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Blackhawks sports medicine team takes fifth in national competition


A team of 11 students from Cheney High School’s sports medicine program recently placed in the top-five in the nation in their school-size classification in the third annual American Academic Competition Institute’s (AACI) National High School Sports Medicine Championships.

According to a news release, the Blackhawks placed fifth in the Alert Services Division National Standings for school with enrollments of 8-999 students. The championships were conducted on-line May 19.

The two-hour exam consisted of 300 true/false, multiple choice and identification questions in three sections, with test proctors provided by each school. Teams consisted of 8-15 students, with the top eight scores averaged to create a team average.

Topics included first aid and CPR, emergency procedures, medical terminology, legal issues, physiology, anatomy/evaluation techniques for shoulder girdle and upper extremities along with anatomic/special test/ROM questions in areas of injury more commonly found in sports.

Cheney students individual rankings ranged from 34th to 64th in their classification. Students competing according to division ranking were Kaylie Watters (34), Katelyn Domitrovich (35), Cameron Marchand (36), Samantha Abbott (39), Jamie Bradley (45), Tristan Davenport (50), JJ Bobzien (56), Ashlyn Martin (57), Kaitlyn Nguyen (61), Noah Ziemann (62) and Adrianna Suiter (64).

Sports medicine program director Kyle Loughery said in an email over 300 schools and 3,000-plus students competed to become eligible for national competition. Top-five placers received awards in three divisions, with Wenatchee High School (winner of Cramer Division of 2,000-plus students) being crowned the overall national champion, with Issaquah High School (first in Jaybird & Mais Division, 1,000-1,999 students) third.

To be eligible for the AACI competition, schools had to place in the top 10 in their respective divisions at any regional sports medicine competition. Cheney placed fourth in its division, 26th overall at the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association spring symposium/competition in April.

Loughery also acknowledged the work of three students who helped Cheney reach the national competition, but could not take part: Danielle Meredith, Morgan Thueson and Keenan Loughery.

“Without them placing fourth at state in small school division, and 26th overall as a team this wouldn’t have been impossible,” he said.

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