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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
After an injury-plagued junior season, Fremont cross country star Abby Hostetler has clear goals for this season. “I want to go to state and place in the top three or even better,” Hostetler said.

Fremont senior on course

Sets high goals after leg injury

– It was a year ago, almost to the day, when Fremont senior cross country star Abby Hostetler delivered the (sort of) bad news to her coach, Moses Castillo.

Hostetler had a stress reaction in her right femur.

“I remember the day that she came back from the doctor and told me, Oct. 10 of last year,” Castillo said. “I was going to sit her at the sectional, she was upset, but she told me she was going to run. She was limited on what she could do, but her drive to be all-state was all she needed to keep her going. One of the nice things about Abby is she has not lost track of her goals, this has led to her success.”

That desire helped Hostetler overcome the injury and finish ninth at the 2012 state meet. Hostetler ran the final six weeks of the season with the injury.

“I still ran but I backed off mileage quite a bit, biked and ran more on grass,” Hostetler said.

Hostetler is back healthy this year, and with sectionals starting Tuesday, she has set her goals.

“I want to go to state and place in the top three or even better,” Hostetler said. “As a team I want us to win sectionals, place in regionals and get through to semistate as a team and go on to state this year.”

A trip to the state finals would be a first for the Eagles. Last year, Fremont finished eighth at semistate, 18 points out of the sixth and final qualifying position for state.

“I always tell the kids, ‘Do you want to be remembered or leave a legacy?’ ” Castillo said. “Abby will definitely leave her legacy when she leaves Fremont.”

Hostetler has improved her finish at the cross country state finals in each of the previous three years – 31st as a freshman, 15th as a sophomore and ninth last year.

“She was born with speed, she runs to win and is a competitor when the gun goes off,” Castillo said.

Her season, though, has been missing something – former teammate Anna Aldrich, who is running at Eastern Michigan.

“Running with Anna was such a great experience,” Hostetler said. “She was good at what she did and put her heart into it. She was a great teammate and friend. I had fun training with her and competing with her, we always pushed each other to do our best.

“We got the nickname Dynamic Duo. She helped me because she had that experience with the workouts, and we would train together and push each other to our limits. It was sad having her leave for college because she became close with not only me but the whole team.”

Hostetler holds several school records, including the 3,200-meter run (10:55.71), 1, 600 (4:57.59), 800 (2:15.91) and 3,200 relay (10:01.24). With a personal best of 18:10 in cross country, she is just 4 seconds behind Aldrich’s school record of 18:06. But her season-best is only 18:36.

Hostetler is being looked at by, among others, Eastern Michigan, Indiana State, DePaul, Belmont, Dayton, Lipscomb and Lewis.

gjones@jg.net

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