The Waterloo High School boys track team sent six members to the IHSA Class 2A state meet in Charleston over the weekend, returning home with two medals and narrowly winning the third.
“The state meet weekend was an amazing moment for the Waterloo boys track team,” WHS head track coach Larry Huffman said.
Cahokia easily won the team title with a whopping 119 points, putting on an impressive display.
Running in his final event for WHS, recent graduate Lance Mueller set yet another school record in the 1,600-meter run final on Saturday with a time of 4:16.67. Mueller had to wait out a two-hour rain delay before the race, but looked to be in the running for a state title in the early going.
“Lance led the first three laps of the 1,600, but got outkicked by two people to get third place,” Huffman said.
Normal’s Alexander Bruno posted the winning time of 4:14.51 for first place.
Still, Mueller’s third place finish earned him a medal and a spot on the all-state team.
Mueller advanced to state by virtue of his first place sectional finish in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:19.30.
Greysan Moehrs also set a school record at state with his time of 14.81 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries of the 110-meter high hurdles.
That time was good enough for fifth place and a spot in Saturday’s finals.
On Saturday, Moehrs didn’t run faster than his Friday time, but still finished the year with a sixth place medal and all-state selection.
The winning time of 14.15 was posted by Burlington’s Lucas Ege.
Moehrs advanced to state with a second place showing in the sectional.
Cole Rodenberg, a recent WHS graduate, just missed being all-state in the 3,200-meter run by placing 11th at state on Saturday. The top nine runners in this event earn medals.
The winning 3,200-meter time of 9:21.63 was posted by Lansing’s Colin DeYoung.
Rodenberg took first place in the 3,200 with a sectional time of 9:45.11 to make state, nearly six seconds faster than the second place finisher.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Noah Hays, Jake Schwartz, Blake Rusteberg and Will Zeisset just missed qualifying for Saturday’s final by four seconds, but performed well on Friday. The 4×800 team qualified for state with a second place finish to Cahokia in the sectional.
“It will definitely be an unforgettable weekend for the state qualifiers,” Huffman said.