DeWitt Central's Will Dehaan Wins Solon Invitational


SOLON, Iowa - Will Dehaan learned his lesson. This time he was ready for rival Zach Schocker

Dehaan of DeWitt Central completed the course at Monday's Solon Invitational in 16:17 to capture first place one spot ahead of Davenport North's Schocker (16:42). Mid-Prairie's Floyd Evans (16:52) for a good portion of the race and ended up third.

Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the team title with 63. Clear Creek Amana (80) and North Scott (88) finished second and third, respectively. 

At the Clinton Invitational, the individual order of finish was reversed. Schocker won the race with Dehaan coming in second. Dehaan changed his strategy Monday. 

"I went out too fast with another guy and he passed me in the second mile," Dehaan said of the earlier meeting with Schocker. "I was with him the whole race but in the end he beat me because I pushed too hard in the first mile. Today, I just stayed with him for the first mile and a half. I knew I could beat him at the end if I just stayed with him." 

Schocker said he was OK with how he ran the first mile it was the second one that he would have adjusted. 

"Will and I are like the same person. We like to go out real fast. We like to have fun. We like to take the risk to go out hard. It just makes for an entertaining race," Schocker said. 

North Scott's Jackson Schrock (17:06) finished fourth. Garrett Herring of Mount Vernon-Lisbon took fifth in 17:08 just ahead of teammate Payton Bahl and Clear Creek Amana's Brandon Barker, who each ran a 17:10. 

For videos from the race, click HERE. Photos can be found HERE

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