Gross Catholic’s Will Rice captured a Class B state runner-up finish to cap off his Cougar career at the State Meet at Burke High School.

The second-place finish came in the 800-meter run Saturday. The race came with an up and down moment for Rice, who finished the race in a personal-best time of 1:57.10.

The senior led in the last leg before being caught by Trent Lockard of Lincoln Christian, who inched ahead of Rice to win by 0.34 seconds.

Still in the end, Rice was very happy with his results to start out his championship Saturday.

“I thought that race was actually amazing because he pushed me and I pushed him. We just kept going till the very end,” Rice said. “I’m fine with second and it’s a PR, too, so it was great.”

Rice and Lockard ran side by side throughout most of the race before Rice started to distance himself in the final lap. Then in the last leg, Rice wasn’t too sure where Lockard was, thinking he had a little more room than he had.

“I thought I had room. I didn’t know where he was,” Rice said. “I could hear him on the back stretch back there, but up here I didn’t hear him. I thought I had it.”

The senior placed third in the event in 2018.

Rice qualified for the 400 finals with a third-place finish in the preliminaries Friday. In Saturday’s finals, Rice earned his second medal with an eighth-place finish with a time of 52.59 to wrap up his high school running career.

Ben Larsen also won two medals at state for the Cougars. Larsen wrapped up his career with a sixth-place finish in the 3,200 with a time of 10:04.95 and came in fifth place in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:30.75.

The Gross boys finished in 15th place as a team with 16 points.

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