Hawks girls' team fishes 2nd, Boys 3rd
IOWA CITY — Six days following two first place finishes at the Golden Hawk cross-country Invitational, Mid-Prairie had another solid outing at the Clear Creek Amana Invite, Monday, while Columbus wasn’t far behind.
The girls’ team came in second with 69 points, 42 behind Vinton-Shellsburg.
Freshman Abby Tornow continued her strong first-year campaign with her best time of the year in the 4K.
Sophomores Maddi Zahradnek and Beth Chmelar finished above 18 minutes for the first time this season.
Freshman Greta Schmidt continues to show well for her class.
“Greta Schmidt was under 18:30 for the first time, a very strong race for her,” said head coach Mark Hostetler. “We asked the girls to work hard on running tougher in the second mile of the race, and they responded well to that challenge. They are a very young squad, so as they gain skill in pushing themselves in the second mile their times will continue to come down. They are a smart and disciplined squad and very responsive to coaching, and their confidence is growing with every meet. “
The boys’ team took home third place with 57 points, eight away from second and 14 from the top spot.
Hostelter said the workouts before this race were very strenuous, despite that his team did not have heavy legs for this race.
“The boys ran a tremendously tough workout three days ago and frankly we were expecting them to run tired tonight, but they ran a very strong second mile,” Hostetler said. “That contributed to nearly the whole team running season best times.”
The second mile was a talking point for both teams ahead of the Invite.
“Sophomore Ryan Errthum, junior Jared Draper and senior Zebulon Schwartz all ran their second mile a couple of seconds faster than the first. Runners who can do that get excited as they pass competitors, and the excitement and energy helps them hang on for the last mile.”
Nearly a week after Hostetler said senior Ty Feigenspan didn’t have his best outing, he put up his best time of the year.
“Ty Feigenspan broke 18 minutes for the first time this season, and Zebulon Schwartz is getting close to that mark,” Hostetler said.
The Mid-Prairie squad continues to build depth within the team.
“Sophomore Cade Miller rounded out our scoring,” Hostetler said. “He is a scrappy runner who has become a dependable part of our scoring equation, and his improvement adds a lot of depth to the team.”
The Columbus girls’ side was third among eight schools.
Senior Taylor Hills paced the team with a 10th place finish and a time of 17 minutes and five seconds.
“Taylor was extremely competitive, as was our entire girls’ team,” said head coach Steve Riley. “I’m so happy with the improvement that we showed. We are trying to run our best in the most important meets, which are coming in the next few weeks.”
The boys’ team had one top-20 finish after senior Eli Sents was out of town and senior Efrain Barajas did not participate after experiencing tightness in his calf.
Sophomore Josh Keller was the lead runner in their absence with a 14th place finish with a time of 18:10.
Columbus finished fifth among seven schools.
Editors Note: Mid-Prairie times were not available at deadline.