JEFFERSON CITY — Valle jumped up to Class 2 after a third-place finish last year, but Ryan Grein showed he can still compete in the higher class.
The standout senior finished his season with three all-state medals, classmate Timothy Kuenzel and teammate C.J. Stoll both competed in one event, and the Warriors finished in a three-way tie for 18th place in the Class 2 state championship meet at Jefferson City with 13 points.
“We had a really, really fantastic day,” said Valle head coach Samer Zoughaib. “The kids ran out of their mind. This is the first really warm weather we've had in a long time. If you go back and look at some of the numbers that were ran today, there are some of the fastest in the state. There will be numbers ran today faster than Class 3, 4 and 5 next [this] week in some things.”
Grein reached the finals in the 110-meter hurdles and 300m hurdles with a time of 15.46 and 41.42 seconds respectively on Friday. The finals accept the winners in both preliminary heats along with the next six best times.
On Saturday he finished in third place in both hurdle events. He had a time of 15.05 in the 110m race and a mark of 40.26 in the 300m event. South Shelby’s Brock Wood won the 110m race in 14.89, while Hayti’s Tylor Wooden claimed second in 14.97. Those two finished first and second respectively in the 300m race with times of 38.62 and 39.17.
“I thought it was a pretty good weekend,” Grein said. “I know triple jump didn’t go as I planned, but not everything can always work out. Both the hurdles were good. I was happy with the weekend. It was kind of a rush getting up here on Friday getting up here with graduation being the night before. That was a little bit different coming to state. I never had that. I knew I probably wouldn’t run my best [in the 110m prelims], but as long as I got out [I was OK].”
In triple jump Grein’s best leap of 42 feet, 1.5 inches was good enough for eighth place to reach the podium.
Kuenzel made all-state honors in the Class 1 800m run last year, and while he didn’t qualify for state in that event, he made it in pole vault. He was unable to clear the opening height of 10-6.
Stoll qualified for the 100m dash, but was unable to reach the finals. He was 10th in the preliminaries with a time of 11.47. Van-Far’s Verlyn Johnson was ninth in 11.44, while Hermann’s Brennan Knipping qualified in the last finals spot at 11.41.
See complete coverage in the May 22 edition.