Mid-Prairie 1 point shy of hardware
WILLIAMSBURG — Three top-10 times, two in the top-5, were not enough for Mid-Prairie to bring home a title in the Williamsburg Invite Tuesday among 11 schools.
Vinton-Shellsburg didn’t have a point to spare as it edged Mid-Prairie 59-58.
“It's always a heartbreaker to miss the team championship by a single point, but there are still a lot of positives in the boys’ first effort of the 2013 campaign,” said head coach Mark Hostetler.
Mid-Prairie runner Ryan Errthum took fourth place with a time of 17:40 in the 5K.
“Sophomore Ryan Errthum led the team,” he said. “He is a very mentally disciplined young man who runs with a lot of poise. Last year at this meet our leading runner finished in a time of 18:33; this year three of our boys bettered that mark by at least 30 seconds, and that's a tribute of a lot of hard work and dedication in the offseason,” Hostetler said.
Golden Hawks Jared Draper and Ty Feigenspan weren’t far behind the pace with marks of 17:48 and 18:01, respectively.
“Jared Draper and Ty Feigenspan also cracked the top 10, and any time you can put three runners in the top 10 of a meet you're going to be very competitive” he said.
The rest of the squad helped the team score well without a runner lower than 42nd place.
“Brothers Zebulon and Andrew Schwartz, senior and freshman respectively, rounded out our scoring, while veterans Jonah VanRoekel and Evan Wild completed the varsity squad,” he said. “We know how hard-working and passionate about cross-country Jonah and Evan are, and there's no doubt they'll continue to push their teammates throughout the season.”
The Mid-Prairie girls’ team may have had a sub-par showing in the Williamsburg Invitational, Tuesday, but it did have standout individual performances.
Freshman Abby Tornow showed why big things should be expected from her. She nearly had a top-5 finish at 17:04 in the 4K.
“It’s great to have a freshman runner like Abby come in and have the poise to run so well, finishing as the top freshman in the field and only one of two freshmen to crack the top 10,” said cross-country head coach Mark Hostetler.
Golden Hawks runner Maddi Zahradnek clocked in at 18:18 for 23rd place and Hannah VanRoekel garnered the 26th spot.
“Maddi and Hannah posted significantly faster times than they did a year ago, a reflection on the hard work they put in during the offseason,” Hostetler said.
Mid-Prairie runners Beth Chmelar came in 31st, Calli Shaw 33rd, Greta Schmidt 39th and Grace Chmelar 48th. All of the distance runners helped the squad improve its finish from last season.
“Freshmen Abby Tornow, Calli Shaw, and Greta Schmidt are a great addition to the team, helping our returning veterans move up to a fifth-place team finish, two places better than last year,” Hostetler said.