Humboldt’s Orr the 3A silver medalist again

Hostetler, Katcher become 3-time girls’ state champions

ADM junior Nate Mueller starts to celebrate with 20 meters remaining in the boys’ Class 3A race at Saturday’s state cross country meet in Fort Dodge. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

FORT DODGE — Quinton Orr walked away from Saturday’s state cross country meet feeling accomplished and excited.

Orr, a Humboldt junior, secured his second consecutive Class 3A runner-up finish, recording a school-record time of 15:52.1.

ADM’s Nate Mueller, also a junior, was the race winner in 15:45.7. Of the Top-10 finishers, just one was a senior in eighth-place medalist Bradley Ramsey of Dallas Center-Grimes with three other 11th-graders and four sophomores.

The Wildcats placed 12th overall, as the Mustangs were crowned team champions followed by Clear Creek-Amana and Center Point-Urbana.

“I’m happy, but definitely not satisfied,” Orr said. “I still have a lot of state races left in my high school career. There is always more to achieve, more to work hard for. I just have to keep up consistency with my training.

Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler is recognized as a three-time state champion on Saturday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“I’m really hoping for a great track season to lead into my senior year.”

As a sophomore, Orr earned silver behind Mount Pleasant’s Cody Mertens, with Mueller sliding in third. Orr also ran at state as a ninth-grader with his Humboldt teammates.

“This was our last time together as a team, so to make it to state was a huge accomplishment,” Orr said. “We didn’t need to feel any stress and we didn’t. We just went out and had a good, fun run.

“Afterward, everyone was happy. We weren’t as high as we wanted to, but everyone gave it their all. We had a great season, won a lot of meets and getting 12th was not a bad way to cap it.”

For Orr, having experience running at state was definitely a factor. Last year, he used a late surge to secure his high finish.

“I came in with a set plan and executed that plan perfectly,” Orr said. “Nate has been putting up crazy times and is a tough person to beat. I knew I wanted to make it a two-person race between us. It was an aggressive pace and about a mile-and-a-half in, I made some surges to go hard and try to lose him. It didn’t happen.

“In these big meets, everybody can run a good mile, mile-and-a-half, but you have to be strong in the second half and complete the entire race. I know Nate pushing me helped me record my time.”

Other boys’ individual champions included Max Murphy of Pleasant Valley (4A) in 15:29.3, Dylan Darsidan of Camanche (2A) in 16:02.0, and Joshua Baudler of Nodaway Valley (1A) in 16:11.

Two girls — Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler (17:58.2) and Center Point-Urbana’s Adrianna Katcher (18:29.4) — claimed their third individual titles. Hostetler was the 2A champ, while Katcher left her mark in 3A.

Camille Jackson of Ames won the 4A crown in a new state-record time of 17:23.9. Peyton Pogge (18:45.4) of Tri-Center was the 1A winner.

Boys’ team champions included West Des Moines Dowling (4A), Dallas Center-Grimes (3A), Tipton (2A) and Madrid (1A). The golden girls were Johnston (4A), Ballard (3A), Mid-Prairie (2A) and Logan-Magnolia (1A).