For a fan of the Woodstock High School Blue Streaks track team to find an athlete who earned two field event medals before Saturday, May 27, 2017, you would have to go back to the 1930s.
With his second high jump state medal in as many years, WHS senior Will Maidment joined a very exclusive club, which includes only one other member, Don Merwin. Merwin earned pole vault medals at the 1934 and 1935 state finals. Maidment was third in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A high jump this year. He took eighth a year ago.
“Wow, really?” said the WHS high jumper when told of being the first Blue Streak in 82 years to earn two field-event medals. “That says a lot. My career has been much better than I expected. I had a great time this season.”
Maidment recorded a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches this year. He jumped three inches higher than one year earlier. Champaign Central senior Nicholas Jackson won the high jump with a leap of 6-9, while Aurora-based Marmion Academy’s Seth Groom, a junior, took second with a leap of 6-8.
“That was one of my best jumps of the year,” said Maidment, who will jump for Valparaiso University in the spring. “I wanted to jump two meters, which translates to 6-7, this year and I did that. I also wanted to triple jump at least 43-0, which I did. As far as the finish at state, I wanted to get at least fifth, which was my ranking.”
The high jump was dominated by seniors. Of the first seven placers, only two were juniors. All athletes in the finals jumped 6-1 or better.
“He wanted to get better and did everything he needed to do to get better,” said Bobby Mickey, WHS first-year head coach. “He was so perceptive and could tell from the video immediately what he needed to do. He worked so hard this year and deserves every accolade he got.”
Ryan Jones, a Marian Central Catholic freshman, got his first taste of state by finishing 20th in the 3,200-meter run. The freshman distance runner ran in the first heat of the Class 2A race and finished in 10 minutes, 5.11 seconds. He was one of two freshmen to earn a trip to the Class 2A state finals in the 3,200.
WHS senior Spencer Hanson competed in the Class 2A prelims of the 1,600-meter run. The Blue Streak runner finished ninth in the second heat with a time of 4:35.67. To advance to the finals, a time of 4:25.21 or better was needed. Marian senior Zach Young grabbed the final qualifying spot with that time.
Woodstock North’s Matt Haynes made the prelims of the high jump, but did not register a height in the Class 2A prelims. To advance to the finals, an athlete needed a leap of 6-3 or better.
Woodstock North also competed in the 4×200-meter relay in the IHSA Class 2A prelims. Casey Dycus, Billy Wellwerts, Brandon Waldack and Brad Kohler ran a 1:33.94. The only one returning from the relay team next year is Waldack, who is a junior. The team was seventh in the first heat. A time of 1:31.13, which was run by Perspectives/ITT Math and Science Coop of Chicago, or faster was needed to advance to the finals.