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The Mid-Prairie girls cross country team placed first in a field of 13 on last Saturday at the Pella High School Dutch Invite with a new top runner.
Marie Hostetler edged out Anna Hostetler by one second to take the individual title with a time of 17:59.
“It’s a lot of fun to watch these sisters push each other, and they will continue to give spectators a great show as the season goes on,” Aaron Fleming, assistant coach for the team, said.
Freshman Ana Fleming continues to impress and placed eighth overall with a time of 20:21.
“Early in the season, Fleming is carving out a niche for herself as one of Class 2A’s best 3rd runners while (Moriah) Brase and (Abbagail) Evans fill out the four and five runner roles that are so important,” Fleming said.
The biggest improvement came from Kate Cavanagh who finished with a time of 21:40 which puts her one minute faster than the previous meet.
The girls finished with a final score of 51, beating Pella by 17 points for the team title.
The boys team placed second out of 15 teams, coming in behind Gilbert for the title. Floyd Evans led the team with a 16:58 time and a third-place finish.
“It was awesome to see him break 17 minutes this early in the season and see him setting himself up to reach his high goals for the end of the season,” Fleming said.
Senior Peyton Miller saw a 44 second improvement from last week, something Fleming attributed to his strong performance on hills.
“Peyton Miller knocked 44 seconds off his time from last week, using his strength to power through the hills,” Fleming said. “(His) time in the weight room and a strong season of hurdling in track have definitely given him a lot of strength.”
Fleming said so far with two meets featuring stronger competition the teams are seeing a better level of competition, which they are hoping will allow them to see more improvement.
The team will be back in action against Monticello on Sept. 9. The Monticello field will include Monticello, Anamosa, Beckman, Cascade, Center Point-Urbana, Clayton Ridge, Maquoketa Valley, Springville, Tipton, WD Epworth and Wilton.
Girls results (name, time, place)
Marie Hostetler, 17:59, 1
Anna Hostetler, 18:00, 2
Ana Fleming, 20:21, 8
Moriah Brace, 21:10, 18
Abbagail Evans, 21:23, 22
Kate Cavanagh, 21:40, 27
Kessa Jones, 22:18, 39
Boys results (name, time, place)
Floyd Evans, 16:58, 3
Peyton Miller, 17:16, 8
Zach Pettit, 17:48, 20
Quinn Schmidt, 18:10, 30
Cary Schaefer, 18:18, 35
Miles Burrows, 18:48, 47
Samson Kimani, 19:15, 63