Mid-Prairie held their Golden Hawk invite last night for some area cross country teams, and it was the Mid-prairie boys who were the champions, while the girls were second to Muscatine.
Jake O’Donnell finished first for the boys team, running 18:08, and he was the runner-up in the meet.
Other scorers were Jared Draper who finished fifth, Ty Feigenspan in 11th, Evan Wild in 12th, and Zeb Schwarts in 16th. Wyatt Cady and Caleb Miller were not in the scores, but were 17th and 18th respectively.
Mid-Prairie won the meet with 42 points and Highland was second with 48 points.
O’Donnell spoke after the meet about his goal for the race.
“Basically I just wanted to go at the mile at 5:50, and I checked my watch at the mile and I did it,” O’Donnell said.
On the girl’s side of things, Mallory McArtor was the meet runner-up and first runner for the Golden Hawks in a time of 16:51.
Other scorers for the girls were Taylor Foster in fifth, Summer Gracey in ninth, Hannah Van roekel in 12th, Maddie Zahradnek in 14th and Leah Parrott in 19th.
Mallory McArtor talked after her race about the team’s performance.
“Our team performance was great, it was our home meet, everyone did really well and knew that they had to do, their familiar with the course and all of our girls finished their best tonight,” McArtor said.
Muscatine won the girls meet with 34 points, while Mid-Prairie finished second with 42 and IMS was fourth with 87.
Head coach Mark Hostedler spoke after the meet about what his team still needs to work on in the coming weeks and practices.
“Well one thing I’ve been concerned about is that everyone seems to still be sore from early on running meets in spikes and that make their calves sore,” Hostedler said. “When that goes away I think their times will get better, and I think we need to work on speed, I think the endurance is coming around, but do it gradually, not try and hurry.”
Mid-Prairie runs again next Monday.