WOODWARD — Smiles abounded Tuesday as perhaps the most pleasant day of the track season greeted the athletes and spectators at the Woodward-Granger Hawk Coed Relays.
Both W-G squads placed third in their respective standings, with West Central Valley (boys) and Greene County (girls) claiming team titles.
WCV scored 171 points to deny Greene County (170) a team sweep, with W-G third at 136, Grand View Christian had 40 points, Glidden-Ralston 29 and Paton-Churdan 18.
Greene County led, 164-161, entering the final event, the 4×400. WCV won, earning 10 points and moving to 171, but the Rams could still have claimed the meet with eight-points for second place.
However, the Hawks become the Wildcat’s best friend by finishing second in 3 minutes, 38.05 and dropping the Rams to third place and six points, giving WCV the one-point overall win. Bryce Achenbach, Keith Braunschweig, Cody Garland and Cale Pritchett ran the relay for the hosts.
There was less drama on the girls side, with Greene County topping Nodaway Valley, 150-139, for first place, with W-G third at 110. Glidden-Ralston was fourth with 82 points, with WCV scoring 62 points and Paton-Churdan two.
The W-G boys won the 4×800 (9:04.19) and distance medley (3:55.13) relays, with Garland, Pritchett, Caleb Jones and Kaya Bowlsby running the former and Jones, Pritchett, Garland and Kade Polich the latter.
Polich, Achenbach, Logan Roll and Reese Jamison were second in the 4×100 (47.18) and Polich, Roll, Jamison and Pritchett second in the 4×200 (1:42.62) while Polich, Jamison, Garland and Achenbach combined for third place in the sprint medley (1:42.82).
Braunschweig and Worth Henry were 1-4 in the 110 hurdles in 16.82 and 20.41 seconds, respectively, with Henry and Bowlsby 1-4 in the 400 hurdles in 1:03.56 and 1:06.3.
Dylan Steele (11:47.42) and Xavier Ibarra (12:08.91) were 2-3 in the 3200, with Jack Grell (5:21.86) and Steele (5:26.59) 4-5 in the 1600 while Garland placed sixth in the 800 in 2:20.12.
Roll and Dylan Bird used times of 11.83 and 12.2 to finish 3-5 in the 100, with Bird fifth in the 200 in 25.41 while Bird and Henry were 3-4 in the 400 in 55.15 and 56.36.
Achenbach and Bird jumped 19 feet, nine inches and 18’9-1/2 for 2-4 in the long jump, with Braunschweig clearing 5’6 for fourth place in the high jump. Justin Wheeler’s spin of 100’3-1/2 placed sixth in the discus, with Jack Muesburger throwing the shot put 36’2.
Abby Pommrehn and Alexandria Mehrhoff tied for third in the long jump at 13’3-1/2 for the W-G girls. Kaydee Bennett (30’10) and Katelyn Scharlau (29’1-1/2) finished 2-4 in the shot put, with Janae Jones (91’2) and Rian Jamison (73’11) 2-6 in the discus.
Bella Milosevich ran to third in the 1500 (6:19.5), with Posey Robinson (14:30.09) and Chloe David (15:06.69) 5-6 in the 3200 while Olivia Sus (19.05) and Mae Anderson (19.69) were 5-6 in the 100 hurdles and Ava Petersen (1:17.08) and Brayten Ashman (1:19.63) 3-5 in the 400 hurdles.
Maddy Mann and Katie Grell used clockings of 2:53.27 and 3:07.28 to place 3-5 in the 800, with Pommrehn fifth in the 400 in 1:15.27 and Mehrhoff sixth in the 100 in 14.66 while Macey Lisle ran the 200 in 32.09.
The Hawks won both the 4×400 (4:30.53) and 4×800 (11:07.37), with Anna Tague, Josie Noland, Emma Drake and Kayley Dresback running the former and Tague, Noland, Drake and Petersen the latter.
The shuttle hurdle foursome of Sus, Anderson, Ashman and Hannah Miller placed second in 1:22.66, with second place earned by the distance medley quartet of Tague, Dresback, Drake and Petersen.
Petersen, Ashman, Mehrhoff and Gena Tague was fourth in the 4×200 in 2:03.21, with Sus, Mehrhoff, Darby Nixon and Gena Tague fourth in the 4×100 in 58.22 while Drake, Dresback, Noland and Anna Tague third in the sprint medley in 2:02.83.
Both Hawk squads will visit Boone Thursday, with the WCAC meet to be held Tuesday in Panora.