ORANGE CITY - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls were runners-up in Class B at last week's Orange City Unity Christian Track & Field Invitational, despite missing eight girls who were away competing in the Iowa Jazz Band Championships in Des Moines.
Le Mars Gehlen was the Class B division with 87 points, followed by MMC 93, Remsen St. Mary's 93, Lawton-Bronson 87, West Sioux 82, Unity Christian JV 4.
Erica Dreckman won the 100 meters in 13.45 to remain undefeated in her specialty, and Jena Mittlestadt was second in the 100 in 13.55.
Taylor Hohbach placed third in the shot put with a 29-3 1/2 effort, and third in the discus with a 91-7 throw. Kayla Foresman was fourth in the high jump wth a 4-4 effort.
MMC won three relay races and was second in another in a show of strength.
The 4x200 relay of Mittlestadt, Rachel McDermott, Ashley Schneider, and Dreckman won in 1:52.8; the sprint medley relay of that same foursome won in 1:58.4; and the same group won the 4x100 relay in a time of 53.86.
The distance medley relay of Miki Kinjo, McDermott, Foresman, and Sarah Bird was second in 5:08.2. The 4x800 relay of Foresman, Jeri Welp, Kinjo, and Bird was third in a time of 12:51.
"It was a great effort for the team," said veteran coach Ric Collins. "If we all were there we might have beaten Gehlen."
The Cherokee Washington High girls placed in five events.
Taylor Woods placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 34-1, and was fifth in the discus with a 98-2 effort.
Shelby Bush was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 30-11, and Lauren Husman was fifth in the long jump with a 15-9 leap.
The distance medley relay team of Megan Hummel, Jackie Wilson, Husman, and Megan Carlson was fifth in a time of 4:49; and the 4x400 relay team of Wilson, Hummel, Carlson, and Husman was sixth in 4:42.77.
"This was a tough meet and we were just outmanned," said Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren of her young squad. "Even with the windy conditions, several girls had improvements over their first meet (Tomahawk Relays).
"Our main goal this season is to get improvement every time out. The girls need to get and keep that competitive attitude every time they compete in an event."
The Cherokee girls compete in the Sheldon Relays tonight.