Mid-Prairie boys and McArtor headed to state
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — After finishing fourth at the state-qualifying meet the last two years, the Mid-Prairie boys’ cross-country team snapped that streak this year.
The unranked Golden Hawks took second place at Monday’s Class 2A state-qualifying meet at the Cedarcrest Golf and Country Club, earning a trip to Fort Dodge.
Mid-Prairie totaled 98 points, edging No. 13 Albia by two points and finishing 11 points ahead of fourth-ranked Northeast. The Golden Hawks finished only behind seventh-ranked Tipton, which won the meet with 56 points.
Sophomore Jared Draper took 10th place in 17:30 to lead the Golden Hawks. Draper began the race patiently, and then moved up about 30 places over the race’s last two miles.
Freshman Ryan Errthum finished 14th in 17:40, and senior Jake O’Donnell crossed the finish line two seconds later in 15th place. Junior Zeb Schwartz came in 27th in 18:09, and junior Ty Feigenspan’s 32nd-place finish in 18:25 rounded out the scoring. Junior Evan Wild finished 36th in 18:33, and junior Wyatt Cady was 45th in 18:54.
Mid-Prairie senior Mallory McArtor, who qualified for the state cross-country meet last fall as an individual, is headed back after taking third place at Monday’s meet. McArtor, who is ranked 24th individually in Class 2A, blew past five runners in the race’s final 150 meters to take third place in 16:55.
McArtor finished only behind Danville-New London’s Cassandra Stuflick, who is ranked fourth in Class 2A and won the race in 15:48, and Northeast’s Alenna Marcucci, who edged McArtor for second place by a fraction of a second.
McArtor led the Golden Hawk girls to a fourth-place finish at the meet, as Mid-Prairie totaled 109 points. Top-ranked Northeast won the meet with 34 points, and Mediapolis scored 82 points to edge seventh-ranked Davis County by six points for second place.
Senior Tayler Foster came in 21st in 18:18, and freshman Hannah Van Roekel crossed the finish line two seconds later in 22nd place. Freshman Beth Chmelar finished 29th in 18:52, and freshman Maddie Zahradnek’s 34th-place finish in 19:12 rounded out the scoring. Senior Leah Parrott came in 51st in 20:29, and senior Summer Gracey crossed the finish line 15 seconds later in 54th place.
The Columbus girls took seventh place at the meet, which was held on the Wildcats’ home course. Senior Caitlin Chaney came in 24th in 18:22 to lead Columbus, and junior Taylor Hills was 26th in 18:36. Freshmen Ashley Canny and Grace Chapman finished 40th and 41st, respectively. Canny crossed the finish line in 19:39, and Chapman finished four seconds later. Junior Yvette Aguilar’s 47th-place finish in 20:04 rounded out the scoring. Sophomore Claire Hamilton finished 50th in 20:35, and junior Rebeca Neri was 62nd in 23:07.
The Wildcat boys finished 11th at the meet. Junior Efrain Barajas finished 20th in 17:52 to lead Columbus. Freshman Josh Keller came in 58th in 19:30, and junior Eli Sents crossed the finish line one second and one spot later. Junior Dalton Howell ran his best time on the Cedarcrest Golf and Country Club course, finishing 67th in 20:01. Senior Mitchell Roush rounded out the scoring with his 75th-place finish in 20:55. Senior Omar Benitez finished 83rd in 22:30, and freshman Adrian Santos was 87th in 23:17.