Today would have been Day 2 at state

Mid-Prairie's Hostetler, Highland's Yahnke could have been claimed titles

Highland’s Emily Yahnke lands in the long jump pit last year at the Sigourney track meet. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
Highland’s Emily Yahnke lands in the long jump pit last year at the Sigourney track meet. (Doug Brenneman/Union)

Today would have been the second day of the 2020 Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa girls High School Athletic Union track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Unfortunately, the spring track season was run over and eliminated by the fear of the coronavirus.

The Iowa track world missed the chance to see Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler almost single-handedly win a Class 2A team title again and defend her individual titles in the 3,000- and 1,500-meter races and anchor the Golden Hawks’ victorious distance medley relay. Her only setback was in the 800-meter run, placing second for eight points to go with the 30 points accumulated in the other races. The Golden Hawks won the 2019 team title with 48 points. Aplington-Parkersburg was second with 39 points.

A Liberty University signee, Hostetler has accumulated five state track titles (three in individual events, two in relays), plus five second-place finishes (three in which she finished behind older sister Anna Hostetler), a third and a fifth. She helped lead the Golden Hawks to a 2A state title in 2018 and a second in 2017.

“She had a fantastic prep career with many records while helping continue the tradition in our program,” Mid-Prairie girls coach Chris Tyler said. “We were definitely looking forward to this season and state, but we will never know! The kids have done a great job taking the life lessons away from this all.”

Two other senior girlss were vital for Mid-Prairie.

Abbagail Evans would have most likely been at the state meet this year in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, and open 400.

“She absolutely loves track and works incredibly hard,” Tyler said. “She will be attending Iowa next year for BioMedical Engineering.”

Angelina Evans’ most likely state events this year may have been the 1500 and 4x800.

“She has such a positive impact on the team and is a great leader,” Tyler said. “She will attend Iowa next year for Geographic Information Systems.”

Mid-Prairie boys coach Dain Jeppson said his seniors at state and their events would have been Jack Baker in the shot put and discus, Brad Tornow, Jacob Nonnemann and Shaylon Graber in the 4X800 and Logan Harmsen in the 4X200.

Another possible state champion could have been Highland’s Emily Yahnke. Yahnke would have returned to the state meet this season to compete in the long jump and 100 meter dash at the minimum.

“She’s been a long jump state champion and runner up, so missing out on seeing her compete in the long jump her senior year is tough,” Highland coach Angela Stroebel said. “Hopefully, we could have gotten a relay in with her as well.”

Stroebel mentioned other seniors that would have been successful at state.

“Zach Lasek was in the right mind-set to qualify and compete in the throwing events at the state meet, especially the discus.

“Kaylee Rath had the skills to qualify in the throwing events as well.

“Alli Brand has been competitive in the 3200 and I would have looked for her to do well at the state qualifier in that event.

“It would have been my hope that several senior gentlemen could have been put together into some successful relays, too. Runners Mason McFarland, Bryce Waters, Bryan Redlinger, William Laughlin and Cole Adamson could have made for some competitive relay teams.

“I had a great group of seniors this year that would have had success in track and field had the season continued,” Stroebel said.

Pekin always shows well at the state track meet and coach Davie Eidahl expected no different this season with senior boys Dayne Eckley (100, 4x1, 4x2, Sprint Medley), Kennan Winn (sprinter), hurdler Devin Fraisse, Colten Glosser (1600, 3200), high jumpers Nick Tschudy and Matt Long and Dustin Adams.

Eckley has a lot of state experience with a second place in the distance medley, a third in the 4x1 and a fifth in the 4x2 his freshman year, As a sophomore, he was part of a state title in the distance medley, second in the sprint medley, third in the 4x1 and fourth in the 4x2. His junior year yielded a third in the 4x1, fourth in the 4x2 and a fifth in the distance medley.

Winn also has been at state three years. His junior year saw him third in the 4x1, fourth in the 4x2 and fifth in the distance medley.

Fraise was part of the fourth-place shuttle hurdle team last year.

The Pekin girls seniors included Emilee Linder and Cate Roth, who were state champions as freshman in the 4x1, as well as Cari Duwa and Remi Duwa, who ran on two fifth place 4x800 teams as freshmen and as juniors.

Columbus coach Steve Riley said, “We were planning to put together an outstanding distance medley relay team including seniors Angel Hernandez (200 meters), Felix Solis (200), and Jaime Villegas (400), with junior Will Schwab anchoring (800). Angel, Felix and Jaime were outstanding athletes for Columbus for six years, and we are heartbroken that they didn’t get the chance to qualify for the state track meet. They are great kids, and we wish them the best.”

Columbus had no senior girls.

Hillcrest coach Marty Gingerich had two state qualifiers last year but did not see any seniors going this season.

Keota’s JD Stout would have competed on the sprint medley relay, the 4x200 relay and the distance medley relay.

“He ran at state the last three years,” Eagles coach Dan Stout said. “He was looking forward to competing there for the fourth straight year.”