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The Mid-Prairie girls suffered a loss to a Class 2A opponent for the first time in two years, placing sixth at the Solon Invitational.
The competition was incredibly tight, with meet winner Bettendorf coming in with a score of 90. Mid-Prairie, who finished sixth, had a score of 102. Williamsburg finished second with a score of 93 as they had their final three scoring members come in as a pack at 22-23-25.
“Williamsburg runs a very strong pack and they will be very tough in the post-season when having strong fourth and fifth runners makes a huge difference,” Aaron Fleming said.
Heat was also an issue on the day, with the temperature at 93 at the start of the race.
Marie Hostetler, who led the team with a time of 18:42, placed second on the day with Iowa City Liberty freshman Ashlyn Keeney taking the top spot at 17:56.
Freshman Mitzi Evans continued to impress, coming in 12th place at 21:16.
Moriah Brace ran a 21:36 and finished in 17th place to come in at No. 3 for Mid-Prairie.
“I was kind of disappointed in myself because I didn’t pass as many girls as I wanted to, but I’m happy with my time,” Brace said.
She said as a team, she feels like they’re making the improvements needed to be in contention for a postseason run.
“I think for the most part we’re doing pretty good. We’ve all been training hard and I think we could do a bit better, but as long as we keep improving (it’s good),” Brace said.
Kate Cavanagh came in 27th at 22:18 and was able to improve on last year’s meet time despite the heat. Angelina Evans was 44th at 23:02.
Non-scoring runners included Kessa Jones in 59th at 25:13 and Brittany Kinsinger in 65th at 25:57.
The junior varsity girls squad finished eighth on the day with Zoe Fisher leading the way at 25:20.
Results (place, name, time):
2, Marie Hostetler, 18:42
12, Mitzi Evans, 21:16
17, Moriah Brace, 21:36
27, Kate Cavanagh, 22:18
44, Angelina Evans, 23:02
59, Kessa Jones, 25:13
65, Brittany Kinsinger, 25:57