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After a summer of workouts it was time to hit the course for the Mid-Prairie cross country team and according to coach Mark Hostetler those summer workouts showed in the results.
The Mid-Prairie girls team won the small school division and tied for third overall behind a individual win by Anna Hostetler in 18:25.
“They were real consistent and had a little improvement every week (this summer),” Hostetler said. “That’s the key because kids want to not do much in the summer then in the last two or three weeks push it, but you can’t do that.”
The girls team all nearly improved on their first meet times by a minute or more, some running multiple minutes faster. The big standout on the day for Mark Hostetler was Ana Fleming, a freshman.
“What really surprised me was Ana Fleming because she’s a freshman and ran what she did,” he said. “That’s about a minute faster than I expected her to run ... she had a really good race and was able to beat Monticello’s second runner which is really good.”
Monticello is the returning state champion in Class 2A, so the strong showing gave Mark Hostetler cause to believe his team can strongly compete for the team title. He also said some of the other strong competition from Class 4A contenders Linn-Mar, Cedar Falls and Waukee gave the team something to shoot for during the course.
“...they had people around them all the time. Some of the smaller meets we run they don’t, so that makes a difference,” Mark Hostetler said.
Marie Hostetler improved her opening meet time as well finishing just three seconds behind her sister at 18:28.
On the boys side of things the returning class 2A champions placed tenth overall and their top finisher was Floyd Evans, who placed at No. 24 with a time of 17:29.
“The boys pushed themselves and I was happy with that; they have a lot of potential,” Mark Hostetler said.
He said as their conditioning improves throughout the season he expects their talent to shine through.
“They’re talented but they are not in as good as condition as the girls and it showed today, but that’s okay though we’ll work hard and we’ll see what we can do,” Mark Hostetler said.
He said the start of the race was very fast because of the big school competition at the meet and that may have led to too fast of a start.
After Evans two other Golden Hawks finished within a minute with Peyton Miller finishing in 18 minutes and Zach Pettit in 18:21.
Mid-Prairie girls (name, time, place)—
Anna Hostetler, 18:25, 1
Marie Hostetler, 18:28, 2
Ana Fleming, 20:46, 11
Moriah Brace, 21:50, 38
Abbagail Evans, 21:56, 41
Kessa Jones, 22:31, 55
Kate Cavanagh, 22:39, 62
Mid-Prairie boys (name, time, place)—
Floyd Evans, 17:29, 24
Peyton Miller, 18:00, 43
Zach Pettit, 18:21, 59
Quinn Schmidt, 18:51, 81
Cary Schaefer, 18:55, 84
Miles Burrows, 18:58, 88
David Fleming, 19:22, 105