Lance Sobaski was the first Demon to be ranked when he was slotted at No. 28 earlier this season. A move to 27 in the Class 3A list the next week was followed by his disappearance from the rankings. When the Week 9 cross-country rankings were released Tuesday for individuals by the Iowa Association of Track and Field Coaches, Sobaski was back in, way in.
Apparently his second-place finish at the state-qualifying meet opened someone’s eyes and he was ranked 16th. A similar jump of that many spots could happen Friday. That’s when, instead of rankings, it is an actual race of all the top Class 3A and 4A runners at the state meet in Fort Dodge. Saturday is Classes 1A and 2A.
Sobaski has the 15th fastest time from the five district meets, but it’s a tough comparison. Of course they are all the same length but to relate the times is not completely relevant because all five courses are different as far as hiils — how many and the steepness of them.
Danielle Hostetler is Class 2A’s No. 1 individual and Mid-Prairie teammates are Nos. 3, 4, 9 and 21. Respectively, they are Sydney Yoder, Jaden Yoder, Mitzi Evans and Abby Fleming. Rising from No. 30 last week, Fleming moved ahead of the Williamsburg girl she placed in front of at districts, No. 22 Natalie Bemer.
The No. 2 spot is Addison Parrot of Danville-New London. The rankings order is the same as their finish Thursday at districts.
The district/state-qualifying meet results affected Class 1A’s Pekin. Brady Millikin had been at No. 7 for three weeks, moved to No. 6 last week but tumbled to 13th. No Pekin girls were listed in the top 30 after three, Lily Fariss at 10, Lauren Dershied at 19 and Lauren Steigleder at 26, were in last week. Steigleder had a meteoric rise starting at No. 30 in Week 4, No. 24 in Week 5 to No. 12 in Week 6, then dropped to 27 in Week 7 and 26 in Week 8. Fariss had been as high as 11.
D-NL’s Ty Carr has been in the Class 2A Top 10 all year and is at No. 5 for the third week, but teammate Alexander Julian was at 13 two weeks ago, then No. 7 and is now at 9. Oliver Sowell was in and out of the Top 30, but has inched his way to No. 23. He started in Week 6 at 29, then 27, then 24.
Jamison Stutzman has spent weeks on the list as he climbed from 18 to 15, 15 again to No. 8, where he is for the second week. Mid-Prairie teammate Nathan Wallington falls from 26 to 28.