WJHS Track | Team of the Week

The WJHS boys track team is this week’s RT Team of the Week for taking fourth at the state meet. (submitted photo)

The Waterloo Junior High School boys track team is this week’s Republic-Times Team of the Week.

The team advanced to the SIJHSAA State track meet this weekend in Carterville.

The WJHS boys and girls teams had a number of medalists, including two state champions for the first time since Zach George won in shot put in 2011.

Eighth grader Noah Hays took the title in the 400-meter run with a time of 53.9, while fellow eighth grader Jake Schwartz topped the podium in the 1,600-meter run, breaking a school record with a time of 4:47.1.

Jake Schwartz (left) and Noah Hays (right) each won track state titles for WJHS last weekend. (Kermit Constantine photo)

The boys team took an impressive fourth place overall at the state meet, with the help of medalists: Jackson Ivers, eighth place — discus; Ivers, Justin Kohler, Clayton Watters, Jesse Matthews, eighth place — seventh grade 800-meter relay team that set a school record with a time of 1:51.5; Kyle Kneffelkamp, seventh place — high jump; Jarrett Lange, Dawson Holden, Schwartz and Hays, fifth place — 1,600-meter relay; Holden, Hayden Bender, Bradley Koesterer and Hays, fourth place — eighth grade 800-meter relay team that set another school record with a time of 1:42.4; and Schwartz, second place — 800-meter run.

Congrats WJHS, keep up the good work!

More Junior High track headlines in this week’s edition of the RT:

  • Columbia Jr. High track wins conference tourney
  • SPPCS track state bound

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