Hawks fail to get to State in inaugural season

At the Class 1A District State Qualifying Meet in Ankeny, the Woodward-Granger Hawks girls' Cross-Country team took ninth place while the boys took 17th place.

Last Thursday’s results were in and not one Hawks competitor qualified for the next round, but that didn’t stop Robert Boley, W-G’s principal, from praising his students.

“I think it was a success, and I think our team will continue to grow and develop in the future,” he said.

Ten of W-G’s best runners, five from each group, left it all on the course to avoid a final place finish.

Josie Noland, Hawks' sophomore, became the first Hawks runner to finish the race.  She placed 19th with a 22:56.80. At 19:34.00 Cody Garland, Hawks' freshman, was the first boys runner to finish at 55th.

Only a second apart and placing 42nd and 43rd were junior Kaitlyn Peters at 24:08.10 and freshman Natalie Helbling at 24:09.10.

Six places behind Garland was freshman Alex Bice with a 19:51.10 followed by senior Luke Brittain’s 20:32.6 for 75th.

The final spots for the girls belonged to at seniors Regan Kaufman with a 25:00.08 placing 52nd  and Savanah David placing 65th at 26:04.70.

Rounding out the boys were freshmen Kaya Bowlsby in 83rd with a time of  20:53.80 and Andrew Anderson at 22:55.20 for 108.

Taking first place were the Nodaway Valley boys and the Newman Catholic girls teams. Second place went to the Eagle Grove boys and Colo-Nesco girls. The final qualifying spot went to both the Westfork boys and girls teams.