DES MOINES — Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler won the first 2019 Iowa high school state track and field title in dominant fashion.
Hostetler defended her 3,000-meter title with a time of 10:12.89 in Thursday morning’s first final at Drake Stadium. The second-place time from Kate Crawford of Guthrie Center ACGC was 10:37.51. Hostetler also lapped four other girls in her title defense.
Despite the convincing win, Hostetler didn’t actually feel on top of her game.
“I didn’t feel great during the race,” Hostetler said. “My legs were a little tired but I did what I needed to do. I had a good start to the weekend.”
What does it prove about her conditioning that she can still dominate despite not feeling good?
“It shows how much work I put in,” Hostetler said. “I have confidence knowing how much work I put in and that helps a lot when you don’t feel your best.”
Hostetler, a junior, ran alongside her sister, Anna Hostetler, who runs at Iowa now, the last two years. It was an adjustment for Marie not having Anna help set the pace with her. Now, Marie is by herself for most of the race.
“It’s definitely a lot different,” Marie said. “I had to learn how to push myself and how to pace. It’s different not having her here.”
She learned how to set the pace herself by still running with her sister to get it ingrained her system, so she doesn’t let up.
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In the girls’ long jump, West Liberty freshman Macy Daufeldt won personal record 17 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
Daufeldt even surprised herself.
“I definitely did not expect this,” she said. “I anticipated myself hopefully in the top three, but winning is just amazing.”
Tipton’s Jamie Kofron, who won back-to-back Drake Relays titles in both discus and shot put, wasn’t able to win the state shot put event Thursday. She finished second with a throw of 42 feet, 11 inches behind Brylie Zeisneiss of South Hardin, who won with a throw of 46 feet, 5 inches.
In the girls’ 3,200-meter relay, Williamsburg’s quartet of Megan Rathjen, Taylor Winegarden, Kendra Eichhorn and Grace Schaefer finished second with a time of 9:45.93 — Western Christian won in a record 9:24.76. Jesup was third and Cascade took fourth.
Panorama leads the team race after day one with 15 points. Aplington-Parkersburg (13) is second, Western Christian (12) third. Mid-Prairie and West Liberty are tied for fourth with South Hardin, five points back.
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