There was cause for some jubilant celebration as the Woodward-Granger Hawks’ boys earned 93.5 points for a third place finish at the Southeast Valley Coed Relays.
It was a different scenario for W-G’s girls’ team whose 65 combined points placed them in sixth place just nine points behind Glidden-Ralston and 11 points from CR-Bayard.
The April 18 relays, which took place at Gowrie, Iowa, saw a slew of schools compete for the top spot.
For the boys, South Central Calhoun combined for 157 points and a first place finish. The host Jaguars finished second place with 116.
In fourth with 80 points was the Ogden Bulldogs. CR-Bayard came in fifth with 64. Newell-Fonda’s 45 gave them sixth place and Glidden-Ralston placed seventh with 26.5 points.
It was a productive day for the boys’ team who recorded six individual top three finishes, and as a team had four top two finishes.
Brendan Bird, W-G, took home two third place finishes, one in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.21. He also took third in the discuss throw with a toss of 129 feet.
Teammate Marcus McConahay came in third place in the 200-meter dash with a 24.60m which was almost a full second more than the first place winner.
In the 400-meter dash, W-G’s Bryce Achenbach finished a little over three seconds from claiming first place with a 56.54 and third place. He took second place in the long jump with a measurement of 18-09.75.
Payton Tague rounds out the last third place finisher from W-G. His 16.84-second run in the 110-meter hurdles placed him third.
The 4x200 squad of McConahay, Ian Thompson, Josh Saak, and Chandler Cavanaugh took home first place honors with a 1:37.48 run.
Joining them with a first place finish was the 4x800 team of McConahay, Achenbach, Thompson and Cavanaugh who combined for a time of 9:05.30.
Both the 4x100 and 4x400 team came in second. Bird, McConahay, Payton and Cavanaugh ran a 46.81. Achenbach, Thompson, Cavanaugh and Austin Scharlau finished at 3:47.12.
For the Hawks’ girls, Josie Noland in the 400 and Emma Drake in the 800 finished third and first. Noland ran a 1:09.51 while Drake’s 2:44.53 earned her the top spot.
In the 4x400 the team of Drake, Anna, Natalie Helbling and Kaitlyn Peters combined for a 4:36.47 for a first place.
The team earned two more second place finishes by the 4x800 team and the 800-sprint medley team.
In the 4x800, Peters, Drake, Helbling and Anna were only three seconds away from first place when they finished with a time of 11:27.74.
It was a tighter race in the 800 as Drake, Anna, Kaitlyn Bandstra and Mae Anderson’s time of 2:01.99 was just a mere 56-hundredths of a second behind first place.
The teams face more tough competition this Thursday when they both travel to Stuart for a showdown against West Central Valley H.S.