Waseca's Shane Streich knew he was capable of setting the state record in the 1,600-meter run, but there were other competitors also capable of that time.
So he ran with the lead pack, tried to make a run with 200 meters remaining and sprinted the last 75 meters. He stumbled to the finish line, having given everything he had to that race.
"I thought I had the most speed in the race, so I just wanted to run with them and then the last 200 meters, try to kick," Streich said. "It came down to the last 100 meters, and I had to gut it out."
Streich set the 1,600 record of 4:13.8 to repeat as state champion, and he added another victory in the 800 at the Class A boys and girls track and field meet Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul.
In the 1,600, Streich won by .16, and the new record felt pretty good.
"I knew I had the ability to break it, but so did some of the other guys," Streich said. "It's something nice to add to my running career, and now I need to get the 800, too."
Streich took nearly six seconds off his 800 time in the prelims, clocking a personal-best 1:51.9. However, he spent a lot of energy to win the 1,600, and it may have cost him a chance at the 800 state record.
"My strategy was the same," Streich said. "I thought I had the most speed so I ran with the pack for a while and tried to kick in the last 200 meters."
He won the race in 1:55.14. He also joined Isaac Highum, J.P. Eykyn and Thomas O'Neil to place third in the 4x400 relay in 3:25.81.
Waseca teammate Tyler Kolander ended up second in the discus at 162-0, and the 4x200 relay team ended up seventh in 1:33.1 as the Bluejays ended up second in the team standings with 45 points, five behind Minnehaha Academy.