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June 14, 2018 Stockstell inducted into IATC Hall of Fame
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From the moment Aaron Stockstell stepped out on the track his freshman year at Mid-Prairie, it was obvious what kind of an athlete he was.

“He put in a lot of work and everytime he stepped on the track you anticipated that something special would happen,” former Mid-Prairie track coach Steve Hollan said.

By the time he graduated from Mid-Prairie, Stockstell was an 11-time state champion, owner of the all-time Iowa best in the 800 at 1:50.18, and many state meet records.

Stockstell was recently selected as one of five inductees for 2018 into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame.

His 11 state championships included seven individual wins and four relay wins. He won the 400 meter dash three times, the 800 meter dash three times and the 200 meter dash once. In 2008 he was the first in state meet history to win the combination of the 200, 400 and 800.

He won as part of the distance medley relay three times and the 4x400 meter relay once.

As a freshman, Stockstell had his eyes set on the 100 and 200, but with some gentle nudging was put into the 400 meter dash. Hollan said his first 400 was around 49 seconds. At that point he knew Stockstell would be special.

A few weeks later, Stockstell was asked what he thought about running an 800. At first, he was against it. Hollan said about 30 minutes later he came up and said let’s give it a try. He ran a 1:58 or 1:59 in his first try, ending his career with the Iowa all-time best.

After his career at Mid-Prairie, Stockstell attended and ran track at the University of Alabama in 2009 and 2010. He then transferred to the University of Iowa to finish out his career. At Alabama he had a best of 1:49.57 in the 800 and a 48.27 in the 400. At UNI he earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor honors in 2012 and All-Missouri Valley Conference Honors in 2011 and 2012.

Stockstell’s class into the IATC Hall of Fame also included Blaire Dinsdale, Brook Dinsdale and Sara Stokes of North Tama, who won four straight team track titles from 2006-2009. Stokes scored 40 points and won the Class 1A 2009 title by herself. Each of the three athletes won four events at the state meet once, with Stokes doing it twice.

Also included was Dubuque Senior coach Jim Boughton, who coached Senior to three state titles, four state runner-ups and three third-place finishes. He was the longtime chairman of the Academic All-State awards before passing away in May 2010.

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