The All-Golden Triangle News Service teams have been selected and a state champion is the captain of both the boys and girls teams with Mt. Pleasant’s Cody mertens taking home a boys state title and Mid-Prairie’s Marie hostetler winning girls state.
The 2018 GTNS boys coach took both his boys and girls squads to the state meet.
Coach: Davis Eidahl, Pekin
A living coaching legend in his sixth decade of coaching, Eidahl qualified both his teams for the state meet with the girls finishing seventh overall with 178 points and one top-20 finisher and three ladies in the top-50. The Panther boys placed 12th as a team with 258 points and two top-15 finishers.
Captain: Cody Mertens, senior, Mt. Pleasant
The 2018 season was like destiny fulfilled for Mt. Pleasant’s Cody Mertens.
Mertens won the Southeast Conference for the second year in a row, and dominated the Class 3A state-qualifying meet. Then in Ft. Dodge, Mertens put it all together for his first individual state title, winning the 3A race by seven seconds, crossing in 16:03.1.
Mertens’ performance at state makes him an easy choice for captain of the 2018 All-GTNS team.
Evan Horak, junior, Washington
The Demons junior had expressed a goal early this season when he made it known he would qualify for the Class 3A state meet. A tireless worker, Horak made good on his aim with a 13th-place finish at the state-qualifying meet. Only the top 15 advance. Horak ran a 17:15.71 to make it to state. At Ft. Dodge, Horak ran 18:00.5 to place 94th.
Quinn Schmidt, senior, Mid-Prairie
Schmidt was an integral member of the Mid-Prairie team that finished second at state his junior year and the state championship his sophomore year. He ran a 17;27.9 as a junior at the state meet to place 29th. During this, his senior season, he qualified as an individual for state and ran a 17:36.2 and finished 32nd. To get to state, Schmidt ran a 17:03 at the qualifying meet and placed fifth. The Golden Hawks were fourth as a team to just miss state as only the top three advance.
Dalton Moyle, senior, Mt. Pleasant
It was a year of firsts for Mt. Pleasant’s Dalton Moyle. Not only did Moyle win a meet and finish in the top two in the conference race at Keokuk, but he qualified for his first-ever state meet.
Moyle snuck into the top 15 with a 14th-place finish at the state-qualifying meet in Fairfield. When he got to Ft. Dodge, he crossed the tape in 87th place, finishing with a time of 17:54.5.
Alexander Julian, freshman, Danville-New London
One of the most promising young runners in Southeast Iowa is New London’s Alexander Julian. Julian, who runs for the Danville-New London team, was part of a dynamic duo with Danville freshman Ty Carr this year. Julian joined Carr for the state meet in Ft. Dodge. He crossed with a time of 17:51.2, placing 47th in Class 2A.
Brady Millikin, sophomore, Pekin
Millikin ran in the state cross country meet last season as a freshman, placing 48th overall with a time of 17:33.1 and 27th for the Panthers of the runners that were scoring towards the team title. This season, the sophomore speedster started the campaign ranked No. 28 in Class 1A and finished 13th overall at the state meet in a time of 16:50.4 and seventh for the Panthers in the team scoring. This is the first All-GTNS selection for Millikin.
Colten Glosser, junior, Pekin
Glosser has ran in the state cross country meet each of his three seasons for the Panthers, finishing 30th overall as a freshman with a time of 17:36.0 and 31st last season in 17:18.6. This year, Glosser began the season ranked No. 17 in Class 1A before finishing 27th overall in 17:14.8, good for 13th place in the team scoring race. This is the first All-GTNS selection for Glosser.
Note: The 2018 All-GTNS cross-country teams were selected by Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News, Doug Brenneman of the Washington Evening Journal and Justin Webster of the Fairfield Ledger.