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The Mid-Prairie boys had three of the top four finishers, and five of the top 20, to run away with the first cross country conference title in school history.
Anna Hostetler continued her remarkable season, leading the Mid-Prairie girls to a second-place team finish with a new conference-record time of 17:42. Marie Hostetler finished second with a time of 18:05. Defending 2A state champion Paige Holub finished third with a time of 18:51, leading #1 Monticello to the River Valley Conference title.
Peyton Miller, Zach Pettit and Floyd Evans finished 2-3-4 as Mid-Prairie finished 53 points ahead of second place Bellevue with 39 points.
“We did something that a lot of other teams didn’t,” said Mid-Prairie senior Brent Foster, “we worked a lot harder than we did in the past, but most of all we got really close to each other.
“We are all really good friends, and I think that’s what bonded us. When Peyton would take that lead, Zach and Floyd would go with him. They pushed each other all through the race.”
Miller led the Golden Hawks through most of the race, but needed every ounce of energy to hold off his teammates for second place at the finish line.
Miller finished with a time of 16:36, one second ahead of Pettit in third place. Evans finished with a tme of 16:40
“We’re all competitive, we want to beat each other,” Miller said, “but we also love to see each other doing well.”
Quinn Schmidt finished 11th, completing the 5k course in 17:08.
Marshal Teets had a personal record by a full minute to round out the scoring with a 19th place finish of 17:28.
Seniors Brent Foster and Andrew Schwartz rounded out the varsity squad with a pair of 20+ second improvements.
The Mid-Prairie girls finished with five runners in the top 33 to take second place with 91 points, ahead of Class 2A #11 Cascade with 100 and #13 Regina with 141. The second-place finish was the best in program history.
Following the Hostetlers, Greta Schmidt was the third runner to cross the finish line for Mid-Prairie with a 27th place finish of 21:00. Abbagail Evans finished 29th with a time of 21:09 and Kessa Jones finished the scoring, coming in 33rd with at time of 21:22.
Kyleigh Graham was 43rd with a time of 21:58 and Abby Tornow claimed the last varsity spot for the postseason with a 46th place finish of 22:11.
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