ROBBINSVILLE – The Cherokee girls cross country team won its second in a row by besting runners from six other schools at a meet in Robbinsville on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Cherokee won the meet with a score of 36 followed by Hayesville with 61. Those were the only two schools with enough runners to post a team score.
Freshman sensation Kendall Toineeta won the meet, her third first place finish of the season, with a time of 20:13. She was followed by Amber Long, Robbinsville, 21:31; Katie Bowden, 21:44; and Avery Mintz, Cherokee, 22:00.
Other Lady Braves competing included: Jordyn Thompson, 8th, 22:37; Shayna Ledford, 9th, 22:46; Alea Tisho, 14th, 25:57; Alexis Maney, 18th, 27:16; Miranda Smith, 19th, 27:17; Bradley Welch, 23rd, 28:40; Deija Burgess, 24th, 29:19; and Ashlee Smith, 26th, 30:21.
On the boy’s side, Robbinsville took the team victory with a score of 33. They were followed by Hayesville 35, Swain 70, Andrews 175 and Hiwassee Dam 196.
Taking first place in the meet was Dylan Johnson, Hayesville, with a time of 16:02. He was followed by Frank Cline, Robbinsville, 17:03; Robert Vinson, Hayesville, 17:31; and Irvin Portugal, Robbinsville, 17:49.
Cherokee had two runners in the field including E.J. Carroll who took 15th place with a time of 20:49 and Levi Swearengin who placed 20th with a time of 21:16.
Middle School teams
Swain Middle School boys took first place in the middle school division with a score of 53. They were followed by Hiwassee Dam 64, Robbinsville Middle 72, Hayesville Middle 75 and Cherokee Middle 84.
Kurt McClure, Hayesville, won the meet with a time of 12:27. He was followed by Adam Urbaniuk, Hayesville, 13:06; Phineas Little, Swain, 13:34; and Brock Powell, Cherokee, 13:35.
Other Cherokee Middle runners included: Shoderick Wolfe, 8th, 14:09; Isiah Davis, 16th, 15:01; Gabe Crowe, 27th, 16:43; and Ethan Swearengin, 29th, 16:57.
The Robbinsville Middle School girl’s team won first in their division with a score of 22. They were followed by Swain Middle 68, Hayesivlle Middle 69 and Hiwassee Dam 93.
Shawnda Martin, Robbinsville, took first with a time of 13:21. She was followed by Katie Estep, Hiwassee Dam, 14:46; Madie Dockery, Robbinsville, 15:16; and Sarah Loafman, Robbinsville, 15:20.
Devona Reed, Cherokee, took 6th place with a time of 15:40. Her teammate, Danika Sequoyah, took 22nd place with a time of 18:29.
– One Feather staff report by Scott McKie B.P.
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