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Quinn Schmidt received the baton in second place for the last leg of the 4x400 meter relay, the final event of the state-qualifying meet in Eddyville on Thursday. Just a few steps behind Schmidt was Pleasantville junior Hunter Tyree, who qualified for the state meet in the open 400 with a blistering time of 51.03 earlier in the afternoon.
Tyree closed the gap and looked poised to take the lead on the homestretch, but the Mid-Prairie sophomore reached the finish line 12 hundredths of a second ahead to become the final automatic qualifier of Thursday’s meet.
The Mid-Prairie boys will take 12 athletes to the state meet in 12 events and won the district championship with 153 points, 56 points ahead of second place Albia.
“It was just a really fun night,” Mid-Prairie boys coach Dain Jeppson said. “I’m really proud of the kids for their performance.
“Like I told them earlier, the thing that I loved about last night was not just the way they competed, but the way they supported each other. And a perfect example would be when Quinn anchored the 4x4, just watching him run that race was really cool, but even cooler was watching his teammates celebrate with him.”
Levi Duwa and Zach Pettit were each 20 point scorers for Mid-Prairie. Duwa won both the shot put and discus, while Pettit took the 1,600-meter run, and won the 3,200-meter run with the fastest qualifying time in the state, 9:54.49.
Pettit pulled away at the end of both races, winning each by a wide margin.
“I was just trying to pace myself,” he said. “Normally I go out, what I feel is a little bit too hard and then it hurts the middle part of the race, so I tried to pace myself in the beginning and I tried to pick it up as the race progressed. I got to the final couple of laps and I was like ‘oh, its go time.’”
The Mid-Prairie girls fell three points short of a district title. Prairie City-Monroe won the meet with 111 points. The Golden Hawks received exactly half of their 108 points from Anna and Marie Hostetler’s sweep of the 800, 1,500 and 3,000-meter races.
Anna Hostetler won all three events and had the fastest qualifying time in the state in all three events as well. Marie Hostetler finished second in all three and had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 1,500-meter run and the 3,000-meter run. The Mid-Prairie girls will take nine athletes to the state meet in six events, including the 4x400 meter relay, where Greta Schmidt had to hold off a late challenger, just like her brother would minutes later.
“I reminded myself that this could be my last race and that I need to keep pushing myself,” she said. “When I got the straightaway, I couldn’t control my legs anymore, but I told myself to keep pushing because I knew that she was right behind me. As soon as I crossed the finish line, it was a sigh of relief.”
Abby Tornow, Abbagail Evans and Kitty Conway ran the first three legs of the relay.
Schmidt also qualified in the distance medley along with Evans, Tornow, and Kessa Jones, but had to wait until Friday to find out after finishing third.
Jones was in fourth block on Friday afternoon, waiting for the results on her ipad.
“I kept checking it and I kept checking it and then I saw it and then I was just super excited,” she said.
She celebrated with classmate Kyle Miller, who learned simultaneously that he had qualified with a third place finish in the high jump.
“ I knew that (a jump of) 6-1 gave me a good chance, I definitely didn’t think it would be as far up as it was,” Miller said.
“I was keeping tabs on it all day, I was doing homework and I had a tab open for the IHSAA from first block. I opened it up refreshed it… saw myself and I was pretty excited.”
Terrhyn Jacoby finished third in the 100 meter relay at Eddyville, but qualified easily with a time of 11.31, the eighth fastest among the 24 qualifiers.
“I was pretty nervous, I wasn’t sure if I ran a good enough time, but I ended up getting it and I’m pretty excited about it,” Jacoby said. “My goal is just to go in, do the best that I can and see if I can’t place any higher than eighth.”
Marshal Teets and Andrew Schwartz finished first and second in the 800-meter run, respectively. In the 400-meter hurdles, Peyton Miller upset Central Lee’s Zach Schulte, who had the third-fastest time in class 2A.
The Mid-Prairie boys 4x800 meter relay of Cary Schaefer, Schwartz, Teets, and Peyton Miller finished first and the girls 4x800 meter relay of Tornow, Marie Hostetler, Kate Cavanagh and Anna Hostetler won as well.
The distance medley of Schmidt, Jacoby, Schaefer, and Schwartz also finished first and the sprint medley of Schaefer, Jacoby, Schmidt, and Peyton Miller finished second to qualify automatically.
Floyd Evans learned on Friday that he qualified with a third place finish of 10:10.22 in the 3,200-meter run.
Mid-Prairie state meet schedule
3:20 p.m. 3,000 meter run: Anna Hostetler, Marie Hostetler
3:50 p.m. 3,200 meter run: Zach Pettit, Floyd Evans
4:30 p.m. Shot put: Levi Duwa
5:00 p.m. 4x800 meter relay: Tornow, Hostetler, Cavanagh, Hostetler
5:50 p.m. 4x800 meter relay: Schaefer, A. Schwartz, Teets. P. Miller
6:45 p.m. 100 meter dash: Terrhyn Jacoby
2:00 p.m. High jump: Kyle Miller
2:40 p.m. Distance medley: Jones, Schmidt, Evans, Tornow
4:30 p.m. Discus: Levi Duwa
5:00 p.m. 400 meter hurdles: Peyton Miller
5:40 p.m. Distance medley: Schmidt, Jacoby, Schaefer, A. Schwartz
7:00 p.m. 4x400 meter relay: Tornow, Evans, Conway, Schmidt
7:40 p.m. 4x400 meter relay: Schaefer, P. Miller, Teets, Schmidt
10:40 a.m. 800 meter run: Anna Hostetler, Marie Hostetler
11:20 a.m. 800 meter run: Marshal Teets, Andrew Schwartz
2:22 p.m. 1,600 meter run: Zach Pettit
2:52 p.m. 1,500 meter run: Anna Hostetler, Marie Hostetler
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