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Golden Triangle News Service names 2017 all-area cross country team

By Justin Webster | Nov 07, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger Photo Pekin's Colton Glosser

The Golden Triangle News Service will spend the week showcasing our all-area teams comprised of the top student-athletes from more than a dozen schools we cover and voted on by our staff from The Fairfield Ledger, The Mt. Pleasant News and The Washington Journal.


All GTNS Boys’ Cross Country


Colton Glosser, So., 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 runner-up squad. Colton was ranked 14th in the state at Class 1A for the 2017 season and qualified third at 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, Sr. 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 his previous season’s time at 17:19.7. Wittrock has been recognized by the SEISC as an all-academic athlete all four years.


Floyd Evans, Sr., 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 10th place at the state meet in a season low time of 16:47.


Peyton Miller, Sr., Mid-Prairie

Miller earned five top 10 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.


Zach Pettit, Sr., 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 ten finishes on the season.


Brennan Horak, Sr., Washington

Horak was the first boys cross country state qualifier for Washington in 18 years. He earned six top 10 finishes on the season and had a season best time of 17:35 at the state qualifying meet. Horak finished 95th at state.


Cody Mertens, Jr., Mt. Pleasant

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.


All GTNS Girls’ Cross Country


Ashley Bloomquist, Jr., Fairfield

This fall alone, Ashley Bloomquist has lettered in both football as a manager and in cross country as an individidual state qualifier, while being named to the SEC all-academic team in both sports. She qualified for state as a sophomore as well, finishing 33rd overall with a time of 20:04, earning her a GTNS 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 GTNS all-area selection.


Remi Duwa So., Pekin

Only a sophomore, Remi Duwa is already making her second appearance on the GTNS 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, finishing 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.


Marie Hostetler, So., 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, Sr., 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, Fr., Mid-Prairie

Fleming ended her outstanding freshman campaign with a 10th 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, So., 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.


Lexi Brown, Jr., Danville-New London

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.

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