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Brown, Clark set new CHS track marks


The Cheney girls’ track and field team experienced an historic moment last Thursday as a pair of school records were set – Chae Brown in the triple jump at 37 feet, 7 inches and Erin Clark in the pole vault at 11-06.

That was on the shiny side of the dual meet coin with visiting East Valley and Deer Park. On the other side, the Blackhawk girls suffered their first Great Northern League dual meet loss in five years, losing 85-65 to the Knights, but easily out pointing the Stags, 97-53.

“The girls competed well, and East Valley is an outstanding team,” head coach Tom Stralser said. “They have some outstanding seconds and thirds.”

Janessa Day won the 200 and 400-meter dashes while Sanne Holland captured the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, with Mattie McNair fourth in the 3,200 and Mariah Brenton fourth in the 1,600. Brenton turned around almost immediately after finishing the 1,600 to finish tied for third with Deer Park’s Cassidy Krahn in the 800 in a season best 2:39.40.

Kendall Dunn won the 300 hurdles, Johanna Sherman third, and was third in the 100 hurdles. Cheney captured two of three relays, winning the 4x200 in 1:48.60 and the 4x400 in 4:14.30, finishing third in the 4x100.

In the field, Brown added a first place in the high jump to go with her triple jump win, Molly Mueller fourth. Kinsey Pease had a season record 116-01 to win the javelin, Kendall Dunn third, while Courtney Schwendiman and Zania Stewart went 3-4 in the triple jump and Marissa Hunley was fourth in the discus.

Clark’s mark in the pole vault is the second best in the state in the 2A classification this season, with Brown’s triple jump mark third. Stralser said their achievements now bring the number to nine girls currently on the Blackhawks’ team who either own or share a school record.

“This is a special group of our top notch girls,” he added.

Saturday the girls finished sixth out of 18 teams at the 50th annual Mooberry Relays. Cheney scored 40 points, 35 behind meet champion East Valley.

Holland and Dunn had the only first places finishes for the Blackhawks, Dunn in the 300 hurdles in a season best 45.88 and Holland in the mile, holding off a charge on the final backstretch by University’s Ashlie Standow. Brown was third in the 100, while the 4x200 team of Dunn, Brown, Kelsey Fillmore and Day was third and the 4x400 team of Dunn, Abby Hammermeister, Sherman and Day finished fourth.

Case tossed a season best 119-08 for third in the javelin while Brown and Clark finished second in the high jump and pole vault. Brown was fourth in the triple jump at 34-01 but only jumped once, being taken out with hamstring concerns, Stralser said.

Cheney is 2-1 in league dual meet action, traveling north Wednesday to take on Colville and West Valley in Colville. Cheney also takes part in the Riverside Invitational Saturday.

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