The Woodward-Granger Hawks Cross Country teams both finished in 11th place at this season’s Ballard Invite.


At Huxley, the Hawks sent 12 competitors -seven boys and five girls - to compete against 141 total athletes at the 37th annual event hosted by the Bombers on Sept. 11.


The Hawks’ boys beat out 12th place finishers the Creston Panthers by a mere two points, 324-326.


First place went to the Gilbert Tigers with 52 points, followed by the Nodaway Valley Wolverines with 58, and the Humboldt Wildcats in third with 99 points.


In fourth were the Roland Story Norsemen (107), fifth went to the Nevada Cubs (113) and in sixth was GHV (128).


The North Polk Comets (220) placed seventh, Ifa-AGWSR (230) was eighth, Eagle Grove (230) was ninth, and South Hardin (237) placed 10th.


Hawks’ freshman Trevor Faltonson’s time of 20:10 led his squad with an overall finish of 56. Sophomore Alex Bice placed 63rd, with Caleb Jones rounding out the school’s top three at 65th.


The Hawks’ girls also placed 11th overall with 311 points. The Wildcats finished first with 40 points, with the Comets in second with 45 and the Tigers coming in third with 69 points.


In fourth place were the Panthers (124), Eagle Grove (152) finished fifth, Ifa-Agwsr (156) landed sixth, GHV (212) was seventh, The Norsemen (213) placed eighth, the Cubs (237) were ninth and the Wolverines (258) fell to 10th place.


Natalie Helbling, Hawks’ sophomore, was the team’s first finisher at 57th with a 25:53. Freshman Posey Robinson was next at 59th and junior Josie Noland crossed at 63rd.


Other Hawks runners included Chloe David (65), Mollie Frost (67), Keith Braunschweig (67) Chandler Cavanaugh (73), Hunter Pierce (78) and Cody Garland 79.


It was only the second time in almost two weeks that the Hawks had competed in any event.


On Thursday, Aug. 31, both teams found themselves in Madrid for a late afternoon run through the Tigers’ course.


W-G’s girls placed fourth with 107 points. AC/GC took first with 28, in second was the host with 48, Ogden was third with 71 and Colo-NESCO was last with 116 points.


With 167 points the Hawks’ boys finished sixth. Ogden captured the top prize with 54, Madrid finished second with 56, and in third was Woodward Academy with 64.


AC/GC placed fourth with 66 points, followed by Des Moines Christian with 116, and in seventh was Colo-NESCO with 219.