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WHS XC teams run at Lakes meet

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cherokee's Chyenne Mortenson is one of her team's leading cross country runners. Photo contributed
SPENCER - The Cherokee Washington High girls cross country squad finished sixth out of eight teams, and the Cherokee boys did not field enough runners to qualify for the team scoring at Tuesday's Lakes Conference Cross Country Meet here.

"We ended our regular season with a great conference meet," noted Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren. "We went back to a course we had run earlier in the season, so it was a good test to see how much improvement we have gotten over these last few weeks."

Hanna Bennigsdorf led the Cherokee girls, placing 34th in 18:50, followed by Chyenne Mortenson 36th in 19:12, Danni Roethler 39th in 19:41, Katy Hart 40th in 19:45, Madison Book 43rd in 19:58, Tasha Larsen 48th in 21:53, and Stephanie Aguilar 49th in 21:58.

Cherokee's Eamon Adamson eyes the course and competitors ahead during recent cross country action. Adamson has led the WHS boys all season. Photo contributed
Mortenson, Hart, Book, and Larsen each knocked minutes off their times from the early-season meet run here.

Four boys ran for Cherokee, with Eamon Adamson leading the way with his 29th place finish in 18:51, followed by Jaden Lux 39th in 19:55, Andy Pitts 45th in a time of 22:33, and Conner Ogren 47th in a time of 27:18.

Adamson, Lux, and Ogren each posted improved times over the previous run here.

Cherokee's Hanna Bennigsdorf, right, and Danni Roethler sandwich a Storm Lake runner during recent cross country action. Bennigsdorf has led the Cherokee girls to the finish line much of the season. Photo contributed
In JV girls racing, Amber Lundquist was 26th in 23:12, and Abby Hayes was 30th in 26:58. Lundquist knocked nearly four minutes off her time from the early-season race here.

"For the varsity girls, they all improved their previous times, with Katy Hart having the biggest improvement of almost 3 1/2 minutes," said coach Hultgren. "The Varsity boys had improvements ranging from one to two minutes.

"The kids have come to practice with the desire to get better. We knew we wouldn't win any meets, but if we could show that we were getting better each and every time out, then we would be successful. Hopefully, the kids have come away from this season with that sense of accomplishment."

Jaden Lux of Cherokee stays focused while leading a contingent of runners during recent cross country action. Photo contributed

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