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DES MOINES — Marie Hostetler did what she thought was impossible. It won her a state title in the Class 2A 3000 meter run.
ACGC’s Kate Crawford took the lead from Anna and Marie Hostetler during the middle of the race, and Marie said she didn’t think Crawford could sustain her pace.
“Yeah, (getting passed) was really weird. I figured when she took off she was going out hard because it's state and all that. So I thought she'd fall back,” Marie Hostetler said.
Earlier in the race, Marie said she heard Crawford’s breathing and it sounded like she was tired. So at first she didn’t take the threat of a Crawford win too seriously.
The laps kept on and Crawford continued to build her lead. If you watch the video of the race, at one point Crawford pulls out so far ahead the camera doesn’t even feature Marie Hostetler.
Then the race got to the 2600-meter point and Crawford took the bell-lap with a 40 meter lead. At that point, Marie Hostetler didn’t think she had enough left to win.
“I thought that as much as I wanted to catch her that I wouldn't. I'm really surprised that I did and I figured I'd have to settle for second, which I didn't want to do,” she said.
“I kind of had just settled, but then I realized I had it in me,” Hostetler said.
She said after she passed her dad on the backstretch and he yelled that she could do it, she clutched onto those words and believed.
“I guess I just tried to believe him as much as possible, and he knows (what I’m capable of),” Hostetler said.
With 100 meters left, Crawford still held the lead, but the crowd at Drake Stadium egged on Marie and her chase from behind. The stadium roared, and with 25 meters left Marie Hostetler moved to the outside and passed Crawford.
She finished with a time of 10:25.78 and Crawford ran a 10:26.89. Anna Hostetler finished in third place with a 10:43.13. Marie and Anna Hostetler earned 16 points as a pair in the race.
The win is the first individual state title for Marie Hostetler. She’ll still run this weekend in the 800 meter run, the distance medley relay and the 1500 meter run.