Hawk harriers compete Thursday at Eagle Invite

The Woodward-Granger junior high cross country runners come together before the start of Monday's race in Nodaway Valley. Photo submitted.

SAYDEL — The Woodward-Granger varsity and junior varsity cross country teams were in action Thursday at the Eagle Invitational, with three Hawks girls and one boy earning a medal for a top 20 finish.

North Polk edged Ballard, 28-29, for the girls team title, with Woodward-Granger third with 107 points. Six teams and 72 runners competed in the event.

Chloe David was 16th in 23 minutes, 41.13 seconds to lead the Hawk girls, with Posey Robinson 17th in 23:45.58 and Natalie Helbling 20th in 23:57.73. Also scoring were Kaitlyn Peters (24th, 25:17.3) and Josie Noland (30th, 26:22.58), while AnnaMae Hanson (30th, 32:12.66), Emily Lingner (40th, 33:26.92) and Hannah Lingner (34:27.33) also competed for W-G.

Nine teams and 139 harriers ran in the boys high school race, with North Polk winning with 51 points. Des Moines Lincoln was second at 54 points, with W-G fifth at 162.

Chandler Cavanaugh (20th,19:02.97) was the first Hawk to cross, with Alex Bice (28th, 19:31.6) second. Trevor Faltonson (35th, 19:41.68), Caleb Jones (39th, 20:02.9) and Hunter Pierce (40th, 20:05.94) scored as well for the varsity, with Kaya Bowlsby (41st, 20:12.85) and Cody Garland (48th, 20:46.5) completing the top seven.

Dylan Steele was the first of six W-G JV harriers to finish by crossing in 21:40.71. Kurt Crouse (23:32.8) and Nick Busch (23:35.61) were the next two down the chute, with Kainen Fuson (24:56.68), Cole Theisen (25:02.88) and Logan Roll (25:48.81) also in action.

Woodward-Granger will return to competition Thursday at the WCAC meet at the Lake Panorama Par 3 Golf Course in Panora.


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