Silver linings: Iola’s Willis sets IHS 100m record, takes second at state

Iola athletes saved their best for last, ending the year at the state track meet with a number of career-best marks. Included in that was Brett Willis, who reset the school record in the 100 meters.

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May 31, 2022 - 2:37 PM

Iola High's Brett Willis (2577) crosses the line in a photo finish in the Class 4A boys 100-meter dash Saturday in the state track meet. Willis took second, while resetting the Iola school record in the process. Photo by Richard Luken

WICHITA — Iola High’s Brett Willis — deprived of competing in the state track meet the past two years — wanted to make his senior year participation worth his while.

Boy, did he, rewriting the IHS record books in the process.

But if you blinked, you may have missed the culmination, a stunning Class 4A 100-meter dash final, in which the first through fifth places were separated by .11 seconds — about the time it takes to blink your eyes.

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