The Cherokee Washington High girls cross country team has been steadily improving all season and ran in Tuesday's Cherokee Invitational. Varsity team members, left to right, are Tasha Larsen, Chyenne Mortenson, Katy Hart, Hanna Bennigsdorf, Sydney Hart, Breeana DeVos, Danni Roethler. Photo by Mike Leckband
Orange City Unity Christian won the girls division of the annual Cherokee Cross Country Invitational run Tuesday on the scenic Cherokee Mental Health Institute course under warm, sunny conditions.
The Knights scored 48 points to win the girls title, followed by MOC-Floyd Valley 59, Le Mars 88, Hull Western Christian 101, Sioux Center 125, Spirit Lake 167, Sheldon 171, Okoboji 232, Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove 240, Cherokee 282, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 298, Storm Lake 299.
Cherokee did not field enough runners to count in the boys division team standings, with Storm Lake winning the team crown with 53 points, followed by MOC-FV 60, Unity Christian 89, Spirit Lake 91, Okoboji 148, MVAO 185, Sioux Center 191, Le Mars 216, HWC 223, OABCIG 249, Sheldon 282.
Cherokee's dependable Paul Fuhrman has been a mainstay for many years as the starter for the Cherokee Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Mike Leckband
Hanna Bennigsdorf paced the Cherokee girls, placing 37th in a time of 18:41, followed by Chyenne Mortenson 54th in 19:57, Breeana DeVos 59th in 20:40, Danni Roethler 63rd in 21:01, Tasha Larsen 69th in 22:53, Sydney Hart 70th in 22:54, and Katy Hart 74th in 23:38.
In the boys competition, Jaden Lux led the Braves with a 34th finish in 18:54, while Andy Pitts was 69th in 21:11, and Theo Neulinger 77th in 23:46.
In JV girls action for Cherokee, Abby Hayes was 68th in 27:48.
Cherokee's lead varsity runner Hanna Bennigsdorf runs in the middle of a pack of runners during Tuesday's Cherokee Cross Country Invitational at the Cherokee Mental health Institute course. Photo by Mike Leckband
In boys Middle School competition, Max DeVos was fourth in 13:28, and Cole Vietor clocked 17:04, no placing submitted. In girls Middle School, Bailey Gaydo was second in 15:03, and Abby Plum timed a 17:25, no placing submitted.
"It was a great night to run, but a little too hot," noted Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren. "I never thought I'd be saying that about a cross country meet in October!
"With the confernce next week and Districts the following week at Orange City as our remaining meets, the runners are running well at the end of the season and still working on improvements."
The Lakes Conference Meet will be held at Brooks Golf Course in Spirit Lake.