You don’t get much better than Mid-Prairie girls cross-country, and the Golden Hawks had yet another great year, taking a team state title and an individual state title in 2019. It’s no surprise that M-P dominates the All-Union cross-country list, which is made up of the top runners from the past season.
Mid-Prairie leads the area with five names selected to the team, a coach and four runners. Mt. Pleasant, Pekin and Danville-New London each had one runner.
Listed below is the 2019 girls All-Union cross-country team.
Coach, Mark Hostetler, Mid-Prarie
Hostetler has built a powerhouse with the talent on the Golden Hawks. He was once again named Coach of the Year by the Iowa High School Track and Field and Cross Country coaches organization.
While Hostetler had the state champion in his daughter Marie, he fashioned a team together that withstood a challenge from Williamsburg. The Raiders won the state qualifying meet over Mid-Prairie 37-43, but the Golden Hawks won the Class 2A state title by a single point over Williamsburg, 60-61. The previous year was a 89-118 win over the Raiders. It was the third consecutive title for Mid-Prairie.
Marie Hostetler, senior, Mid-Prairie
The captain of the All-Union team, Hostetler won her third consecutive individual title. She was ranked first throughout the season in Class 2A and backed up that ranking with a large win at state. She finished more than 41 seconds ahead of second place with a time of 17 minutes, 58 seconds. She holds the record at the state meet of 17:51, set when she was a sophomore. She placed second as a freshman behind sister Anna with a time of 18:15. Her winning time last year was 18:02.
She won the state qualifier by 1:51 over second place.
Abby Ryon, senior, Mt. Pleasant
The top girls runner in the Southeast Conference was Ryon, Mt. Pleasant’s lone representative at the state meet.
Ryon led the Panther girls to a conference title, winning the SEC meet by almost a minute with a final time of 19:54.02. She then took second in the state qualifying meet, crossing the tape in 19:01.7.
At state, Ryon snuck below the 19 minute mark with a final time of 18:55.3 at the state meet to place seventh overall, her first-ever top 10 finish at Ft. Dodge.
Addison Parrott, junior, Danville-New London
The Danville-New London girls were one of the top teams in Southeast Iowa, and a big reason for that was Parrot, the leading runner on the girls side of the program.
When it came time to perform, Parrott was at her best. In the state toughest state qualifier in Class 2A, she took third place overall, crossing the tape in 19:39. Then, at the state meet, Parrott raised the game even more, finishing in 19:20.1 to finish sixth place overall.
Ana Fleming, junior, Mid-Prairie
Fleming improved throughout the season to run one of her best races at the state meet. She finished in 19:46 to earn 11 points. Fleming was 14th in the previuos meet to qualify for state, running a 20:11.
Fleming finished 10th as a freshman at state in 19:43. She was 15th as a sophomore, running 20:32
Mitzi Evans, sophomore, Mid-Prairie
Evans was often ranked in the top 10 this season. She finished with 13 team points at the state meet with a time of 19:53. Evans ran a 20:32 last year at state to earn 14 team points.
Evans qualified for state with a sixth-place time of 19:45.
Abbagail Evans, senior, Mid-Prairie
Evans was ranked at various times this season. She ran a 20:07 at the state meet to earn 15 team points.
She ran to a 10th-place finish in the state qualifier with a time of 20:05.
Evans ran a 20:56 at state as a sophomore for 32 team points and 22:12 as a freshman for 66 points.
Lily Fariss, sophomore, Pekin
Fariss helped Pekin place ninth as a team at the state meet this year. She earned 16 team points with a time of 20:26 shaving nearly a minute off of her previous meet’s time. Fariss and sophomore teammate Lauren Dersheid, who was often ranked in Class 1A this season and finished second in the state qualifier (20:50), are two of five Panthers sophomores that ran at state this season. Fariss was 13th at the state-qualifing meet with a time of 21:32.
The 2019 All-Union girls cross-country team was selected by sports editors Doug Brenneman and Andy Krutsinger