Woodward-Granger’s Cross Country team closed out their second full season when the boy’s squad finished eighth out of 17 teams with 224 points while the girls, short one runner, did not qualify a time art this season’s Class 1A State Qualifying event.


At Mount-Ayr last Thursday, Oct. 19, both of the Hawks’ teams showed signs of improvement and a promising future ahead albeit neither qualified for state.


For the boys, senior Chandler Cavanaugh led his squad with a time of 19:21 for 29th place. Teammate, freshman Trevor Faltonson finished in 35th with a time 19:32. Following suit were sophomores Caleb Jones in 48th, Alex Bice in 51st and Kaya Bowlsby at 61.


With his last race of his career W-G’s senior Hunter Pierce finished 72nd while sophomore Keith Braunschweig rounded out the team in 73rd.


In a field of 124 runners, Hawks’ freshman Posey Robinson led the team at 31st overall with a time of 24:02. Sophomore Chloe David finished 74th, senior Kaitlyn Peters placed 82nd and sophomore Natalie Helbling finished 88th.


First place went to the boys of Nodaway Valley with 29 points and the Panorama girls with 32. Woodward Academy with 69 and the Baxter girls with 100 placed second. Third place went to the AHSTW girls with 119 and the boys of Earlham with 122.


In fourth place were the Panorama boys with 136 and the Earlham girls with 147 points. The Nodaway Valley girls and Martensdale SM boys finished fourth with 166 and 195 points.


Rounding out the top five were the girls of East Union with 176 and the boys of IKM Manning with 211.


W-G’s head coach Dave Smeltzer showed his appreciation and optimism for his team’s future after what they accomplished this year, and sent a shout out over Facebook to one of his runners.


“I wanted to say how proud I am of this 70 pound wet noodle [Robinson] on her first Cross Country season that’s in the books,” he wrote. “I wanna say she found her calling, kid got it done every week…& will receive her first Varsity WG letter!”