LE MARS - The young Cherokee girls track and field team tallied 38 points in Tuesday's Le Mars Invitational here, with Taylor Woods leading the way for the Washington High lasses with first-place finishes in both her specialties - the shot put and discus.
Host Le Mars won the team titler with 116 points, followed by Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove 99, Hinton 99, Sioux City Heelan 89, Sioux City North 67, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 46, Cherokee 38, and Sioux City West 32.
Woods won the shot put with a 37-9 heave, and threw the discus 101-0 to win that event against the rugged competition. Her shot put effort is a personal best distance.
Cherokee sophomore Megan Carlson continued to improve in the 800 meters, placing second in a time of 2:35.
Katy Hart placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15-2, and Hanna Benningsdorf was fifth in the 3000 meters in a time of 13:16. Nicole Morgan was sixth in the 100 hurdles in 18.33.
THree Cherokee relay teams notched sixth-place finishes, with the distance medley team of Hart, Megan Hummel, Krista Nicholaisen, and Danni Roethler clocked in 5:08; the 4x200 relay unit of Katie Bice, Maddy Kelley, Abby Lubeck, and Paige Reinert timed in 2:10; and the spring medley relay team of Hart, Morgan, Hummel, and Roethler timed in 2:05.
In JV competition, Arianna Smith was first in the shot put with a 27-11 throw, and Karissa Briggs was second in the shot put with a 25-2 effort. Smith also was sixth in the discus with a 70-4 throw.
"All the girls have seen an improvement in their times and field events - that is a goal of ours - to improve each and every time by being competitive," said Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren.
The Cherokee girls host the Tomahawk Relays tonight, with action beginning at 5 p.m.