Both Woodward-Granger Hawks’ track teams made some noise at this year’s Central Decatur High School’s Coed Invitational.

On Monday, W-G’s boys team out performed all five of their competitors tallying a combined 206 points and earning first place.

The Hawks’ girls also could say they had an impactful afternoon on the track with 102 team points to finish second overall.

For the boys, they dominated seven individual events and three team events finishing the day with 10 first place finishes. The girls also had a couple of first place finishes with two individual and one team.

Chandler Cavanaugh, Hawks, recorded the team’s first top spot when he beat out every opponent in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.12. Teammate Brendan Bird placed second with a 12.23.

Cavanaugh won his second first place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.87. Fellow Hawks J.P.Nixon’s 55.59 earned him third place.

In the 1600, W-G’s Jack Grell won first place when when he crossed the finish line at 5:18.05. Almost 12 seconds later in second place was teammate Kaya Bowlsby with a 5:29.88.

The Hawks garnished another first place finish when Alex Bice ran a 12:09.92 in the 3200. W-G’s Dylan Steele came in third with a time of 13:03.63.

Payton Tague, Hawks, time of 1:00.29 in the 400-meter hurdles finished off the individual track events. Nixon placed fifth.

At the field events W-G’s Brody Easter nabbed the top spot with a discus toss measuring 12 feet and four inches. Bird finished third and teammate Logan Canova placed 10th.

Easter earned another first place win, this time in the shot put with a throw of 37 and 3.75 inches. Canova placed third and W-G;s Devan Kirkman finished 14th.

As a team the Hawks’ boys earned first place victories in both the 4x400 and 4x800 runs as well as the 800-sprint relay.

In the 4x400, Cavanaugh along with Bryce Achenbach, Austin Scharlau, and Ian Thompson ran a 3:41.14.

Achenbach, Thompson with Grell and Josh Saak smoked the competition in the 4x800 with a time of 9:24.61.

The 800 team of Bird, Saak, Cavanaugh and Marcus McConahay recorded the team’s final first place finish when they ran a 1:41.35.

In the girls competition it was the Hawks’ Emma Drake leading the team to their first of two first place victories.

In the 800-meter run, Drake’s time of 2:30.13 was almost three seconds better than second place. Teammate Riley Jamison finished seventh.

It was W-G’s Emma Buckman out tossing her competitors in the discuss throw with a toss that measured 97 feet eight inches. Kacey major placed 13th and Kelsy Bodenstiner was 14th.

At the team level, the 4x800 team of Drake, Anna Tague, Kaitlyn Peters and Natalie Helbling squashed their opponents by almost 30 seconds with a time of 10:44.59.

Overall team finishes:


Mount Ayr - 191 points

W-G Hawks - 102

Central Decatur - 92

Creston - 63

Southeast Warren - 56

Lenox - 50

Centerville - 12


W-G Hawks - 206

Clarke - 123

Central Decatur - 114

Southeast Warren - 75

Lenox - 73

Centerville Csd - 9

Hawks face stiff competition at Ogden Coed meets

Before recording one of their best performances this season at Monday’s Central Decatur Coed Invitational the Hawks’ track teams traveled to Ogden for the first of two Coed meets.

Last Friday, May 5, Woodward-Granger High School were greeted to middle of the pack finishes.

The Hawks’ girls came in second with 75 points. The host Ogden finished first with 118 points and Glidden-Ralston was third with 62.

It was almost the same results for the boys’ teams but with Woodward Academy finishing first with 121 points. Host Ogden was second with 66 while the Hawks placed third with 62. Glidden-Ralston was last with 24 points.