Cheney girls prove to be the little team that did

Blackhawks earn third-place team finish at state 2A


John McCallum

Janessa Day stays just ahead of Renton’s Savannah Smith during 2A state track and field preliminaries of the 400-meter run Friday afternoon at Mt. Tahoma High School in Lakewood. The senior reached the finals in the event Saturday, placing second just ahead of Smith to help Cheney to a third-place girls’ team trophy.

Cheney girls track and field head coach Tom Stralser knew at the beginning of the season that the Blackhawks were going to be a good, big-meet team. Turns out he was right.

With just seven athletes the Blackhawks ran, jumped and threw their way to a third place team finish in the 2A classification at last weekend’s 2A, 3A, 4A track and field state championships at Lakewood’s Mt. Tahoma High School. While individual state titles proved elusive, Cheney did come home with three seconds, a third, a fourth, a fifth and two sixth place finishes in nine events.

“Second by half a point,” St...

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