Woodstock was well-represented at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A boys state track and field meet the weekend of May 28, with three athletes taking home medals.
Senior Luke Beattie and junior Will Maidment earned medals for Woodstock High School and senior Jacob Varys nabbed all-state honors for Woodstock North.
The meet took place at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.
For WHS, Beattie took a close second place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:16.50, just three-tenths of a second behind the winner.
“I felt good about my race,” Beattie said. “I was a little bummed to be that close, but second is perfectly acceptable. I can’t complain.”
Beattie’s fastest time in the event is a WHS school record time of 9:10.70. Though he did not run his best time, Beattie climbed one spot and dropped 10 seconds from his third-place performance last year at state.
In the fall, Beattie is headed to Utah State University to run cross country and track, and will major in recreation resource management.
“I’m ready to start my next four years running for Utah,” Beattie said.
Maidment edged out several ties in the high jump at 6 feet, 3 inches to earn all-state recognition with an eighth-place finish. Competing against 27 of the best jumpers in class 2A, Maidment said medaling was unexpected for his first year at the state meet.
“It was a really good atmosphere,” he said. “Every time I went to jump, I just embraced being there. I jumped the best I had in the season and everything came together.”
Coming into his junior year, Maidment’s best jump was 6-01. He bettered that mark by two inches. Looking to his senior year, he said he hopes to keep improving.
WNHS senior Jacob Varys extended his school record one last time in the shot put with a throw of 51-11.25, breaking his previous record of 51-09.5. He finished 11th in the event. Varys’ top finish at state, though, was in the discus, where he medaled with a throw of 153-02 to earn him ninth.
“It felt pretty good getting a medal,” said the two-time state qualifier. “It made me feel good about all the work I’ve been putting in this year.”
Varys dropped baseball and joined track as a sophomore. He said his football coaches encouraged him to go out for the sport to gain speed. Varys started with running events, but after giving throws a try and almost qualifying for the state meet, he stuck with throwing. By the end of his first year out, Varys held the shot put and discus records. This year, Varys has broken both those records a few times. His current discus record stands at 155-08.
“I had a fun time with all my teammates,” said the senior. “It wasn’t too serious, just fun.”
Varys plans to attend Robert Morris University in Chicago in the fall, where he will play football and pursue a degree in business administration.