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The members of the Mid-Prairie girls 4x800 meter relay knew they needed their best performance of the season to qualify for the Drake Relays, held April 26-29 in Des Moines.
The top 16 4x800 meter relays in the state qualify for the prestigious track meet, and the Golden Hawks were ranked 15th with three days left before the deadline.
Abby Tornow, Marie Hostetler, and Greta Schmidt ran the first three legs of the relay, leaving the final 800 meters to Anna Hostetler.
“I was very determined in that race, and kind of excited,” Hostetler said. “Knowing this was our last chance to run the 4x800 to qualify for Drake, (I was) just giving it my all.”
Hostetler ran the final leg in 2:15, over four seconds faster than her previous career-low in the open 800.
Mid-Prairie finished with a time of 9:41.98, a new Golden Hawk record, and the eighth-best time in the state at the deadline for qualification.
The Mid-Prairie girls finished first out of six teams at the Hawk Co-ed Relays with 160 points. Highland finished third, led by first place finishes from the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. Lone Tree won the sprint medley relay on the way to a fourth place finish and Emma Beachy led Iowa Mennonite to 50 points and sixth place by winning the discus.
The Mid-Prairie boys finished second to Mount Pleasant with 104.5 points, led by Levi Duwa, who won the discus and broke his own Mid-Prairie school record with a throw of 58-00 ¾ in the shot put. Floyd Evans took an incredible 15 seconds off of his best 1600-meter time to run the fastest “mile” in class 2A this year with a second place finish of 4:34.47.
Highland received its best performance of the night from Mason Manley, Cole Adamson, Trey Lasek, and Bill Burton, who finished sixth in the 4x200 meter relay. For Iowa Mennonite, Adrian Gonzales finished 11th in the long jump and ran a career-best 12.75 in the 100 meter dash.
The Mid-Prairie girls earned first place finishes in the 200, 400, 800, 1500, and 3000-meter races.
Golden Hawk freshman Abbagail Evans won the 200-meter dash with a career-best 27.21 and also set a new personal low in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:02.83.
Anna Hostetler won the 800-meter run, Marie Hostetler took the 1500, and Moriah Brase edged Iowa Mennonite’s Calli Shaw by less than three tenths of a second for first place in the 3000-meter run.
The Mid-Prairie girls also took the 4x400 meter relay.
The Highland 4x100 meter relay of Sarah Schneider, Kelsey Hora, Kristy Thomann, and Aly Stokes won with a time of 52.52, the 20th fastest time in class 2A this season.
Emma Beachy returned to the discus for Iowa Mennonite after missing action due to a choir trip. Coach Marty Gingerich said the conditions aided her career-best throw of 99-06.
Emily Feldman finished third in the 100-meter hurdles for Lone Tree, while Natalie Patterson and Macie Bopp finished third and fourth in the 1500-meter run. The Lady Lions finished second in the 4x800-meter relay.
The Mid-Prairie boys had first place finishes from Peyton Miller in the 400-meter hurdles and Marshal Teets in the 800-meter run. The Golden Hawks won the 4x400-meter relay and finished second in the 4x800-meter relay with a season-low time of 8:20, just four second short of qualifying for the Drake Relays.
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