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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 24, 2017

Three area runners make All-GTNS XC teams

Mertens, Ryon represent MP, Brown selected from Danville-New London
Nov 07, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Cody Mertens

By GTNS sports staff

 

This was the year for young stars to rise on the Henry County cross-country scene. Even with Pekin and Mid-Prairie having stellar years as a team, three Henry County runners were able to slip into one of the most elite All-GTNS teams in recent memory.

Two Mt. Pleasant runners and one from Danville-New London did well enough to crack the teams, which are made up of seven of the most successful runners in both boys’ and girls’ cross-country.

Coach: Mark Hostetler, Mid-Prarie: The Mid-Prairie cross-country teams did so well this year that coach Mark Hostetler is our All-GTNS coach for both the girls’ and boys’ team.

Hostetler’s girls won the Class 2A state championship by seven points, tallying three top-10 individuals along the way.

The boys’ team had three top 15 individuals to finish second place as a team, giving Coach Hostetler two top-two results in Ft. Dodge.

GIRLS

Marie Hostetler, Sophomore, Mid-Prairie: After a second place finish at last year’s state meet, Marie flipped the script on her sister, Anna, and captured the State title this year in a time of 17:51. Marie placed first in seven of nine meets run this season. The other two were second-place finishes to Anna.

Anna Hostetler, Senior, Mid-Prairie: Returning State Champion Anna battled her sister, Marie, all season and eventually took home a second place medal from the state meet in a time of 18:06. She finished the season with nine top two finishes including capturing the District title.

Ana Fleming, Freshman, Mid-Prairie: Fleming ended her outstanding freshman campaign with a tenth place finish at the State Meet in a season low time of 19:43. She had nine top-10 finishes including seven in the top five.

Abby Ryon, Sophomore, Mt. Pleasant: After making her debut at state in 2016, Abby Ryon put together an even better encore presentation in 2017.

Ryon finished second in the Southeast Conference race in Ft. Madison, qualified for her second state meet in two years and cracked the top 20 at state for the first time. She was the top SEC runner at the state meet, finishing 18th place in 19:28.6.

Ashley Bloomquist, Junior, Fairfield: This fall alone, Ashley Bloomquist has lettered in both football as a manager and in cross country as an individual state qualifier, while being named to the SEC all-academic team in both sports. She qualified for State as well as a sophomore, finishing 33rd overall with a time of 20:04, earning her a GTN all-cross country team inclusion in 2016. In 2017, she improved her time and place as a junior for the Trojans, finishing 21st with a time of 19:33.7, earning her a second GTN all-area selection.

Remi Duwa Sophomore, Pekin: Only a sophomore, Remi Duwa is already making her second appearance on the GTN all-area cross country team. As a freshman, she was selected thanks to her 13th place finish overall at the state meet with a time of 20:26, helping her team finish third in the state. In 2017, Duwa ran a slightly slower race, but increased her place, finished 10th in Class 1A with a time of 20:32.3 while leading her team to a second consecutive top-10 finish at the state meet.

Lexi Brown, Junior, Danville-New London: Lexi Brown played a huge part in getting the Danville-New London team to State this season.

The New London junior placed third at the state qualifier in Iowa City to lead the team to a team qualification by just two points.

At the state meet, Brown led the team again, finishing in 29th place with a time of 20:41, which gave Danville-New London enough of a boost to finish 12th in the 2A state team standings.

BOYS

Cody Mertens, Junior, Mt. Pleasant: Mt. Pleasant’s Cody Mertens seems to get a little better each year.

This season, Mertens stepped up to lead the Panther team to a Southeast Conference championship and won the SEC meet for the first time in his career.

At the state meet, Mertens topped his best time again, finishing eighth overall in 16:26.

Peyton Miller, Senior, Mid-Prairie: Miller earned five top ten finishes during his senior campaign including third at Districts in a time of 17:21 and then went to State and took 30 seconds off his previous season low time to finish in 16:46 and a ninth-place finish.

Floyd Evans, Senior, Mid-Prairie: Evans finished his senior year with top-three finishes in every meet of the regular season. He captured a first-place finish at the district meet in a time of 17:21 and tenth place at the state meet in a season low time of 16:47.

Zach Pettit, Senior, Mid-Prairie: From the first meet of the season time of 18:21, to a season best time of 17:03 to earn an 18th-place state meet finish, Pettit shaved over a minute off his time. He raced to 4 top-10 finishes on the season.

Colton Glosser, Sophomore, Pekin: As a freshman in 2016, Glosser finished third on the team and 17th overall with a time of 17:36 at the state cross country meet for Pekin’s Class 1A boy’s runner-up squad. Colton was ranked 14th in the state at Class 1A for 2017 and qualified third from Pekin’s regional run at Ottumwa with a time of 17:36. He improved his time at the 2017 state meet running 17:18.6, good for 18th place overall and first on the Panthers. Glosser was also named to the SEISC all-academic team.

Isaiah Wittrock, Senior, Pekin: Pekin’s senior leader has improved his place and time each of the last three state meets, culminating with a top 20 finish in his final race last month. Wittrock finished 37th in 2015 with a time of 18:21.9; 31st in 2016 in 17:52.7; and 19th this season shaving another 30 plus seconds off of his previous season’s time at 17:19.7. Wittrock has been recognized by the SEISC as an all-academic athlete all four years.

Brennan Horak, Senior, Washington: Horak was the first Boys Cross Country State Qualifier for Washington in 18 years. He earned six top ten finishes on the season and had a season best time of 17:35 at the State Qualifying Meet. Horak finished 95th at State.

The All-GTNS cross-country teams were selected by Justin Webster of the Fairfield Daily Ledger, Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News and Matt Bryant of the Washington Evening Journal.

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