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On Monday at Iowa Mennonite, the Mid-Prairie girls cross country team had their best race of the season and showed why they are a big threat to repeat at state champions.
A less than stellar race the previous week had knocked Mid-Prairie from the No. 1 spot in the Class 2A rankings and put them below Williamsburg, who was also in attendance at the Iowa Mennonite meet.
Marie Hostetler started off the meet with a win in 18:32, coming in 90 seconds before the next competitor. Freshman Mitzi Evans continued to be Mid-Prairie’s No. 2 runner, finishing in eighth place with a time of 20:51. She was one spot behind the Williamsburg No. 1 runner.
Mid-Prairie’s final three scorers were Ana Fleming, Moriah Brase and Kate Cavanagh. They finished in 10th, 12th and 15th place. The final four Williamsburg runners scored 11-13-14-18.
The final team scores saw Mid-Prairie score 42 to Williamsburg’s 58, giving Mid-Prairie the meet win and a key confidence boost heading into the River Valley Conference meet next week.
“Ana and Kate both running their fastest split over the third mile – they both moved up at least 10 places in the last mile and that huge surge was a big part of the win,” Mid-Prairie assistant Aaron Fleming said.
The race was a big improvement for Cavanagh, who saw a 44-second season best at 21:34.
“For Kate it was one of those senior races where you can just see how hungry and determined a veteran senior runner is to finish their career on a high note, and that kind of attitude and leadership is going to be very important in the postseason,” Fleming said.
The final two varsity runners were Angelina Evans and Kessa Jones, who both ran season bests as well. Evans finished in 21:43 in 19th place and Kessa Jones in 22:26 in 28th place.
Mid-Prairie will run next at the River Valley Conference meet on Oct. 11 at the Iowa City Kickers soccer complex. Six girls teams in the River Valley Conference were ranked in the most recent IATC rankings.
1, Marie Hostetler, 18:32
8, Mitzi Evans, 20:51
10, Ana Fleming, 21:14
12, Moriah Brase, 21:19
15, Kate Cavanagh, 21:34
19, Angelina Evans, 21:43
28, Kessa Jones, 22:26
45, Brittany Kinsinger, 23:42
48, Zoe Fisher, 23:55
101, Sarah Meader, 26:35
114, Anna Nafzinger, 27:29
128, Zebi Kimani, 28:29
139, Jill Owen, 29:51
147, Kitty Conway, 31:02
154, Lily Hayes, 32:18