It’s been a busy, but productive few months for Magnus Wells and the best may be yet to come for the Hillsboro High School junior.
After playing for the Hillsboro football team, Wells went straight into his track season... and wrestling season. One of the Toppers’ best in both sports, Wells pulled double duty this year, which meant that something had to give as he was only able to compete in three meets prior to Hillsboro’s trip to Springfield for the IHSA Class 2A sectional.
The rigourous schedule and lack of competitive meets didn’t hurt Wells, though, as he earned second at the meet and punched his ticket to the IHSA Class 2A State Track Finals on Friday, June 18.
Wells’ throw of 13.59 meters was a personal best and .32 meters longer than the third place finisher’s toss, a 13.27 by Austin Robinson of Lanphier. Sacred Heart-Griffin senior Devin Hale won the meet with a mark of 14.80 meters.
For the state tournament, Wells is seeded 18th out of 23 competitors, with Mascoutah senior Barry Evans seeded first with a sectional throw of 16.77 meters. It will take another personal best and then some to get close to the podium, but if he does, Wells will become the first Class 2A medalist in the program’s history.
In addition to his state qualifying throw in the shot, Wells also competed in the discus and finished seventh overall with a throw of 34.40 meters, 6.52 meters behind Evan Merritt of East Alton-Wood River and 9.42 meters behind Ashton Noble of Roxana, who grabbed the top two spots and tickets to state.
In addition to Wells, junior Austin Page and Wells’ younger brother, freshman Zander Wells, also competed in the sectional meet.
Page finished 21st in the 100 meters with a time of 12.52 seconds and 14th in the 200 meters with a time of 25.55 seconds. In the field events, Page finished 14th in the triple jump, posting a mark of 10.30 meters.
The younger Wells finished 25th in the 100 meters in a time of 13.12 and was 17th in the long jump with a mark of 4.64 meters.
While the season has ended for those two, Magnus Wells’ journey continues on Friday, June 18, which will be another busy weekend for the Topper thrower. After competing in Charleston on Friday, Wells and company will head to Lawrenceville on Saturday, June 19, for the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Sectional Wrestling Tournament, which Wells earned a spot in after winning a regional title on Sunday, June 13.