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Mid-Prairie runs roughshod over RVC

Mid-Prairie’s Danielle Hostetler competes in the varsity girls race at the River Valley conference cross-country meet at Monticello High School on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Mid-Prairie’s Danielle Hostetler competes in the varsity girls race at the River Valley conference cross-country meet at Monticello High School on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
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MONTICELLO — According to Jaden Yoder, freshman Danielle Hostetler brings “a bunch of joy and spunk to our team.”

Joy and spunk. And beaucoup ability.

Hostetler ran away with the girls individual title at the River Valley Conference cross-country championships Tuesday at Monticello High School. And that helped Mid-Prairie do the same with the girls’ team race.

The third Hostetler dynamo to run through the Mid-Prairie program, Hostetler overcame a tender hip to build a 38-second margin of victory, in 18 minutes, 44 seconds.

“It’s something with my growth plate. I can run on it, though,” Hostetler said. “It hurt pretty bad oay, but it’s nothing I can’t run through. I just made sure I didn’t go out too fast.”

Hostetler’s older sisters — Anna, then Marie — were state champions at Mid-Prairie. Danielle is on that path. But she’s hardly the whole story for the Golden Hawks.

The junior trio of Sydney Yoder, Jaden Yoder and Mitzi Evans moved up gradually through the race, finishing second (19:22), third (19:22) and fifth (19:40), respectively. Evans’ time was a personal record and her first time under 20:00 this year. Abby Fleming was 14th in 20:44.

“We definitely work together,” Jaden Yoder said. “Sometimes Sydney will lead us along, sometimes it’s Mitzi, sometimes it’s me.”

Mid-Prairie posted a tidy 24-point team score. Tipton edged Monticello, 74-76, for second.

The Golden Hawks have won the last three Class 2A state titles, and are expected to add to their championship tally in 2 1/2 weeks.

“For one thing, we’re all great friends,” Jaden Yoder said. “There’s some friendly competition there. We have amazing coaches that know what’s best for us.”

With only one runner in the top nine boys, but five in the top 16, Monticello edged Tipton, 55-61, and Mid-Prairie (89) was third.

Jamison Stutsman finished ahead of No. 3 ranked Dylan Darsidan of Comanche.

“It was a masterful piece of tactical racing and really sets Jamie up well for state qualifying and the finish of his career,” M-P assistant coach Aaron Fleming said.

Nathan Wallington (17:31) and Lucas Bontrager (17:35) placed 13th and 14th with Hawk teammates Chandler Hershberger (18:06) 22nd and Mose Yoder (18:54) 35th.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES — 1. Mid-Prairie 24, 2. Tipton 74, 3. Monticello 76, 4. Iowa City Regina 107, 5. Northeast 163, 6. Anamosa 170, 7. Cascade 170, 8. North Cedar 177.

Individuals — 1. Danielle Hostetler (Mid-P), 18:44; 2. Sydney Yoder (Mid-P), 19:22; 3. Jaden Yoder (Mid-P), 19:22; 4. Annalee Bartles (ICR), 19:26; 5. Mitzi Evans (Mid-P), 19:40; 6. Emma Althoff (Monti), 19:41; 7. Emma Ostwinkle (Casc), 20:10; 8. Karle Kramer (Monti), 20:13; 9. Kallie Wallick (Tipton), 20:14; 10. Alivia Evans (Tipton), 20:21.

BOYS TEAM SCORES — 1. Monticello 55, 2. Tipton 61, 3. Mid-Prairie 89, 4. Bellevue 116, 5. Northeast 126, 6. Cascade 159, 7. Anamosa 168, 8. Camanche 173, 9. Iowa City Regina 210, 10. West Liberty 201, 11. North Cedar 316.

Individuals — 1. Brady Griebel (Belle), 15:48; 2. Caleb Shumaker (Tipton), 15:53; 3. Jamison Stutzman (Mid-P), 16:34; 4. Dylan Darsidan (Cam), 16:38; 5. Payton Griebel (Belle), 16:45; 6. Jasper Nietert (Monti), 16:56; 7. Cody Bohlmann (Tipton), 16:56; 8. Ty Nichols (Tipton), 17:12; 9. Andrew Butt (Cam), 17:17; 10. Zach Chapman (Monti), 17:24.