The 2017-2018 Woodward-Granger track squad has been hard at work for the past couple of weeks in preparation of the upcoming season.


They are doing their due diligence by trying to work out the bugs and dust off the cobwebs after the long off season rest.


Just like with so many other athletic high school teams, this year’s squad “sports” a good number of returning veterans who will be counted on to lead the Hawks.


The Hawks’ girls unit welcomes back the state qualifying 4x800 team of Emma Drake, Natalie Helbling, Anna Tague, and Kaitlyn Peters.


Drake will have her work cut out for her as her legs will be counted on to help her teammates make it back to state, and at the same time, help her make a return appearance in the open 800-meter-run event.


As for the Hawks’ boys, experienced competitors such as Chandler Cavanaugh, Ian Thompson and Brendan Bird will help groom the younger teammates.


Both Cavanaugh and Thompson have a shot of making some noise in the running events. The former will be looked to tally great numbers in sprints, while the latter will set pace records in the middle distance events.


Bird will have his hands full when he competes in a variety of throwing events like the discuss toss event.


“We want to improve throughout the year and run our fastest times at conference, district, and state,” head coach Brent Achenbach said.


The Hawks boys opened up their season this past Friday, March 30, when they headed to Winterset for a competitive day of meets.


As a team they placed eighth overall with 22 points,. Carlisle (118), Nevada (116) and Norwalk (105) finished one, two and three.


Earlham (56) was fourth, A.D.M. (55) was fifth with the host (41) garnering sixth. Nodaway Valley (23) placed seventh, Mount Ayr (21) was ninth, Clarke (15.5) finished 10th, Green County (11.5) was 11th and rounding out the field was Woodward Academy with (5).


Bird finished as the highest seeded individual of day when he placed third overall in the discus throw with a toss measuring 122.10 feet.


The distance-medley team and the 4x400-meter relay squad recorded third place finishes. The distance team of Bryce Achenbach, Kade Polich, Caleb Jones and Reese Jamison finished with a time of 3:50.98. While the distance team of Bryce Achenbach, Cavanaugh, Ian Thompson, and Josh Saak ran a 3:40.60


Both teams were back in action, this time at home, when they hosted the Cavanaugh relays this past Thursday, April 5.