DES MOINES — The trials and tribulations of track and field have taught Mid-Prairie’s Anna Hostetler a few lessons throughout her life.
The 2018 state meet might have taught her more than any other meet.
On Thursday, she had a disappointing race in the Class 2A 3,000-meter when she finished third. She didn’t respond the way she wanted to when she was passed in that race.
On Saturday, Hostetler turned it around. When she was passed on the last 200 meters of the 800-meter race, she kicked it up a gear to win in 2:15.53
“I just wanted to respond,” Hostetler said. “I was thinking of my dad — I’m not sure where, exactly, he was in the stands, but I wanted to do my best for my family because they really helped me through a lot of things.
“He’s the one that got me started in running and giving me a passion for this sport. He’s my hero. It’s comforting to know he’s there for me.”
In the 1,500-meter run, Hostetler didn’t need to worry about responding when people passed her.
She led wire to wire.
The senior won with a time of 4:42.17. Her sister, Marie, finished second with a time of 4:42.88.
“It’s weird to be done,” Anna said. “I’m excited Marie and I could finish one and two — it’s kind of been a thing, and it hasn’t always stayed that way, but it’s fun to go out and finish that way.”
When the sisters crossed the finish line, they embraced in a big hug.
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Mid-Prairie took home the team title with 60 points thanks to the Hostetler sisters, who scored all 60 of Mid-Prairie’s points — 10 as part of a winning distance medley team.
“Winning was our goal last year and getting runner-up was awesome, but to be able to come back and go out as champions, that’s just awesome,” Anna said. “My team this year has just been amazing.”
Dyersville Beckman finished tied for fourth with 31 points. The Blazers got 20 points Saturday from their hurdlers. Beckman took first the the shuttle hurdle relay.
The team of Brooke Lucas, Addie McDermott, Anika Brehm and Heather Boeckenstedt finished with a time of 1:07.10.
“I love watching Heather run,” said McDermott, who ran the second leg. “I love being at the end and knowing the time at the end and the fell the emotions. It was great when I saw her cross the line.”
Boeckenstedt picked up the other points for Beckman in the 100-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 15.33.
“Our section — all the students, all the parents, all the athletes — are right at the start line, so they’re all smiling at me and calling my name,” Boeckenstedt said. “I wanted to win for them and I can’t wait to see them because they all pushed me so hard this year.”
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