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Make it 4 straight for Hostetlers, 3 consecutive for Marie

Mid-Prairie clips Williamsburg by single point for Class 2A team championship

Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek

Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler (center) hugs Abbagail Evans after they finished the Class 2A race during the 2019 State Cross Country Championships at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Hostetler won in 17:58.2 and the Golden Hawks won by a single point over rival Williamsburg.  ()
Gazette photo by Jim Slosiarek Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler (center) hugs Abbagail Evans after they finished the Class 2A race during the 2019 State Cross Country Championships at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Hostetler won in 17:58.2 and the Golden Hawks won by a single point over rival Williamsburg. ()
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FORT DODGE — The Hostetler family has developed into a girls’ distance-running dynasty, and there’s no guarantee that Saturday was the conclusion.

Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler breezed to her third consecutive Class 2A girls individual state cross country championship Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

She collapsed just beyond the finish line after completing her race in 17 minutes, 58 seconds, building a winning margin of 41 seconds.

Emotion? Fatigue?

“No, I just have a bad habit of collapsing,” Hostetler said. “My legs give out on me at the end of the race.”

Hostetler’s 1-spot at the top of the team leaderboard helped elevate the Golden Hawks to their third consecutive team title, by the slimmest of margins. Mid-Prairie scored 61 points, Williamsburg tallied 62.

It was the fifth meeting between the teams this season. The Golden Hawks won the first three meetings, then the Raiders prevailed at regionals last week.

“We didn’t have any wiggle room at all,” Mid-Prairie Coach Mark Hostetler (Marie’s father) said. “At the 2-mile mark, I thought we were getting slaughtered.

“Our No. 5 runner (Sydney Yoder) had to have passed 20 people in the last mile. Ana Fleming had been our sixth, fifth, four runner. Today she was No. 2 for us.”

As the teams posed with their trophies, a Williamsburg mom approached a Mid-Prairie dad.

“Pretty swell competition,” she said.

Back to the Hostetlers. Oldest sister Anna was the 2016 2A champion, and Marie has won the next three titles. Eighth-grader Danielle Hostetler was this year’s middle-school state champion.

“I’m sad this is over,” said Marie, who will run for Liberty University next year. “I’m really going to miss my family and my teammates.”

Danville-New London’s Addison Parrot was sixth in 19:20.1.

Dylan Darsidan of Camanche finished in 16:02.0 to win the boys race.

The Danville-New London boys were sixth. Tipton won with 78 points.

STATE CROSS COUNTRY: CLASS 2A

At Fort Dodge (Lakeside Golf Course)

GIRLS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Mid-Prairie 61, 2. Williamsburg 62, 3. Monticello 130, 4. Jesup 169, 5. Guthrie Center ACGC 169, 6. Starmont 179, 7. WC-KP 179, 8. Unity Christian 191, 9. Davis County 196, 10. Cherokee 242, 11. Dike-New Hartford 261, 12. Waukon 262, 13. Tipton 320, 14. Emmetsburg 373, 15. Chariton 391.

Individuals — 1. Marie Hostetler (Mid-Prairie), 17:58; 2. Emily Staal (Springville-Central City), 18:39; 3. Kate Crawford (ACGC), 19:05; 4. Grace Schaefer (Williamsburg), 19:11. 5. Ella Waddle (Panorama), 19:19; 6. Addison Parrott (Danville-New London), 19:20; 7. Kenna Meisgeier (Starmont), 19:20; 8. Emma Althoff (Monticello), 19:22; 9. Amanda Treptow (Jesup), 19:28; 10. Jimena Fierro Perez (West Liberty), 19:39; 11. Natalie O’Connor (Jesup), 19:42; 12. Taylor Kvale (Dike-New Hartford), 19:43; 13. Sarahy Hamman (WC-KP), 19:43; 14. Tylee Sloss (ACGC), 19:44; 15. Ana Fleming (Mid-Prairie), 19:46; 16. Abby Christians (Garner GHV), 19:46; 17. Taylor Winegarden (Williamsburg), 19:49; 18. Mitzi Evans (Mid-Prairie), 19:53; 19. Kylie Tjernagel (Roland-Story), 19:56; 20. Megan Rathjen (Williamsburg), 19:58.

Mid-Prairie — 1. Marie Hostetler 17:58.2, 11. Ana Fleming 19:46.1, 13. Mitzi Evans 19:53.7, 15. Abbagail Evans 20:07.5, Sydney Yoder 20:31.6, Angelina Evans 20:59.6, Jaden Yoder 31:15.3

BOYS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Tipton 78, 2. Des Moines Christian 82, 3. Monticello 106, 4. Albia 151, 5. Davis County 174, 6. Danville-New London 183, 7. Williamsburg 186, 8. South Hardin 200, 9. Camanche 237, 10. Grundy Center GCGR 239, 11. Western Christian 253, 12. Okoboji 257, 13. North Fayette Valley 279, 14. GLR-Central Lyon 307, 15. Treynor 307.