The end of a season was now a familiar tune for Woodward-Granger’s Cross Country team
who currently have two seasons under their belt.
After putting a team out on the course for their first run of competition during the 2016-2017 season, the Hawks made significant strides this year to catch up with the rest of the pack.
One would figure that a squad with just a year under their soles would be consistently falling behind the field and making their mark at the bottom of the time sheet.
True for some but not for all as the this season’s squad not only avoided,multiple times, the dreaded cellar position, but both teams managed top five finishes.
Throughout the course of the season the two Hawks’ teams continued to avoid bottoming out with finishes of ninth and seventh place.
But that all changed on Oct. 2, at the WCW Wildcat Invitational when the boys’ squad recorded their highest finish of the season when they placed fourth overall against a field of 10.
In that event hosted by Nodaway valley High School five Hawks managed a top 40 finish out of a field of 145 participants. W-G’s Trevor Faultonson led the way in 29th place.
Three days later on Oct. 5, it was the W-G girls’ team claiming a top three finish at the Saydel Invite where the Hawks placed third with 107 points.
That day the school had three individuals finish 16th, 17th and 20th with Chloe David leading the way with a time of 23:41.13.
At the team’s final race of the 2017-2018 season, the Hawks boys recorded another solid finish when they finished in eighth place out of 17 teams.
The girls might’ve failed to place due to lack of participants but according to Hawks head coach Dave Smeltzer, with runners like Posey Robinson leading the way the future of the team seems bright.