Mid-Prairie's girls, Schmidt qualify in cross-country

TIPTON – The top-ranked Mid-Prairie High School girls team won one of the five Class 2A state-qualifying cross-country meets Thursday with a team score of 53. Second-ranked Williamsburg was second with 61 and 12th-ranked Danville-New London was third with 85.

The top 15 individuals and top three teams advance to the state meet at Kennedy Park outside Fort Dodge Oct. 27.

The Mid-Prairie boys team was fourth but Quinn Schmidt was fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 3 seconds.

“Trying to get my team to state, I was trying to pass as many people as possible,” Schmidt said. “I’m sad that the team didn’t make it, but knowing my team depended on me, I had to push it and get one point at a time. That’s what pushed me throughout the whole race, knowing if I didn’t run my best race, then the team wasn’t going to go to state. I was able to do the best I could and having a 20-second PR from last year at state, knowing how much better I’ve gotten throughout the year, it’s humbling to know how much things can change even in two weeks.”

Schmidt started out slow, but went from 12th to seventh after going down a hill at the end of the first lap.

“I held back a little bit and then kept passing people throughout the race,” he said. “That’s one thing my coach told me, ‘If you’re not passing people, then you are slowing down.’ You have to keep moving up.”

Top-ranked Marie Hostetler of Mid-Prairie passed all but one person, finishing second to Springville-Central City’s Emily Staal, who is ranked second. Staal’s time was 17:34 and Hostetler’s was 17:40.

“I’m pretty happy with how I ran, other than my place,” Hostetler said. “I PR’d by a little under 10 seconds. I haven’t PR’d for a long time, so that was exciting. I knew she would definitely try to run with me and try to beat me. I knew I could run with her. She ran tough and I thought I ran pretty good.”

Hostetler’s teammate Mitzi Evans, who is ranked 19th, placed sixth in 19:43.

“It felt kind of tiring,” Evans said. “Around the second loop, my legs felt really tired. I feel like my teammates and everyone around me helped me a lot. I felt like I was dying and then they came and started cheering for me and then I saw my teammate, Moriah (Brase), out of the corner of my eye and I got like a boost of energy. It feels good to go to state. It gives me another chance to break my PR and try to help my team.”

Brase, who is ranked 26th, placed 11th in 20:14. Brase has dropped seven minutes from her time at the start of the season and lowered her previous personal record of 20:50.

“I have some really great teammates,” Brase said. “It’s been so much fun getting to train with them. I certainly can’t keep up with them when we’re doing hard practices, but when we do long runs together, I get to run with them and it’s always super fun. I love running with them.”

Teammate Anna Fleming was 16th in 20:34. Kessa Jones was 18th in 20:52 and Kate Cavanaugh was 19th in 20:53.

“I think we’ve got a really good team, so I think we can do great at state,” Brase said.