Fullerton sophomore right on time and three-event winner

Fullerton’s Brent Wetovick wins the Class D 800 meters — even though he didn’t have time to warm up before the race.

The most difficult part of the day for Brent Wetovick was getting to the track on time.

Once he was there, the Fullerton sophomore dominated his races, winning the Class D 400, 800 and 1,600 Saturday at Burke Stadium.

Wetovick’s first race was the 800 at about 10 a.m. But with chilly temperatures and a persistent mist falling, he was almost too late to the starting line.

“I was in the van keeping dry. It snuck up on me. The meet got going faster than I thought,” Wetovick said. “The 800 was crazy. I didn’t even have time to warm up. I walked down there and just ran real quick. It turned out good for me, I guess.”

That may be a new strategy for Wetovick to consider next spring — he went on to post personal bests in all three events.

He broke the two-minute mark for the first time in the 800, turning in a school-record 1:56.86 despite not being pushed by his competition. He won the event by nearly five seconds.

“I wasn’t running for a time in the rain,” he said. “I was just running scared, running for a win because I just got there.”

His 800 time nearly set a Class D meet record. He missed that by three-hundredths of a second.

“I never even looked at that record,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was. Hopefully I’ll get it next year.”

Wetovick followed that up by running a 49.5 in the 400 — also a school record — and a 4:37.98 in the 1,600.

He was at the starting line for the 1,600 in plenty of time, but he and the rest of field had trouble starting the race. Meet officials had issues with the timing device, and the official starter lined up the runners and fired his pistol on four occasions before the race finally got going.

“I was getting frustrated a little bit,” Wetovick said.

He showed his strong finishing kick during that race. He was in third place at the beginning of the final lap before making his move. He took the lead with 300 meters left and went on to win by nearly three seconds over Boyd County’s Blake Ahlers, who had won the 3,200.

Wetovick, who scored 30 of Fullerton’s 35 team points, has two high school seasons left, but he already has an eye on his future. He said he wants to run for Nebraska and hopes he can get noticed.

Days like Saturday certainly will help.

Gene covers a variety of sports beats for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @geneOWH. Phone: 402-444-1038.

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