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At least six ambulances were in attendance at some point at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invite as the heat caused struggles for the runners and cancelled the junior varsity races.
According to a statement from the City of Cedar Rapids, 18 people were treated and five taken to the hospital with non-threatening injuries during the event.
The girls race was won by Marie Hostetler with a time of 18:53. She took first by 10 seconds over Linn-Mar’s Micah Poelett. The two were essentially in a two-person race from the start.
“I knew she likes to go out hard to begin with, so I did too. Once I got ahead of her I just wanted to build the lead as much as possible,” Hostetler said.
The heat didn’t bother Hostetler too much during the race, she said, but after crossing the finish line she almost immediately went to the ground and was helped to shade by teammates.
“I didn’t really think about it a whole lot during the race, but I definitely felt it and I was just really tired at the end,” she said.
The Mid-Prairie girls took first place in the small school division and second overall behind Class 4A Waukee. Waukee scored a 35 and Mid-Prairie was right behind with a 119. In the small school division they scored a 40 and Solon was runner-up at 73.
Freshman Mitzi Evans had a strong first race for Mid-Prairie, finishing 14th overall with a time of 21:48 and above the Class 2A fifth-ranked runner Madeline Romberg from Cascade.
Moriah Brase finished 24th at 22:09, Ana Fleming scored 29th at 22:26 and Kate Cavanagh rounded out the scoring at 23:20 and 51st.
Angelina Evans, who ran a 23:23 and finished 62nd; Kessa Jones ,who ran a 24:57 good for 101st; and Kyleigh Graham, who finished with a time of 27:38 in 152nd, finished out the varsity lineup. The Prairie Invite allows for up to 10 varsity runners compared to the normal seven.
The Mid-Prairie boys were led by Miles Burrows with a time of 19:54, good for 26th in the small school division. Quinn Schmidt was close behind, finishing 29th in 20:05.
The scoring lineup was rounded out by Samson Kimani at 35th, Lucas Bontrager at 36th and freshman Thaddeus Shetler at 40th with a time of 20:36. Mid-Prairie had the lowest spread of all the orange division teams at 42 seconds.
The Mid-Prairie freshman/sophomore girls was second of three in the small school division and they were led by Brittany Kinsinger at 19:24 in a 4,000 meter race. Zoe Fisher was fifth with a 20:19.
The freshman/sophomore boys did not score as a team but Robert Nagy led the way in the 4,000-meter race with an 18:57, good for 20th. Sam Yoder ran a 19:04.
Boys results (overall place, name, time)
87, Miles Burrows, 19:54
90, Quinn Schmidt, 20:05
102, Samson Kimani, 20:22
103, Lucas Bontrager, 20:25
109, Thaddeus Shetler, 20:36
126, Spencer Yutzy, 21:20
136, Jack Pennington, 22:03
Jamison Stutzman, 22:03
Chandler Hershberger, 22:06
Luke Albright, 24:40
Girls results (place, name, time)
1, Marie Hostetler, 18:53
14, Mitzi Evans, 21:48
24, Moriah Brase, 22:09
29, Ana Fleming, 22:26
51, Kate Cavanagh, 23:20
55, Angelina Evans, 23:23
88, Kessa Jones, 24:57
Kyleigh Graham, 27:38