points, followed by Unity Christian 42, HWC 99, Le Mars 126, Sioux Center 135, Sheldon 172, Okoboji 196, Storm Lake 266, and Cherokee 279.

Members of the Cherokee Washington High girls cross country team running in Tuesday's Cherokee Invitational at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute course were, left to right, Katy Hart, Stephanie Aguillar, Amanda Lewis, Abby Hayes, Chyenne Mortenson, Amanda Kohn. Photo by Paul Struck
Paul Yak of Storm Lake won the boys title in a time of 16:27, while Unity Christian's Kayla Byl won the girls race in 16:30.

For Cherokee's girls, Chyenne Mortenson led way with a 47th-place finish in 19:30, followed by Katy Hart 49th in 19:50, Stephanie Aguillar 63rd in 23:14, Amanda Lewis 74th in 24:21, and Abby Hayes 65th in 24:32.

Kody Sump led the Cherokee boys, placing 59th in 20:30, followed by Austin Winchell 62nd in 20:54, Jaden Lux 63rd in 21:20, John Bieber 68th in 21:55, Conner Ogren 70th in 25:41, and Dan Rodgers 71st in 25:45.

"The runners gave an all-out effort in spite of the tough running conditions - cold, windy, and rainy!" said Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren. "It's hard to compare times in nights like this, but the kids are running better and are encouraging and pushing each other to do their best.

"All the runners continue to improve as we head to our final two meets - the Lakes Conference at Le Mars, and the Districts at Sheldon. Earlier in the season, we had meets at both of those courses and our goal will be to get improved times over the earlier meets as we finish out the season."

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