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The Mid-Prairie girls battled injuries and tough opponents, taking on any challenge that came their way with a convincing win at the state qualifying meet at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont last Thursday.
“This season, more than ever, we’ve tried to get as many girls to state and it means so much for us to come out with the team win,” Kate Cavanagh said. “We haven’t had much of that uniform success, so to have a team win means more than anything to us.”
The Mid-Prairie girls qualified for seven events at the state meet this weekend in Des Moines, with three of those individual events featuring multiple Golden Hawks.
The sprint medley squad of Maddie Edgington, Cassidy Rourke, Amber Swart and Abbagail Evans had to wait for an at-large bid on Friday, but their time of 1:55.42 gave them one second cushion from the cutoff.
The Hostetler sisters continued their dominance in the middle-distance and distance events, with Anna and Marie Hostetler taking the first and second spots in the 800, 1500 and 3000 meter runs. They also sealed the qualification for the Golden Hawks in the 1600 distance medley.
Prior to the distance medley, lead runner Maddie Edgington had injured her hip in the 100 meter dash. So Amber Swart moved up to the lead position, Evans filled in the second spot and Marie and Anna Hostetler took the final two places.
The distance medley took the change in stride and put together the fastest time in Class 2A by nearly three seconds.
The Golden Hawks other individual qualifiers included Abbagail Evans in the 400 meter dash, who had the 13th best qualifying time at 1:03.02, and Kessa Jones, who placed fourth in a competitive field at Eddyville. Her personal best of 1:11.06 was enough to qualify for the state meet.
Mid-Prairie’s 4x800 meter relay turned in a time of 10:23.55 to win the district meet. The group of Cavanagh, Jones, Moriah Brase and Ana Fleming beat out PCM by seven seconds to win the race.
Now the attention for the Golden Hawks turns to the state meet, with the potential for Anna and Marie Hostetler to finish 1st and 2nd in multiple races, the Mid-Prairie girls will have th e potential to compete for a state championship. They finished runner-up in 2017. Some of their main competition will come from River Valley Conference foe North Cedar.
The Class 2A girls session kicks off at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
Results (place, name, result):
100 meter dash — 4, Maddie Edgington, 13.50. 7, Kitty Conway, 13.81.
200 meter dash — 5, Amber Swart, 27.79. 6, Cassidy Rourke, 28.31.
400 meter dash — 1, Abbagail Evans, 1:03.02. 5, Sarah Meader, 1:07.64.
800 meter run — 1, Anna Hostetler, 2:24.11. 2, Marie Hostetler, 2:26.06.
1500 meter run — 1, Anna Hostetler, 4:51.76. 2, Marie Hostetler, 4:52.78.
3000 meter run — 1, Anna Hostetler, 11:15.07. 2, Marie Hostetler, 11:24.99.
100 meter hurdles — 15, Sidney Davis, 18.94. 17, Kaitlin Poock, 19.24.
400 meter hurdles — 4, Kessa jones, 1:11.06. 6, Kitty Conway, 1:13.50.
4x100 meter relay — 11, Mid-Prairie (Cassidy Rourke, Amber Swart, Abbagail Evans), 1:00.39.
4x200 meter relay — 7, Mid-Prairie (Kessa Jones, Cassidy Rourke, Sidney Davis, Kitty Conway), 1:56.46.
4x400 meter relay — 7, Mid-Prairie (Kessa Jones, Kitty Conway, Kate Cavanagh, Sarah Meader), 4:33.17.
4x800 meter relay — 1, Mid-Prairie (Kate Cavanagh, Kessa Jones, Moriah Brase, Ana Fleming), 10:23.55.
800 sprint medley — 3, Mid-Prairie (Maddie Edgington, Cassidy Rourke, Amber Swart, Abbagail Evans), 1:55.42.
1600 distance medley — 1, Mid-Prairie (Amber Swart, Abbagail Evans, Marie Hostetler, Anna Hostetler), 4:17.31.
Shuttle hurdle — 8, Mid-Prairie (Kaitlin Poock, Sidney Davis, Sarah Meader, Jillian Owen), 1:19.05.
High jump — 8, Jaselyn Robertson, 4-06.
Long jump — 14, Sidney Davis, 13-10.75. 15, Jaselyn Robertson, 13-08.25.
Shot put — 6, Tori Boyse, 32-09.5. 9, Kylee Kos, 30-04.75.
Discus — 4, Tori Boyse, 101-08. 8, Kylee Kos, 89-10.