At the IHSA boys state track meet in Charleston on Saturday, several local athletes ended the season in style.
Columbia’s 4×100 meter relay team of Ronnie Hunsaker, Brandon Hall, Donavan Bieber and Ryan Groszek placed eighth in the Class 2A state final. The relay team placed eighth in Friday’s prelims to qualify for Saturday’s final
Hunsaker also placed sixth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump at state. The junior jumped 21 feet, eight inches in the long jump and 43 feet, seven inches in the triple jump.
During Friday’s prelims, Hunsaker placed fifth in the long jump and second in the triple jump.
Waterloo’s Jackson McAlister and Eli Ward, both juniors, finished strong in the 800 meter run at state. McAlister placed seventh with a time of 1:58.04. Ward placed 12th with a time of 2:01.04.
Waterloo’s Donovan McBride completed his amazing high school career with second, fourth, third and third place showings in the 100, 800, 400 and 200 meter wheelchair events, respectively.
McBride was the 100 meter wheelchair division champ at last year’s state meet. As a sophomore, he won the 800 meter and 200 meter races at state.
In Class 1A, Dupo senior Bryce Chadduck placed eighth in the discus at the state meet with a throw of 153 feet, two inches.
Dupo’s Cody Heusohn competed in the shot put at state but did not advance out of the preliminary round.