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The Mid-Prairie boys team battled a hot day at the Solon Invitational to place eighth in the 11-team field.
Led by a 25th-place finish from Quinn Schmidt, the Golden Hawks scored a 233 on the day by going 25-44-48-52-64. First place at the event was Clear Creek-Amana with a score of 32.
The Mid-Prairie team on Monday featured a mix of youth and seniors.
Thaddeus Shetler finished as Mid-Prairie’s No. 2 in 44th at a time of 19:25. Samson Kimani was 48th at 19:35. Spency Yutzy was 52nd at 19:47.
Mid-Prairie assistant coach Aaron Fleming said Yutzy has been progressing well this season.
“Spencer is growing in his quiet leadership and his toughness and determination are a big key to how the team is progressing,” Fleming said.
The three ran in a pack for much of the race, and Kimani said that’s a strength of the team.
“Having those guys near me helps keep my pace. It not only helps mentally with just time and knowing how fast I should go, but also emotionally and knowing that we’re passing guys together,” Kimani said.
Chandler Hershberger rounded out the varsity scoring in 64th place at 20:29.
Non-scoring members included Jamison Stutzman at 69th in 21:25 and Luke Albright at 75th in 25:22.
The junior varsity boys finished 10th on the day and were led by Elmir Ganibegovic at 21:52.
“Elmir Ganibegovic continues to improve, earning himself a spot on the varsity squad for the next meet by leading the junior varsity squad,” Fleming said.
Camden Marner was right behind Ganibegovic at 22:02. Levi Stultz was 60th at 23:35. Then came a pack of Mid-Prairie runners finishing in spots 65 through 68.
Austin Bontrager was 65th at 25:20, Evan Hall 66th at 26:20, Ty Carey 67th at 26:29 and Ethan Hall 68th at 27:36.
Fleming said it was a “breakthrough day” for Ethan Hall who broke 30 minutes for the first time.
Results (place, name, time):
25, Quinn Schmidt, 18:35
44, Thaddeus Shetler, 19:25
48, Samson Kimani, 19:35
52, Spencer Yutzy, 19:47
64, Chandler Hershberger, 20:29
69, Jamison Stutzman, 21:25
75, Luke Albright, 25:22
Junior varsity results
53, Elmir Ganibegovic, 21:52
55, Camden Marner, 22:08
60, Levi Stultz, 23:35
65, Austin Bontrager, 25:20
66, Evan Hall, 26:20
67, Ty Carey, 26:29
68, Ethan Hall, 27:36.