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By John McCallum

Blackhawks compete at Ezra Gordon, host North Central


Contributed photo from Colville Statesman Examiner

Cheney high jumper Kayla Lemelin in action at the Ezra Gordon Invitational track meet last Saturday at Colville.

Cheney High's boys' and girls' track and field squads have kicked things into a bit higher gear, traveling to Colville last Saturday for the Ezra Gordon Invitational, followed by hosting Spokane's North Central High School this past Monday in a meet rescheduled from March 27.

In Colville the Blackhawk girls placed second out of 23 teams with 64 points, 29.5 points behind meet champion Lakeside. Cheney's boys finished in a three-way tie with Tonasket and Chewelah for 14th out of 22, 15.5 points.

Senior Johanna Sherman captured the only first place finish for either Cheney squad, winning the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.13 seconds, 35/100ths of a second ahead of Lakeside's Katie Collins. Finishing in the top three for the girls were Courtney Schwendiman, third in the 200 at 28.10, and Jamie Bradley, third in the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches.

The girls 4x100 relay team of Kendyl Cone, Savannah Hyde, KD Skillingstad and Schwendiman placed second in 54.07, edged at the wire by the team from Lind-Ritzville by 3/100ths of a second. The 4x200 team of Cone, Kristi McGourin, Hyde and Schwendiman was fourth in 1:56.30.

Other top-10 finishes for the Cheney girls were Cone (sixth, 100), McGourin (sixth, 400), Abby Hammermeister (seventh, 800), Shannen Gladden (eighth, 800), Alexis Schmidt (fifth, 3,200), Mattie McNair (sixth, 3,200), Sherman (eighth, 100 hurdles), Sasha Johnson (sixth, discus), Hailey Ottosen (seventh, discus), Kayla Lemelin (T-4, high jump), Brittany Meyer (T-9, pole vault) and Skillingstad (10th, long jump; fifth triple jump).

Steaven Zachman led the Blackhawk boys; placing third in the mile run in 4:40.70. Other top-10 finishes were Sam Schreiber (ninth, 110 hurdles; 10th, 300 hurdles), Austin Maddox (ninth, 300 hurdles), Brett Wyborney (sixth, shot put) and Gaige Felix (seventh, long jump; fifth, triple jump).

Both Cheney teams notched wins in Monday's home duel with NC, the girls 97.16-19.83 and the boys 52.5-45.5.

First-place finishes for the boys were Caleb Deshazo (100, 11.10), Drake Johnson (400, 57.10), Jackson Spencer (110 and 300 hurdles, 19.00 and 47.20), Wyborney (shot put, 41-00; discus, 117-06) and Tom Littau (pole vault, 10-06). First-place finishes for the girls were Cone (100, 13.50), McGourin (200, 29.20), Sherman (300, 51.80), Hannah Brown (shot put, 29-02), Johnson (discus, 88-09), Kinsey Pease (javelin, 118-00), Lemelin (4-08), Bradley (pole vault, 9-06), Gladden (long jump, 13-01) and Skillingstad (triple jump, 33-05.25).

Cheney has no meets over the upcoming spring break. The Blackhawks return to action Thursday, April 17; traveling to Pullman to face the Greyhounds in the first Great Northern League dual meet of the season.

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