1-2-3 Sweep

Hostetler and Yoder twins find fast pace

By Paul D. Bowker
Posted 10/7/20

Danielle Hostetler ran 5 kilometers Monday.

Then, she did it again.

Battling a nagging hip injury, Hostetler, a freshman at Mid-Prairie, led a one-two-three Golden Hawks sweep in the girls …

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1-2-3 Sweep

Hostetler and Yoder twins find fast pace

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Danielle Hostetler ran 5 kilometers Monday.

Then, she did it again.

Battling a nagging hip injury, Hostetler, a freshman at Mid-Prairie, led a one-two-three Golden Hawks sweep in the girls varsity race at Monday’s Hillcrest Academy Invitational.

Hostetler and twin sisters Jaden and Sydney Yoder, who were all ranked as the state’s top three runners in Class 2A earlier this season, beat out Danville’s Addison Parrott, who is currently the No. 2-ranked runner in the state.

The sweep led the Golden Hawks to the team title with a near perfect score of 27. Six Mid-Prairie runners were among the top 20 finishers.

“The girls had a good solid race,” said Mid-Prairie head coach Mark Hostetler. “They looked good even though some of them said when they came in, they were pretty tired. I knew that. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too bad. I was pleased.”

Jamison Stutzman had a strong race on the boys side, finishing third in a time of 17:24 behind Danville’s Ty Carr and Alexander Julian.

“He moved up slowly throughout the race, didn’t take off too fast,”  Mark Hostetler said. “He ran a really good race.”

Also finishing in the top 20 were Nathan Wallington in 15th place and Lucas Bontrager in 18th.

Nick Saltzman was Lone Tree’s top runner, finishing 38th.

Collin Miller of Hillcrest was 45th.

Hillcrest’s Leah Bontrager finished 26th in the girls race.

But the real story Monday was Danielle Hostetler, a state middle school champion last year who is unbeaten in four varsity races this fall. 

She put in 5 kilometers during a 20-minute workout Monday afternoon at home on a treadmill. She didn’t decide until 20 minutes before the start of Monday’s race that she would even compete on Hillcrest’s challenging hilly course that begins and ends with steep climbs.

“We found some spikes and put some cushions in them,” said Mark Hostetler, her dad.

She was temporarily caught in the midst of a pack of runners at the start and then trailed behind Parrott during portions of the first loop before passing her for good while the Yoder twins moved up and eventually passed Parrott, as well.

When it was over, Danielle dropped to the ground in the finishing area and had to be helped away as she began the recovery process from running two 5Ks in one afternoon.

“She was just trying to win it without doing much else,” Mark Hostetler said.

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