Prep Track and Field

Anna Hostetler anchors Mid-Prairie to 2A state track distance medley win

Tipton's Jamie Kofron claims shot put gold

Mid-Prairie’s Anna Hostetler (facing camera) gets hugs from teammates bringing in the victory running the anchor leg in the class 2A distance medley relay at the 2018 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Mid-Prairie won in 4:10.96. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Mid-Prairie’s Anna Hostetler (facing camera) gets hugs from teammates bringing in the victory running the anchor leg in the class 2A distance medley relay at the 2018 Iowa High School Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Mid-Prairie won in 4:10.96. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Mid-Prairie’s Anna Hostetler wasn’t in the lead pack of the Class 2A girls’ distance medley when she got the baton for the 800-meter anchor leg Friday at the state track and field meet.

She steadily worked her way to the lead pack at Drake Stadium in the first 400 meters.

In the second 400 meters, she began passing teams, one-by-one.

Hostetler brought Mid-Prairie from sixth when she got the baton, all the way to a first-place finish. Mid-Prairie won with a time of 4:10.96. Hostetler ran her final leg in 2:13.

“I wanted to go out there and just try,” Hostetler said. “I may not be able to do it, but I wanted to try and do it for my team and do it for these ladies — I’m so proud of them, they ran so awesome.”

Mid-Prairie’s team consisted of Amber Swart, Cassidy Rourke, Marie Hostetler and Anna.

The team’s win kept Mid-Prairie in first place with 26 team points.

Tipton is in fifth with 18 team points. All of the points have come via thrower Jamie Kofron.

After finishing second in the shot put on Thursday, Kofron placed first in the discus on Friday with a throw of 140 feet, 5 inches. Second place was Regan Plendl of KP-WC, whose best throw was 130-10.

“It’s not quite my best — I blame the heat,” Kofron said with a laugh. “It wasn’t quite my best, but I was feeling good and it was clicking today, which is always good to have, especially at the state meet.”

Her best throw came at the Drake Relays three weeks ago. She threw the discus 143 feet, and she felt like she had a target on her back.

“When I was a freshman and there were those top few in the state, every night at dinner we would talk about them,” Kofron said. “Knowing how much I talked about those other girls and looked up to those other girls, I just want to be worthy of the people looking up to me.”

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