The IHSA boys track and field state finals saw local athletes seize their moment on the big blue track at EIU and bring state championships home.
Forreston’s AJ Christensen, the reigning 13 WREX Athlete of the Week, won both Class 1-A hurdling events, clocking a 14.37 in the 110m high hurdles, and a 37.97 in the 300m intermediate hurdles. He was last year’s runner-up in both events.
Rockford Christian’s Riley Wells captured the 800m state championship in Class 1-A with a 1:53.72 time, just defeating Jacob Bryan from Illini West, who finished in 1:54.11.
Wells’ title was part of a huge day for Rockford Christian’s team, who placed second in total points in 1-A.
A list of local finishers at state in Class 1-A and 2-A are listed below:
Riley Wells, 1st (800m)
2nd, 4x200m Relay
2nd, 4x400m Relay
3rd, 4x100m Relay
5th, 4x800m Relay
Noah Fulcomer, 8th (110m Hurdles)
Brent Brunner, 6th (1600m)
AJ Christensen, 1st (110m Hurdles)
AJ Christensen, 1st (300m Hurdles)
Brady Webb, 6th (Long Jump)
Jace Coffey, 8th (Discus)
9th, 4x400m Relay
Isaiah Bruce, 7th (Shot Put)
Rahveon Valentine, 6th (100m)
2nd, 4x100m Relay
3rd, 4x200m Relay
Ian Hussung, 6th (800m)
Ian Hussung, 5th (1600m)
Chandler Ellis, 9th (300m Hurdles)
Jared Harrison, 3rd (300m Hurdles)
Jared Harrison, 7th (110m Hurdles)
Josh Dallas, 8th (400m)
6th, 4x100m Relay
6th, 4x400m Relay
Deion McShane, 6th (Long Jump)
Jaden Johnson, 5th (110m and 300m Hurdles)
Kalen Murray, 5th (Triple Jump)