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The Mid-Prairie girls ran to their second straight Class 2A cross country title with Marie Hostetler winning the individual title.
“It's just crazy, we came here today with that being our goal” Marie Hostetler said after a first place finish in 18:02. “Just to have it be done and be concrete makes me so proud of the team.”
Mid-Prairie took first place in a dominating 29-point victory over runner-up Williamsburg. Mid-Prairie coach Mark Hostetler said a lot of that was due to experience. Five of Mid-Prairie’s seven runners had run in last year’s state meet. He said that just gives them a leg up compared to a team like Williamsburg with three freshman.
Marie Hostetler crossed the finish line and immediately went to the ground. A few minutes later she said she stood up and then the nerves came.
“It was nerve wracking when I looked up and realized there were 15 girls across the finish line,” she said.
Mitzi Evans and Ana Fleming then came in together in 21st and 22nd overall to score 14 and 15 in the team race.
Senior Moriah Brase crossed the finish line at 21:00 to score 23 and Kate Cavanagh crossed in 60th with a time of 21:24 and scored 36 for the team. Mark Hostetler said Cavanagh plowed through the final mile and really made up ground to help out the team score by quite a bit.
Mid-Prairie’s sixth runner was Angelina Evans who ran a 22:16 and finished 85th overall and Kessa Jones was seventh for Mid-Prairie with a time of 22:34 in 97th place.
“It's just such a relief, it feels good to be done and have won two state titles,” Brase said.
It takes a special team to win consecutive state titles in anything, and Brase pinned that on the work ethic and friendship between the members of the team.
“I think we're all just really hard workers and all like each other,” she said.
Mark Hostetler said he couldn’t be more proud of how the seniors — Brase, Jones and Cavanagh — came out and finished in their final race.
In the individual title race, Marie Hostetler ran side-by-side with Springville-Central City’s Emily Staal for nearly the entire race before building a 20-meter lead around 2.5 miles into the race. That ability to stick with another runner was something Marie had to work on this season according to Mark Hostetler.
He said the Solon meet earlier this year where she placed second was the first time she had been beaten in over two years.
“She wasn't feeling good, but the girl passed her and she didn't fight her off. Then I realized that she has never went head-to-head with someone and seen who could come out on top,” Mark Hostetler said.
Then came the state qualifying meet and something similar happened as Staahl passed Hostetler and never gave up the lead. Coming into the state meet Marie said she was determined to stick with her and that will was tested early as Staal took a slight lead around halfway into the race.
“At one point she was starting to get out of reach from me and she had gotten out of reach at districts and I did not want to let that happen again and I knew I couldn't let that happen again,” Marie Hostetler said.
From that point on Marie battled back and build a lead of her own, out-kicking Staal and taking home her second consecutive Class 2A title.
Read more on the state cross country meet in next week’s The News.
1. Mid-Prairie 89
2. Williamsburg 118
3. WC-KP 131
4. Jesup 145
5. Danville-New London 155
6. Cascade 180
7. Panorama 180
8. Unity Christian 185
9. Crestwood 191
10. Aplington-Parkersburg 211
11. Waukon 238
12. Dike-New Hartford 246
13. Shenandoah 318
14. Albia 348
15. Cherokee 353
Results (Score, name, place)
1, Marie Hostetler, 18:02
14, Mitzy Evans, 20:32
15, Ana Fleming, 20:32
23, Moriah Brase, 21:00
36, Kate Cavanagh, 21:24
54, Angelina Evans, 22:16
64, Kessa Jones, 22:34