Washington Evening Journal
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Mid-Prairie and Columbus cross-country both competed at the Steve Johnson/Dan Huston Invitational at Wartburg College on Saturday.
The cross-country invitational is one of the most decorated in the state and features teams from all across Iowa.
The two area teams were split up into separate groups.
On the day, the Mid-Prairie girls were the highest finishers of the two Union area teams. The Golden Hawks finished 11th on the day with 272 points.
The Mid-Prairie boys finished 20th overall with 551 points.
Columbus had a nice showing in the invitational. The Wildcat boys took 13th with 394 points and the girls finished 19th with 548 points.
Leading all area runners on the day was the Golden Hawks Danielle Hostetler. Hostetler finished 4th overall with a season best of 18:11.19.
Abby Fleming followed in 30th with a personal record of 19:51.12. Phoebe Shetler finished 46th with a season best of 20:11.11. Greta Sieren finished 94th with a personal record of 21:20.96. Dessa Poll took 115 with a time of 21:51.28.
The boys were led by Emmett Swartzentruber in 76th. He ran a time of 17:04.89.
Blake Creed finished 108th with a personal record of 17:29.83. Preston Yutzy took 124th with a time of 17:43.07. Nathan Wallington finished 139th in 18:01.59. Daniel Rodgers clocked a personal best of 18:38.14 for 175th.
For Columbus, Damian Vergara was the top finisher. Vergara finished 35th with a personal best of 17:54.36.
Tim Hills-Carrier followed in 64th with a personal record of 18:22.33. Tyler Humiston followed in 95th with a personal record as well, 18:57.87. Bryan Tlatenchi finished 107th with a personal record of 19:17.26 and Cael Phillips 119th, 19:17.26.
Naveiah Garza led the Columbus girls. Garza ran a personal best time of 24:23.81 for a 115th finish.
Quinn Yotter took 120th with a personal best of 24:46.38. Averi Sipes finished 140th with a time of 25:49.89, a season best. Kimberly Gonzalez followed with a season best time of 26:32.80 for 150th. Isabel Rendon rounded out the Wildcats with a 163rd place finished and a personal record of 27:43.20.