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WHS XC runners compete at Sheldon

Monday, September 26, 2011

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Hanna Bennigsdorf, Cherokee's leading varsity girls runner, heads a pack of runners during cross country action last week. Photo contributed
SHELDON - The Cherokee Washington High cross country runners posted several personal bests in last week's Sheldon Cross Country Invitational.

In the girls varsity division for Cherokee, Hanna Bennigsdorf led the way with a 46th-place medal finish in 17:01, followed by Chyenne Mortenson 64th in 18:11, Breana DeVos 70th in 18:54, Katy Hart 73rd in 19:15, Danni Roethler 74th in 19:21, Sydney Hart 76th in 20:43, and Tasha Larsen 77th in 21:37.

In the boys race, Cherokee's Jaden Lux finished 47th to medal in 18:05, followed by Andy Pitts 72nd in 19:23, and foreign exchange student Theodor Neulinger 87th in 22:08 in his first prep cross country race. The Cherokee boys do not field enough runners to compete for team points.

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Cherokee varsity cross country runners Breana DeVos (401), Danni Roethler (399), and Chyenne Mortenson (396) keep the pace during last week's meet at Storm Lake. Photo contributed
In the Middle School race for the Cherokee girls, Bailey Gaydo was 6th in 13:38, Abby Plum 15th in 14:30, and Hayden Graybill 42nd in 20:13.

In Middle School boys for Cherokee, Max DeVos was 12th in 12:58, and Cole Vietor 47th in 17:02.

In girls JV competition, Cherokee's Abby Hayes was 94th in 25:48.

Orange City Unity Christian won the girls varsity title with 61 points, followed by MOC-Floyd Valley 62, Le Mars 110, Hull Western Christian 117, Spencer 119, Estherville-LC 141, Spirit Lake 208, Sheldon 221, and Cherokee 327.

Storm Lake won the boys team title with 87 points, followed by Unity Christian 81, MOC-FV 101, Spirit Lake 102, West Lyon 128, Spencer 149, Trinity Christian 161, Sioux Center 196, HWC 238, Le Mars 241, Sheldon 243.

"It was a great night for times in spite of the high winds," said Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren. "Almost all of our varsity runners had personal bests and it was great to have a couple runners be able to compete in their first cross country meet. Theo Neulinger if a foreign exchange student out for cross country the first time. He ran a great race even though he was "very tired."

"Our middle school runners had another good meet with Bailey, Abby and Max placing in the top 15. It was great to have so many runners get personal bests as we head into the final meets of the season and look forward to Districts."



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