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McCune spins way to state title

Mike Ketelsen • DCN Lane Kooiker clears the high jump.
Mike Ketelsen • DCN Lane Kooiker clears the high jump.
Sam Martin • DCN Woodward-Granger’s Andrew McCune, who finished sixth in the shot put, also won the Class 1A state title in the discus.Buy Photo
Sam Martin • DCN Woodward-Granger’s Andrew McCune, who finished sixth in the shot put, also won the Class 1A state title in the discus.

DES MOINES — The Woodward-Granger boys sent a school-record eight events to the Class 1A State Track Meet May 16-18 and returned with a state championship in one event and a sixth-place showing in another.

Hawk senior Andrew McCune accounted for all 13 of the team points for W-G by winning the discus and placing sixth in the shot put.

McCune shattered his own personal best effort by exploding on the first of his six spins in the discus, landing the platter 160 feet, four inches from the pad. His state title winning throw was well beyond his third-seeded effort of 146’6 entering the meet.

The burly weightman matched his entry seed of sixth in the shot put with a best shove of 49’1-1/4, five inches further than his effort at the state qualifying meet.

Also competing in a field event for the W-G boys was sophomore Lane Kooiker, who finished tied for 17th after clearing 5’10 in the high jump.

The best running event finish for the Hawks came in the 4x800, where senior Taylor Ashman teamed with sophomores Alex Bodermann, Cole Ashman and Dylan Garland to place 14th in 8 minutes, 30.39 seconds, a drop of over nine seconds and an improvement of seven places from their entry time.

The 1600 medley unit of juniors Seth Noel, Tanner Canova and Marshall Nieland, along with anchor Taylor Ashman, used a clocking of 3:47.7 to place 20th, with Noel, Canova, Cole Ashman and junior Austin Olesen 21st in the 4x200 at 1:35.32, a slight drop in time.

Also shaving time was the 4x400 unit that finished 21st in 3:38.4. Canova, Nieland and Taylor Ashman were joined by freshman Race Brant in running the relay for the Hawks.

Bodermann was the lone W-G thinclad to appear in an individual running event, placing 23rd in the 1600 with a time of 5:01.24.

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