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TIPTON-- The Mid-Prairie girls beat out three other ranked squads to win a district title at Tipton and qualify for the state cross country meet next week.
"The girls ran amazing," Mid-Prairie's Marie Hostetler said. "Everybody just ran super tough."
Hostetler finished second with a time of 17:40 to lead the Golden Hawks. The next Mid-Prairie runner to cross the line, freshman Mitzi Evans in sixth place, was vital to the team race between the Golden Hawks and Class 2A No. 2 Williamsburg. Evans finished before a Williamsburg runner, giving Mid-Prairie two across the finish line before their first.
Williamsburg then had two runners cross in 7th and 8th place, but Moriah Brase was close behind in 11th in 20:14. Ana Fleming returned from an injury to finish in 16th in 20:34. The scoring lineup was anchored by Kessa Jones in 18th, who beat out teammate Kate Cavanagh in intersquad sprint to the finish line.
As a team the Golden Hawks scored a 53 (2-6-11-16-18), enough to edge Williamsburg (7-8-14-15-17) by eight places.
Angelina Evans was No. 7 for Mid-Prairie and finished in 36th place with a time of 22:01.
Hostetler was bested individually by Springville-Central City runner Emily Staal, but she said the race can be used as a learning experience and that she'll be ready for next week's state meet.
"That has definitely been a goal this season to learn how to race with somebody because I knew that I would have to. She definitely gave me the opportunity today and I felt I raced well," Hostetler said.
Now with a district title in hand, the Golden Hawks will turn their attention to a potential repeat as state champions.
Read more in next week's The News for a state meet preview and how the team is preparing for the meet.
The state meet will take place on Oct. 27 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
1. Mid-Prairie 53
2. Williamsburg 61
3. Danville-New London 85
4. Springville-Central City 95
5. Tipton 133
6. Davis County 205
7. Van Buren 212
8. PCM 220
9. Mediapolis, 226
10. Pella Christian 249
12. Central Lee 296