Prep Sports

Heat ends Cedar Rapids Prairie cross country invitational prematurely

Marie Hostetler, Kolby Greiner win individual titles; Waukee rules team races

CEDAR RAPIDS — Heat affects different runners in different ways. And nobody is immune, regardless of talent level or experience.

“It was really difficult out there,” Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler said after winning the girls’ race at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational cross country meet Saturday morning. “I could really tell during the last loop.”

Hostetler and Iowa City West’s Kolby Greiner captured the individual titles and Waukee swept the team crowns. But, as is often the case at Prairie’s early-season meet, the weather was the story.

Early-morning fog surrendered to the sun around 10 a.m., and the temperature zoomed upward quickly. By the time the varsity races began, it was 80 degrees with 80-percent humidity. The JV races, scheduled to follow the varsity competition, were cancelled.

According to a statement released by Cedar Rapids public safety communications coordinator Greg Buelow, “18 patients were treated (at Prairie), five requiring transport to local hospitals. None appeared to have life-threatening illnesses.”

Prairie had more than 50 volunteers on site, and an ambulance on stand-by.

“The emergency planning conducted by College Community Schools in preparation of this event helped mitigate more serious issues that could have developed when several participants showed signs of heat-related illness,” Buelow said.

A junior and the defending 2A state champion, Hostetler raced to the lead early and finished in 18:53, 10 seconds ahead of Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet.

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“I know Micah likes to go out hard, so I did too,” Hostetler said. “I thought I’d better get as much of a lead as I could because I don’t have a great kick.

“There’s always that wall when you run, and my goal is to get through that wall.”

Greiner emerged from a pack of four in the second half of the boys’ race and earned his second straight Prairie title in 16:35. Prairie’s Jack Pendergast was next, in 16:56.

“Jack’s a good friend; we roomed together at a camp in Wisconsin last year,” Greiner said. “We pushed each other really well today.”

Greiner suffered through a pain-filled junior season, suffering a fracture in his spine in June 2017.

“I ran all 10 races last year, and it was really tough,” he said. “But now I’m fully healed and feel like I’m in really good shape.”

Pendergast’s runner-up finish staked the Prairie boys to second place. Waukee placed four in the top 13 and scored 56 points, then it was Prairie (127), Cedar Falls (142) and West (150). Jacob Green of Cedar Rapids Kennedy placed third.

On the girls’ side, Waukee had four top-10 runners for a 35-point tally. The Warriors were followed by Mid-Prairie (119), Cedar Falls (124) and Prairie (158).

GIRLS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Waukee 35, 2. Mid-Prairie 119, 3. Cedar Falls 124, 4. C.R. Prairie 158, 5. Linn-Mar 173, 6. C.R. Washington 191, 7. Solon 205, 8. Cascade 249, 9. Mason City 256, 10. C.R. Kennedy 259, 11. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 283, 12. Marion 291, 13. Muscatine 314, 14. Monticello 366, 15. Western Dubuque 376, 16. C.R. Xavier 394, 17. Davenport West 406, 18. Anamosa 418.

Individuals — 1. Marie Hostetler (M-Pr), 18:53; 2. Micah Poellet (LM), 19:03; 3. Peyton Kelderman (Waukee), 20:06; 4. Reagan Gorman (CRW), 20:09; 5. Madison Judas (Waukee), 20:32; 6. Kendall White (CRP), 20:44; 7. Sydney Schaffer (Waukee), 20:48; 8. Lindsey Kelderman (Waukee), 20:56; 9. Chloe Skidmore (LM), 21:02; 10. Aubrey Frey (MVL), 21:30.

C.R. Prairie — 6. White, 18. Hailey Cooper, 21:56; 35. Carli Reittinger, 22:28; 45. Laurdyn Meyer, 22:56; 72. Riley Coutler, 23:49.

Linn-Mar — 2. Poellet, 9. Skidmore, 27. Lilly Geelan, 22:19; 56. Sarah Murphy, 23:19; 100. Emma Kelley, 24:56.

C.R. Washington — 4. Gorman, 37. Mary Cline, 22:37; 52. Libby Wickham, 23:04; 60. Maggie Gorman, 23:21; 63. Emma Westphalen, 23:24.

C.R. Kennedy — 21. Grace Walker, 21:59; 49. Bethany Smeed, 22:59; 65. Briana McLaughlin, 23:28; 75. Olivia Hamblin, 23:51; 86. Emily Fusselman, 24:31.

Marion — 23. Hallie Kephart, 22:08; 25. Corrina Dittmer, 22:14; 87. Peyton Steffen, 24:35; 91. Avery Manderscheid, 24:39; 102. Leah Fitch, 25:02.

C.R. Xavier — 19. Hannah Denman, 21:58; 81. Lindsey Dunlay, 24:08; 110. Kathryn Cosgrove, 25:22; 126. Maggie Stutzman, 25:51; 136. Hannah Dake, 26:14.

BOYS RESULTS

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Teams — 1. Waukee 56, 2. C.R. Prairie 127, 3. Cedar Falls 142, 4. Iowa City West 150, 5. Clear Creek Amana 170, 6. C.R. Kennedy 171, 7. Western Dubuque 210, 8. Marion 210, 9. Linn-Mar 252, 10. Muscatine 254, 11. C.R. Washington 278, 12. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 292, 13. Mason City 307, 14. Davenport West 324, 15. Monticello 395, 16. C.R. Xavier 444, 17. Fort Madison 482, 18. Solon 487, 19. Mid-Prairie 491, 20. Cascade 593, 21. Maquoketa 625.

Individuals — 1. Kolby Greiner (ICW), 16:35; 2. Jack Pendergast (CRP), 16:56; 3. Jacob Green (CRK), 17:04; 4. Moe Smith (Waukee), 17:11; 5. Colton LaGrange (CRP), 17:16; 6. Dylan Dolezal (LM), 17:25; 7. Paul Schneidermann (CRW), 17:32; 8. Brandon Conrad (CF), 17:38; 9. Travis Loecke (Waukee), 17:45; 10. Brandon Barker (CCA), 17:49.

C.R. Prairie — 2. Pendergast, 5. LaGrange, 21. Ryan Neubauer, 18:20; 46. Carlo Dannenfelser, 18:48; 53. McKade Adams, 18:53.

Iowa City West — 1. Greiner, 11. Yusif Salama, 17:56; 43. Kenneth Wilbur, 18:45; 47. Alexander Wang, 18:48; 48. Raymond Yang, 18:49.

C.R. Kennedy — 3. Green, 33. Lucas Middlekauff, 18:39; 40. Wesley Jackson, 18:44; 41. Sean Casey, 18:45; 54. Jaxson Hornett, 18:54.

Marion — 17. Harrison Vanderlinden, 18:10; 24. Gaven Hiler, 18:24; 28. Tanner Shindelar, 18:30; 52. Will Hernandez, 18:53; 92. Matt Brase, 20:04.

Linn-Mar — 6. Dolezal, 27. Cadin Evans, 18:29; 49. Noah Gilkes, 18:50; 86. Noah Keller, 19:47; 88. Jacob Derr, 19:51.

C.R. Washington — 7. Schneidermann, 50. Ethan Stout, 18:51; 55. Lewis Kleman, 18:55; 67. Max Locher, 19:28; 103. Bryan Ennis, 20:16.

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C.R. Xavier — 38. Jack Renning, 18:43; 81. Grayson Walther, 19:41; 110. Nathan Hagarty, 20:29; 113. Collin Musick, 20:31; 121. Grant Schnoebelen, 20:43.

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