West's Kolby Greiner has his run of the course

Cross country: Hostetlers dominate; Linn-Mar boys, Cedar Falls girls win team titles

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Out in the “sleeper zone” and in among the crowds, Kolby Greiner ran virtually alone.

A junior at Iowa City West, Greiner trucked away from the field and captured individual honors in the boys’ race of the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning on the College Community Schools campus.

“I wish I would have had a little more competition,” said Greiner, whose finishing time of 16:06 was 41 seconds ahead of the field. “I don’t like running on my own.

“It’s kind of tough out in the sleeper zone at the far end of the course. There’s nobody out there.”

Greiner only had himself to blame for his solitude. He got away from the pack relatively early and kept pushing the margin.

“This summer I have been doing a lot of 10K training,” he said. “So when you come down to racing 5K, it’s easy money.”

An unseasonably cool morning — 63 degrees at race time with cloudy skies and sprinkles — made for ideal racing conditions.

“I looked at the weather app on my phone this morning,” Greiner said. “It said 60 degrees and no wind. I thought, ‘Oh, it’s going to be a good day.’”

Linn-Mar was the boys’ team champion, outdueling host Cedar Rapids Prairie, 53-65. The Lions had three top-10 runners: sophomore Dylan Dolezal (third, 16:56), senior Colin Johnston (fifth, 16:58) and junior Trent Long (10th, 17:07).

“We planned on pack running, especially for the first two miles,” Dolezal said. “That’s how we’re going to be expected to run.”

Dolezal is a cross country newcomer. He played football last year.

“I had a good track season, and I enjoy running,” he said. “The coaches wanted me to come out.”

Mid-Prairie sisters Anna and Marie Hostetler led the girls’ field, finishing 1-2 in 18:25 and 18:28.

As is custom, Anna, a senior, pulled away from her sophomore sibling in the final half-mile.

“I’m a little stronger; I have more of a kick right now,” she said.

“We were hoping to be down around 18 minutes, but we’re both about a minute faster than we were at the first meet last year.”

The Hostetler sisters were 1-2 at state last year in the Class 2A race. They paced Mid-Prairie to a fourth-place girls’ finish Saturday in a field that consisted mostly of 4A and 3A competition.

Cedar Falls won it with 60 points. Linn-Mar was second with 90, followed by Waukee and Mid-Prairie (93 each).

Linn-Mar freshmen Micah Poellet (19:18) and Lilly Geelan (19:48) were third and fourth. Paige Holub of Monticello was fifth.

CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL

GIRLS

Teams — 1. Cedar Falls 60, 2. Linn-Mar 90, 3. Waukee 93, 4. Mid-Prairie 93, 5. Monticello 142, 6. Mason City 195, 7. Muscatine 291, 8. Marion 296, 9. Solon 303, 10. Anamosa 303, 11. C.R. Washington 310, 12. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 313, 13. C.R. Xavier 370, 14. C.R. Kennedy 370, 15. Fort Madison 377, 16. North Cedar 388, 17. Western Dubuque 411, 18. C.R. Prairie 415, 19. Clear Creek Amana 528, 20. Davenport West 573, 21. Maquoketa 634.

Individuals — 1. Anna Hostetler (Mid-P), 18:25; 2. Marie Hostetler (Mid-P), 18:28; 3. Micah Poellet (LM), 19:18; 4. Lilly Geelan (LM), 19:48; 5. Paige Holub (Monti), 20:02; 6. Sydney Schaffer (Waukee), 20:05; 7. Peyton Kelderman (Waukee), 20:07; 8. Reagan Gorman (CRW), 20:17; 9. Mackenzie Michael (CF), 20:19; 10. Anna Hertz (CF), 20:28.

Linn-Mar — 3. Poellet, 4. Geelan, 22. Chloe Skidmore, 21:08; 29. Rachel Bohnenkamp, 21:22; 35. Abby Van Rheenen, 21:39.

Marion — 25. Hallie Kephart, 21:15; 38. Kelsi Huhndorf, 21:47; 49. Corrina Dittmer, 22:09; 98. Leah Fitch, 23:42; 112. Gabby Foster, 24:09,

C.R. Washington — 8. Gorman, 64. Mary Cline, 22:32; 78. Sydney Mitvalsky, 23:05; 86. Olivia Kennedy, 23:28; 110. Jill Hughes, 24:09.

C.R. Xavier — 56. Ellie Tanko, 22:22; 76. Hannah Denman, 22:55; 90. Rilee Lansing, 23:33; 95. Hannah Dake, 23:38; 96. Claire Iversen, 23:40.

C.R. Kennedy — 51. Olivia Hamblin, 22:15; 67. Kaelyn Ryan, 22:37; 74. Briana McLaughlin, 22:53; 84. Anna Klein, 23:24; 144. Camryn Jeffords, 25:32.

C.R. Prairie — 52. Alissa Neubauer, 22:19; 88. Kirstin Skriver, 23:31; 92. Eady Forrest, 23:36; 101. Megan Grimm, 23:51; 130. Amanda Stallman, 24:42.

BOYS

Teams — 1. Linn-Mar 53, 2. C.R. Prairie 65, 3. Waukee 91, 4. Iowa City West 139, 5. C.R. Kennedy 160, 6. Cedar Falls 208, 7. C.R. Washington 240, 8. C.R. Xavier 254, 9. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 267, 10. Mid-Prairie 291, 11. Davenport West 306, 12. Clear Creek Amana 309, 13. Western Dubuque 333, 14. Anamosa 336, 15. Muscatine 367, 16. Marion 390, 17. Mason City 404, 18. Monticello 418, 19. Fort Madison 477, 20. Solon 597, 21. Maquoketa 684.

Individuals — 1. Kolby Greiner (ICW), 16:06; 2. Moe Smith (Waukee), 16:47; 3. Dylan Dolezal (LM), 16:56; 4. Max Laue (CRP), 16:56; 5. Colin Johnston (LM), 16:58; 6. Brandon Conrad (CF), 17:02; 7. Robert Laue (CRP), 17:02; 8. Andrew Wright (DavW), 17:05; 9. Max Locher (CRW), 17:07; 10. Trent Long (LM), 17:07.

Linn-Mar — 3. Dolezal, 5. Johnston, 10. Long, 17. Johnny Seitz, 17:19; 18. Brycen Snell, 17:19.

C.R. Prairie — 4. M.Laue, 7. R.Laue, 14. Colton LaGrange, 17:12; 19. Mike Jasa, 17:19; 21. Elijah Vlasek, 17:25.

Iowa City West — 1. Greiner, 25. Ethan Goers, 17:30; 35. Ethan Trepka, 17:48; 37. Kyle Sulwer, 17:51; 41. Yousef Salama, 17:56.

C.R. Kennedy — 11. Jackson Foley, 17:11; 13. Jacob Green, 17:11; 26. Lucas Middlekauff, 17:30; 38. Sean Casey, 17:54; 72. Matt Knox, 18:45.

C.R. Washington — 9. Locher, 20. Paul Schneidermann, 17:19; 50. Lewis Kleman, 18:05; 51. Caleb Kleman, 18:07; 110. Bryan Ennis, 19:25.

C.R. Xavier — 31. John Pape, 17:37; 46. Jonathan Lansing, 18:02; 56. Nolan Pithan, 18:14; 58. Jack Renning, 18:20; 63. Joe Scieszinski, 18:31.

Marion — 29. Harrison Landerlinden, 17:34; 68. Cole Hemann, 18:39; 89. Connor Bjornsen, 18:59; 101. Matthew Brase, 19:16; 103. Tanner Shindelar, 19:19.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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