Fleshner becomes first Hawk to reach state meet

Panorama's Mary Fett (far left0 advanced to the Oct. 28 Class 2A State Meet in Fort Dodge after her effort at Thursday's qualifying meet. Photo courtesy Greg Thompson

GUTHRIE CENTER, IA — Woodward-Granger school history was made Thursday when freshman Eva Fleshner became the first Hawk harrier to qualify for the state cross country meet.

Fleshner will run Friday at 10:30 in the girls 1A Finals at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. She earned her invitation by finishing third in a 73-runner field at a qualifying meet hosted by AC/GC.

Earlham won the team title with 28 points, with W-G fourth of nine at 115, Earlham’s MacKenzie Harper won in 20 minutes, 20 seconds, with Fleshner third in 21:06.

Joining Fleshner in scoring were Danika Leuenberger (26th, 24:13), Chloe Creger (27th, 24:25), Jaidyn Achenbach (28th, 24:26) and Libby Grell (31st, 24:44).

Adysen Churchill (35th, 25:10) and Talia Wright (45th, 27:33) ran as well for W-G.

Host AC/GC won the boys side with 35 points as W-G placed eighth of 11 at 222. Caden Keller of IKM-Mann was the titleist in 16:29.

Cael Leighton (20:05, Dillon Limoges (20:34) and Healey Hill (20:59) were 34-41-47 as the first three Hawk boys across the line. The five scorers also included Carsten Wright (49th, 21:22) and Sterling Parkinson (51st, 21:26).

Alex Younts (54th, 21:46) and Aiden Topalovich (57th, 22:00) made the circuit for the Hawk boys as well.

The Hawks are coached by Dave Smeltzer.

Coach Dave Smeltzer and the Woodward-Granger girls pose at a recent cross county meet. Photo submitted.


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