The Central College Cross Country Course hosted a strong group of athletes from around the state.
That included two-time Class 2A State Champion Marie Hostetler of Mid-Prairie Wellman.
Hostetler won the small-school 5K race Saturday with a course record time of 18:12 over the hilly terrain. The previous record for the course was set by Hostetler’s sister, Anna in 2017. Anna Hostetler is a previous state champion in cross country as well. Anna finished in 18:42 in 2017.
Her winning time was by over a minute over her closest competitor.
The weather Saturday was ideal for the event. It was partly sunny with temperatures in the low 70s for the start of the varsity girls’ race.
Mid-Prairie won the girls’ small school title with 21 points followed by Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center in second with 59.
The Mid-Prairie Hawks are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A.
The Pella Christian Eagles were fifth in the girls race to the finish line with 126 points.
Showing the way for the PC Eagles was their season long leader, junior Annaliese Admiraal with a run of 22:19 for 10th place overall.
Also turning in a strong effort was Sydney Hooyer in 18th at 23:28.
The first five Eagles to finish were all juniors, the next three, who completed the team scoring for the day were Annika Terpstra at 25:10 in 28th, Mira Ford 32nd at 26:14 and Tessa Brouwer 38th at 27:38.
Coach Mike Buchheit’s squad of Eagles had only five competitors overall.
Odds and Ends
Annaliese, Sydney and Annika have three of the fastest six 5K runs in PC school history with seven weeks left in the season.
Mira Ford is roughly 3.5 minutes ahead of pace from a year ago.
Saturday was Brouwer’s first 5K run.
The Eagles will next compete at the Johnston Invite Thursday, Sept. 12 starting at 5 p.m.
Then it is on to the Oskaloosa Invite, Sept. 17 at Edmundson Park for a 4:30 p.m. start.
Girls Team Scoring
1. Mid-Prairie 21, 2. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center 59, 3. Collins-Maxwell 94, 4. Lynnville-Sully 119, 5. Pella Christian 126, 6. Baxter 150, 7. Woodward-Granger 187, 8. EBF 194.