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Neighbors Growing Together | May 30, 2017

Successful first day of state track meet

By Bill Gatchel | May 19, 2017
Washington’s Hannah Anderson runs down the track in the 100-meter dash Thursday, May 18.

DES MOINES — It was a good first day for area athletes at the state track meet Thursday, May 18, as schools in the Washington County area were well-represented on the track and in field events.

The only Washington runner taking part was Hannah Anderson in the preliminary round 100-meter dash.

She finished the event with a time of 12.34 taking fifth place. She qualified to run in the finals Saturday, May 20.

Smaller schools from across the area saw athletes end the day with top finishes.

On the Mid-Prairie girls’ team, sisters Anna and Marie Hostetler earned their third first- and second-place finishes of the school year as they won the 3000-meter run.

Not only did the pair set new personal records, they broke the meet record set in 2010.

Anna had a time of 9:47.52 and Marie ended the race with a time of 9:52.50.

Anna said after the race that she has to push herself when running knowing there is a chance to get a win.

“I just have to do what I’ve done in all the meets,” she says. “It helps me know that this is the same race I’ve run all year. With Marie right there, I knew I couldn’t settle. It definitely helps.”

When asked about the top finishes she has earned this year, she is excited, but is humble at the same time.

“It speaks a lot of my family, coaches and teammates who help me and push me and tell me that I can do it even when I get scared,” Anna says. “They keep telling me, ‘you can do this.’”

When the two run together, they help set the pace for each other, Anna says. “Sometimes I will set it, but then at times she will come up and help set the pace.”

Anna broke the previous state record by 23 seconds, and she had that goal in mind when coming to the meet.

“It’s super exciting,” she says. “It was my goal to come here and do that. To do it with Marie right behind me is even better. It’s just as exciting to get to run my personal best as well.”

The two joined Abby Tornow and Kate Cavanagh in the 4x800-meter relay. The foursome ran the event in 9:33.36, to finish in second place.

On the boys’ side, senior Levi Duwa threw the shot put 56 feet 11 1/4 inches to finish in fifth place.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Andrew Schwartz, Marshal Teets, Cary Schaefer and Peyton Miller had a time of 8:07.97 to take third place in the event.

Terrhyn Jacoby ended the 100-meter dash preliminary event in 12th place with a time of 11.42 seconds.

WACO’s Cornell Hulme ran the preliminary 100-meter dash in 11.29 taking seventh place and qualified to run in the finals Saturday, May 20.

The shuttle hurdle relay team of Hulme, Jackson Roth, Beau Beckler and Colton Horak had a time of 1:00.95 in the preliminary round.

They finished in sixth place and will run in the finals Saturday.

From Keota, Jacob Wickenkamp ran the preliminary 100-meter dash in 11.28 seconds.

He finished the event in sixth place and will run in the finals Saturday. He finished the preliminary 200-meter dash event in ninth place with a time of 23.16.

Suzanna Yoder was the lone athlete to represent IMS. She finished the 400-meter dash in 13th place with a time of 1:02.55.

Emily Yahnke from the Highland girls’ team took part in the long jump. She went a distance of 16 feet 1/4 inch to take 11th place.

Kelsey Hora ran in the 400-meter dash. She ended the event in 14th place with a time of 1:02.23.

From Columbus, Tommy Pretz finished the long jump competition in 16th place. He went 18 feet 10 1/2 inches.

Ruben Paz ended the preliminary 100-meter dash in 24th place with a time of 11.79. Shania Boyd, from the girls’ team, went 16 feet 4 inches in the long jump to finish in eighth place.

Many more events are happening for area athletes today, May 19, and tomorrow, May 20. Look for results in Monday’s Journal.

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