W-G cross country teams visit Panorama Invite

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Off and running! Members of the Woodward-Granger cross country team run in the pack at the start of Thursday's Panorama Invitational. Photo submitted.

PANORA — All levels of the Woodward-Granger cross country program were in action Thursday at the Panorama Invitational.

The W-G boys finished 14th in a 19-team field in which 233 individuals ran the course at the Lake Panorama Par 3 Golf Course. Nodaway Valley (43), Madrid (90) and Woodward Academy (117) claimed the top three spots, with the Hawks recording a score of 370.

Trevor Faltonson, Alex Bice and Chandler Cavanaugh were the first three Hawks to cross, finishing 63-64-66 in 20 minutes, 32 seconds, 20:34 and 20:44, respectively. Caleb Jones (87th, 21:48) and Keith Braunschweig (90th, 22:03) also scored, with Hunter Pierce (95th, 22:24) and Dylan Steele (118th, 24:12) rounding out the varsity seven.

Freshman Kainen Fuson (left), junior Sam Peterson and sophomore Nick Busch run for W-G at the Panorama Invite Thursday. Photo submitted.

Kurt Crouse (24:53), Nick Busch (25:23), Sam Peterson (25:29), Kainen Fuson (27:08), Cole Theisen (27:10) and Logan Roll (28:11) were also in action for W-G.

The W-G varsity girls were 13th in a 14-team race with 303 team points. Panorama (43) was an easy winner, with AC/GC (91) second and Tri-Center (96) third. A total of 140 entries ran in the event.

Posey Robinson was 41st, in 26:13, and Natalie Helbling 44th, in 26:21, to pace the Hawk girls. Chloe David (63rd, 27:24), Josie Noland (64th, 27:29) and Mollie Frost (91st, 35:37) capped the scorers and were the only five high school runners for the W-G girls.

Seven boys ran in the junior high race for W-G. Greene County (74), Van Meter (110) and Ankeny Christian Academy (118) claimed the top three spots. W-G was listed in two separate groups for some unexplained reason, and, without five runners listed together did not produce a team score, which would have been 211.

W-G sophomore Chloe David and junior Josie Noland (right) follow an AC/GC harrier during Thursday’s Panorama Invite. Photo submitted.

Alex Foster (15:12), Ryan Fitch (58th, 17:42) and Joel Harney (61st, 18:01) were the top trio. Parker Griffin (79th, 20:02), Carsten Wright (80th, 20:07), Lucas Hanson (83rd, 20:30) and Nick Bermel (85th, 21:05) also ran for W-G.

Earlham won the junior high girls race with a perfect score of 15, with W-G second at 60 and Nodaway Valley third with 68 points.

Makayla Hanna crossed eighth, in 16:50, to lead the Hawks. Katie and Sydney Grell were 9-11 in 17:03 and 17:06, respectively, with MaKenzie Dresback placing 14th in 18:13 and Kaitlyn Smith 18th in 19:45.

W-G returns to action Monday with a visit to the ADM Invitational. The teams were originally scheduled to compete Thursday at Roland-Story but will not do so in order that students may participate in the Homecoming parade and other activities.

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