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Mid-Prairie Cross Country competes in Cedar Rapids

Aug 29, 2017

Submitted by Aaron Fleming


Mid-Prairie cross country opened the season at Cedar Rapids Prairie on Saturday, August 26. Girls team:

The girls race featured nearly ten ranked teams from class 2, 3, and 4A - including class 4A’s #3 ranked team in Cedar Falls - and many ranked individuals, in what may be the top-to-bottom most difficult meet we run all season. In that setting we were very excited about what the girls were able to accomplish competitively, tying Waukee for third place. It was especially gratifying to be able to beat Monticello for the first time in program history; Monticello is the 2A defending state champion with all seven of their varsity girls back from last year’s championship squad. It is a big honor to be competitive with a program that is so rich in history and tradition, and we anticipate several more exciting matchups with them over the season that will push both teams.

Anna and Marie Hostetler finished 1-2 as they did in every meet last season, though this year they ran 40 and 60 seconds faster, respectively. They have set the tone for the team’s summer training, and the training paid off for everyone else too. Freshman Ana Fleming made her high school debut in 12th place, well ahead of class 2A’s seventh ranked runner. Abbagail Evans improved 45 seconds year-to-date, while Moriah Brase rounded out the team scoring with an astounding 6 minute year-to-date improvement. Kessa Jones and Kate Cavanagh rounded out the varsity squad, demonstrating the complete team improvement over last year by posting times 20 seconds faster than our fourth runner ran last year.

This group of girls met together nearly every morning all summer long, and it is very exciting to see such strong team chemistry so early in the season, and to see their hard work paying off as they match up with some of the top teams in the state.

Boys team:

The boys’ field was just as packed with talent and tradition as the girls race, including class 4A’s top ranked runner and class 3A’s top ranked team and defending champion Mount Vernon-Lisbon. Our boys set their sights on Mount Vernon-Lisbon, and while we came up a little bit short, we were able to beat them in the 4 and 5 runner positions, which is an early indication that this year’s team will once again have tight pack running as its biggest strength; the boys are already looking forward to a rematch at the Solon meet in a few weeks.

We did finish ahead of Clear Creek-Amana, another ranked 3A team, and they are a team that we will see a number of times over the season; they are a program on the rise, and they will offer us plenty of tests as the season goes on.

Floyd Evans led the team with a strong early-season time, and he did it with perfect pacing, running each of his three miles in exactly 5:37; it looks like we’ll need to challenge him to take off faster in the first mile and see if he can keep the pacing at a faster pace. Peyton Miller and Zach Petit, who both have a top-10 preseason ranking, also ran well and helped lead the team to some solid year-to-date improvements; they were just seconds apart at the state meet last year and will be a big key to this year’s success.

Quinn Schmidt had a nice improvement too, and senior Cary Schaefer had a great debut in his first-ever cross country race; Schaefer is a tough-minded runner we’ve noticed in track the last several years, and his attitude and work ethic are a big asset to the team.

Junior Miles Burrows worked very hard over the summer to earn a spot on the varsity squad early in the season and got things off with a nice sub-19 minute race.

Senior David Fleming has come back from injuries that cut short his junior campaign and is eager to contribute to the team. With five seniors on the squad, this team is very experienced and mature, very coachable and fun to work with.

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