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WHS track wins another Bi-County Meet

By on May 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Waterloo’s Eric Brown competes in the high jump on Friday. For more photos from the meet, visit www.republictimes.net/photo-store. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The Waterloo High School track team won its fifth straight Bi-County Meet last Tuesday, with two athletes setting new school records.

“It was a great night for the Bulldogs,” Waterloo track coach Larry Huffman said.

State cross country champion Jenna Schwartz ran a record 5:00.7 in the 1,600 meter run, which is currently the fastest time in Illinois Class 2A. 

Schwartz also ran with the 4×400 relay squad that placed first in the meet.

Elise Dodel set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 112 feet, three inches. Dodel is only three inches away from beating the 33-year-old school record in the shot put of 34 feet, one inch. Dodel broke the indoor shot put record earlier in the season at the Principia College Winter Thaw. 

Maddie Valerius placed first in the 400 meter run in addition to being a member of the winning 4×400 team at the Bi-County Meet.

Cayden Kirkham won the 800 meter run and was a member of the first place 4×100 meter relay team. 

Eli Ward won the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs in addition to placing first as a member of the 4×800 meter relay team. 

Adam Robson was on the winning 4×400 and 4×800 teams. 

Jackson Ivers won the discus; Ella King won the 3,200 meter run; and Jackson McAlister won the 400 meter run in addition to being on the winning 4×800 and 4×400 teams.

State qualifying wheelchair racer Donovan McBride set a new personal record at 200 meters.

“There were many other great performances,” Huffman added. “It was definitely a team effort.”

On Friday, Waterloo hosted a meet against Civic Memorial and Red Bud, winning several events. It was also Senior Night, with 12 tracksters honored.

“The meet went really well. Both the boys and girls were first place,” Huffman said. “We had a lot of firsts.”

Jackson Ivers and Dodel won the boys and girls discus, respectively.

The 4×400 boys and girls  relay squads placed first. The boys 4×800 relay team also won first place.

King won the 1,600 meter run; Ward won the 400 meter run; Valerius won the 400 meter run; David Broske won the 300 meter hurdles; Matt Dawson won the 800 meter run; Colleen Sliment won the 800 meter run; the 4×200 meter relay took first place; and Ashley Hartman and Will Hicks both won the high jump.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.