Landon Hostetter is one busy guy. He’s got things to do, people to meet, places to see.
When he’s not playing his instrument or booting a soccer ball, he’s running down championships.
On Saturday at Big Spring High School, the multi-talented Hostetter captured the boys’ individual title at the District Three Class A Cross Country Championships. The Annville-Cleona sophomore covered the 3.1 mile course in Newville in a blistering 16:38 to nudge runner-up Henry Friedrichs of Veritas Academy by nine seconds.
Hostetter’s efforts helped the Little Dutchmen to a third-place showing in the Class A team standings. Hostetter, who averaged 5:21 per mile, is also a member of the Annville-Cleona boys’ soccer team and Little Dutchmen marching band during the fall season.
Ten days earlier, at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Meet, Hostetter had finished 25th among male competitors. On that day, Hostetter covered the Ephrata Middle School course in 17:28.9.
Through his showing at the District Three meet, Hostetter qualified for the PIAA Class A Cross Country Championships at Hershey on November 5.
– Jeff Falk