W-G cross country runs at Pella and Madrid

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Woodward-Granger harriers stride along the course in Madrid Thursday. Photo submitted.


PELLA — The harriers from Woodward-Granger were in action twice in a three-day span recently, competing Saturday at the Pella Invite after running in Madrid Thursday.

The W-G boys were third at Pella with 108 points, with Mid-Prairie first at 26 and CLass 2A No. 11 AC/GC second at 48. Mid-Prairie (21) and AC/GC (59) claimed the top two girls spots, with W-G seventh at 187. A total of eight teams competed on both sides of the event.

Dylan Steele led the Hawk boys by placing 13th in 18 minutes, 52.3 seconds, with Carsten Wright 20th in 19:38.7. Alex Bice (19:46.7), Caleb Jones (19:49.8) and Jack Grell (19:54.3) also scored after crossing 24-25-26. Xavier Ibarra was 28th in 20:14.7 and Kaya Bowlsby 42nd in 21:35.2 for W-G.

Mid-Prairie’s Thaddeus Shetler (17:31.9), Baxter’s Logan Berg (17:39.7) and AC/GC’s Trevin Suhr (17:47.3) were the top three finishers.

Top-ranked Marie Hostetler of Mid-Prairie won the girls race in 18:12.3, with fourth-rated Kate Crawford of AC/GC second at 19:40.4 while Mid-Prairie’s Abbagail Evans, rated 13th, third at 20:44.3.

Emma Drake was 21st in leading the Hawks with a 23:51.7. Crossing 40-41-42-43 were Kaitlyn Smith (27:51.6), Natalie Helbling (28:05.8), Katie Grell (28:11.1) and Ava Petersen (28:12.9). Also running for the varsity were Sydney Grell (45th, 28:22.5) and Makenzie Dresback (48th, 29:58.1).

Second-ranked and defending champ Madrid won their own boys meet Thursday with 26 points. Ogden (46), W-G (64), Colo-NESCO (114), Perry (122) and Woodward Academy (143) were also in action.

Madrid also won the girls side with a 23-point effort, with Perry the runner-up at 43. Ogden (82) was third, W-G (91) fourth and Colo-NESCO (115) fifth.

Steele placed seventh, in 18:31, to lead the W-G boys. Wright was 11th in 19:28 and Bice 12th in 19:32, with Grell 14th in 19:47 and Jones 20th in 20:15. Ibarra crossed 21st in 20:37 and Bowlsby 31st in 21:24.

Helbling’s 26:21 was 13th and the best time for the Hawk girls. Katie Grell was 17th in 27:39 and Sydney Grell 19th in 27:51, with Petersen 20th in 27:53 and Smith 22nd in 27:56. Dresback (29th, 30:03), Madisyn Mann (30th, 30:06) and Marissa Trees (36th, 31:05) were also in action.

W-G returns to competition Monday at Ballard and Sept. 19 at Panorama.

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