NEVADA - Ethan Glenn's biggest night on the track just so happened to come on the most important night of the season to date.
As they say: Go big or go home.
Glenn, a senior, anchored the Webster City boys' 4x800-meter relay to the gold and then later ran another 800 all for himself to the front of the pack at last night's Class 3A State Qualifying Meet.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS senior Nick Thilges takes the curve at the front of a pack during the boys’ 4x800-meter relay at last night’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Nevada.
And now he'll compete at next week's state meet in two events.
"We think (Glenn) has really rounded into one of the top 800 guys in the state," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. "He ran a great (open 800) race against a really quality field. He wanted a shot and we gave it to him, and he really did the job."
Glenn won the 800 in 2:02.45. After staying with the pack through the first 550 meters, he went to the lead while running into the wind on the backstretch, and he never gave it up.
"It was a super smart race by Ethan," Bussan said.
Glenn ran a 1:59 anchor leg on the 4x800 to ensure gold for the Lynx. Nick Thilges, Eric Coleman and Jacob Clabaugh ran the first three legs; WCHS finished in 8:22.00, nine seconds off its season's best, but still good enough.
"We were expecting this and we were kind of disappointed with the time, actually," Thilges said. "But we still want to try to place at state."
The top two finishers in each event were guaranteed entry into the state meet. An additional eight at-large entrants in all of the events will be added today.
WCHS gained five automatic qualifiers in all and scored 95 points to finish third in the team race behind Boone (134) and Iowa Falls-Alden (100).
Coleman and Thilges ran the final two legs on the 1,600 medley (3:45.72) that finished second. Nathan Nuehring and Cal Zahn ran the 200 legs and put WCHS in position to race at the front.
"The medley really ran exceptionally well," Bussan said. "Our first three guys did a heck of a job to give Nick a shot at the end."
Boone Myers and Lucas Poland added their names to the list of state entrants by claiming silver medals as well.
Myers flung the discus 138 feet, 5 inches to finish comfortably in second. Poland raced to his seed in the 110 high hurdles and lunged across the finish line in 15.79 seconds.
"Lucas has worked hard for four years to make himself a good hurdler, so I'm really happy for him," Bussan said.
WCHS hopes several of its other events will make the cut. The 4x100 (45.37), 4x200 (1:34.79) and 4x400 (3:41.44) were all third.