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November 1, 2018 Hostetler learns to fight in second straight individual title
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Learning how to fight during a race helped propel Marie Hostetler to her second straight Class 2A individual title with a time of 18:02.

After losing two races this season, one at Solon to Liberty’s Ashlyn Keeney and to Class 2A runner-up Emily Staahl at the state-qualifying meet, Mid-Prairie coach Mark Hostetler said for the first time Marie really had to learn how to mentally push herself.

“Solon was the first meet she had been beat in two-and-a-half years besides her sister,” Mark Hostetler said. “Nobody but Anna was around so it was mentally easy for her to win.”

So this year she had to go back to the drawing board and learn to stick with another runner, even if they decided to pull ahead.

That scenario played out as Marie Hostetler battled back-and-forth with Staal for the first two-and-a-half miles of the course.

At one point Staal started to gain a slight lead, just as she had during the state-qualifying meet. This time Hostetler reacted differently. Instead of trying to make up the deficit later in the race, she pushed forward and kept pace.

“At one point she was starting to get out of reach from me. 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.

The two continued running side-by-side until Hostetler started to pull away near the finish and had a 20-meter lead as the pair came around the last turn.

An attempt from Staahl to catch Hostetler came up short, giving Hostetler, a junior, her second individual title.

“I knew mentally for Marie that staying with her was a matter of mind,” Mark Hostetler said.

Immediately after the finish line Marie hit the ground to catch her breath, showing that every ounce of preparation had gone into the race.

“There were moments where I didn’t want to but I just made myself and I knew that I wanted it,” she said.

After the race, Marie shared an embrace with her dad at the finish line. Completing the birthday present Marie had promised her dad.

“She made me a birthday card where she drew out the whole map of this course in detail and she had an X at the finish line,” Mark Hostetler said. “It said ‘meet me here for your birthday. I have a present for you.’ I knew then that she had made a decision and that she was going to do everything she can to be first place.”

Hostetler now owns two of the fastest four girls 5K times in state meet history since the meet transitioned to the girls 5K four years ago. Hostetler will have her hands full next season as well as six of the top 10 runners in Class 2A return next year.

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