STORM LAKE - The young Cherokee Washington High girls track and field squad managed a first and two third-place finishes at the annual Storm Lake Tornado Relays here Monday night.
Cherokee senior thrower Taylor Woods remained undefeated in area meets this season by winning the shot put event with a 38-2 effort. Woods also was third in the discus with a throw of 114-8.
The WHS 4x800 relay team of Mikki Hinkhouse, Danni Roethler, Annalise Engelke, and Breeana DeVos was third in a time of 12:34.
Cherokee's 4x200 relay posted a season best time of 1:56 to place fourth in the rugged competition, featuring Katy Hart, Emily Haselhoff, Sara Ramirez, and Brookelyn Hoeppner.
Hart was fifth in the long jump with a 14-11 leap, Ariana Smith was sixth in the shot put with a personal best 32-9 1/2, Ramirez sixth in the high jump with a 4-8 effort, and Hinkhouse sixth in the 400 meter hurdles in a personal best 1:23.
The Cherokee shuttle hurdle relay placed fifth with Jordan Weaver, Hinkhouse, Courtney Johnson, and Brianna Nixon clocking 1:23; the sprint medley relay also was fifth with Hart, Ramirez, Haselhoff, and Erin Kelley timed in a season best 2:07; and the 4x400 relay was fifth in 5:06 with Roethler, Haselhoff, Hanna Henson, and Kelley aboard.
Also placing sixth for WHS was the distance medley relay of Sydney Hart, Jasey Stowater, Henson, and Kelley timed in 5:11; and the 4x100 relay of Katy Hart, Roethler, Johnson, and Stowater clocked in a season best 56.71..
Deep and talented MOC-Floyd Valley won the girls team title with 164 points, followed by Spencer 153, Le Mars 135, Carroll Kuemper 46, Storm Lake 45, and Cherokee 37.
"Our field events were strong, placing in all four events," noted Cherokee coach Jolene Hultgren. "It's great to see the relay teams starting to come together and for the girls to be getting their personal bests at this time of the season. That's what we've been working for all season."