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Victors set records Mid-Prairie girls setting new standards

Mid-Prairie's Danielle Hostetler runs to first place Thursday at Williamsburg in a state qualifying meet. (Matt Levins/Courtesy)
Mid-Prairie's Danielle Hostetler runs to first place Thursday at Williamsburg in a state qualifying meet. (Matt Levins/Courtesy)
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WILLIAMSBURG — Mid-Prairie’s girls cross-country team nearly ran a perfect race Thursday in the state qualifier Class 2A meet at Williamsburg High School and broke school records in the process.

Low team score in cross-country wins. Seven run for a team and each of five team members’ finishing place is added up for a total.

If a team finished in the first five positions, the score would be 15.

Mid-Prairie scored 21 with Danielle Hostetler first, Sydney Yoder third, Jaden Yoder fourth, Mitzi Evans sixth and Abby Fleming seventh.

The team score of 21 points is a state qualifying meet record for the Golden Hawks.

“I believe the previous record was 24 points in 2017,” Mid-Prairie assistant coach Aaron Fleming said. “I may be off by a point or two on the score.”

The other two runners were Phoebe Shetler, who finished 12th, and Ana Fleming, who finished 15th. The top 15 individuals qualify for state and the top three tams at a qualifying meet.

Thursday was the first time all seven varsity runners were individual qualifiers for Mid-Prairie. The previous best was six in 2017.

Senior Ana Fleming is only the fourth girl in school history to earn four trips to state. If Mid-Prairie wins a fourth consecutive state title next Saturday, she will become just the eighth female athlete in Iowa cross-country history to run on four championship teams.

The record of consecutive championships is five by Iowa City, City High from 1989-1993. Three other teams are tied with four consecutive wins.