Cherokee’s cross country teams were among 10 total teams at a meet held at Hayesville on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Braves placed 5th overall with 141 points.
Gerald Mahan led the boys with a time of 18:47.b for a 12th place finish. He was followed by Brock Powell, 20:35.6, 30th; Isiah Davis, 21:41.8, 42nd; Ethan Swearengin 23:41.1, 51st; and Gabe Crow, 27:16.8, 60th.
Kendall Toineeta led the girls with a time of 21:49.8 for a 6th place finish. She was followed by Lydia Lossiah, 23:09.2, 15th; and Alexis Maney 32:16.1.
“I am very proud of each member of the Cherokee cross country team,” said coach Eddie Swimmer. “These athletes are very special to me. In every workout and race, they have proven themselves to be the stuff that champions are made of – heart and soul. Four of the six boys on the varsity team are freshmen (Gerald Mahan is a senior and E.J. Carroll is a junior). With that being said, this boys varsity team has held their own with other older teams, and the future looks bright for them.”
As for our Lady Braves, these four outstanding ladies have proven to others that when they stand at the starting line, they have come to race,” said Swimmer. “Again, competing with top teams who are older, they have ran and proven themselves to be among the top. Kendall Toineeta is a sophomore, Jordyn Thompson and Alexis Maney are seniors and Lydia Lossiah is a freshman.”
Cherokee Highs School is playing host again this year to the Smoky Mountain Conference Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The boys will start at 4pm and the girls will start at 4:30pm.
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