Submitted by Aaron Fleming
Mid-Prairie cross country competed in the class 2A state qualifying meet at Pella Thursday, October 19. For Mid-Prairie it was the second year both the boys and girls won the district meet and will both run at state next week.
The girls dominated the competition, winning the 2A meet title with 25 points.
The girls won the 2A meet title with 25 points. Mid-Prairie had six runners qualifing for state as individuals. They include defending state champion Anna Hostetler who placed first with a time of 18:42, Marie Hostetler placed second, Ana Fleming was third, Moriah Brace was ninth, Abbagail Evans was 10th, and Kate Cavanagh was 13th.
The Mid-Prairie boys took the title with 23 points. The Golden Hawks had five individual qualifiers led by Floyd Evans with a time of 17:02. Peyton Miller was third, Zach Pettit fifth, Quinn Schmidt was sixth, and Marshal Teets was eighth.
Overall, this was the second year in a row that Mid-Prairie took 1st in both the boys and girls events. Only two other 2A schools had both teams qualify this year, and Mid-Prairie was the only program to capture meet titles in both events. This was the first time in program history that Mid-Prairie had both boys and girls individual champions, Mid-Prairie was also the only program in class 2A to have individual champions in both boys and girls races this year.
Senior Anna Hostetler led the team for the first time since being beaten by her sister Marie on this course in the second week of the season, and it is good to see her feeling healthy again, and we know Marie will give her a good run for the money at the state meet.
Ana Fleming ran her second mile faster than her first to come in third, just two seconds off her personal record.
Junior Moriah Brase was not even on the varsity squad last year, and we are super proud of her for putting in the necessary summer miles and increasing her racing toughness to place in the top ten at state qualifying this year. Abbagail Evans ran 15 seconds faster than a year ago.
Floyd Evans used precision pacing to take the team title, and he and fellow senior Peyton Miller were very close to season best times despite the hilly course and the weather that was quite a bit warmer than the perfect temperatures we had on this course earlier this season.
Zach Pettit and Quinn Schmidt both had very solid improvements, while Marshal Teets came through in a huge way for the team.
Marshal was injured for the first half of the season, but kept himself in shape with a lot of cross training and is coming on strong at just the right time.
With Marshal moving up, the team had a slim 45 second spread from firsts to fifth runner, and that kind of pack running will make them a force to be reckoned with at the state meet.
These boys have a lot of state experience in both cross country and track, and team captains Pettit and Miller know how to motivate and bring their best in the post-season, so we are very excited about what these boys can accomplish next week.