In less than a week the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ cross country have been logging miles in two separate events.
On Monday Oct. 2, the Hawks participated in the WCV Wildcat Invitational hosted by Nodaway valley High School.
As a team the boys finished fourth overall with an average time of 20:55.13 tallying 152 points in the process.
Five runners finished in the top 40 in a field of 145 with Trevor Faultonson leading the way in 29th with a time of 20:57.24.
Almost two seconds later teammate Alex Bice finished 30t with a time of 20:59.20. Nipping at his heals was Chandler Cavanaugh in 31st, Kaya Bolsby came in 36th and Caleb Jones finished 38th.
On the girls end, Posey Robinson was the first Hawk to cross in 32nd with a time of 26:43.72. Natalie Helbling was next in 47th with a time of 28:13.14.
Fellow Hawk Kaitlyn Peters finished 57th, Chloe David was 60th, Emily Lingner came in 95th and Hannah Lingner was 104th. The unit finished 10th with 227 points.
Both Nodaway Valley girls and boys took the top spot, followed by both Earlham teams with the Martensdale boys and Mount Ayr girls in third.
The Griswold girls placed fourth, the West Central Valley Wildcat girls were fifth and the boys eighth, while the Van Meter boys came in fifth and the girls finished eighth.
In sixth place were the girls of East Union and the boys of Mount Ayr. Seventh place went to the Pleasantville girls and the Interstate 35 Truro boys. The Southeast Warren males recorded ninth along with the Bedford females.
The finishes were an improvement for the Hawks’ squad, especially the boys, who finished seventh at the 2017 Wildcat CC Invitational while the girls failed to qualify due to limited numbers.
In Menlo, Iowa on Sept. 28, Cavanaugh led his team with an average time of 19:04.99 for 29th. Bice was the second Hawk runner to cross in 35th and Jones rounded out the top three in 48th.
Bowlsby finished 57th, Keith Braunschweig was 60th, Hunter Pierce 63rd, Cody Garland 79th, Dylan Steele 84th, Nick Busch 111th, Cole Theisen 117th, Kainen Fuson 121st, and Kurt Crouse 122nd.
Neighbors the Woodward Academy Knights placed first, Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center was second, Ogden third, Panorama fourth, and Missouri Valley fifth.
In sixth was IKM-Manning, with Ankeny Christian Academy in eighth, West Central Valley in ninth and Van Meter was 10th.
The Hawks had four girls representing the school. Posey Robinson led the way in 23rd with a time of 23:57.97. Helbling came in 31st, Josie Noland was 33rd and David was 52nd.
Panorama H.S. claimed first place, Adiar-Casey/Guthrie Center was second, Missouri Valley was third, Ogden fourth, West Central Valley fifth, Van Meter sixth and Exira-Ehk School was seventh.