BLAINE -- Adam Asfeld didn't think he could win, but he was hoping to break a Wadena-Deer Creek school record.
Asfeld got his wish and a state championship to boot as he won Saturday's Class A 1600-meter run with a time of 4:20.97 at the National Sports Center.
"This morning I woke up and I didn't think I had any chance of winning because these guys are all so fast," Asfeld said. "But I figured that if I could pace off them, I could at least come home with a school record. I guess I got the best of both worlds."
Asfeld was nearly as surprised with his time as he was with winning.
"I ran a 4:27 last year, a 4:28 at sections and our school record is 4:24," Asfeld said. "I don't know where 4:20 came from but I'm not complaining."
The win was sweet for Asfeld, who was disappointed in his 12th-place finish in 3200 run Friday.
"(Friday) night I was favored to do well in the two-mile and I just fell apart," Asfeld said. "Today I was trying to get some revenge for myself. I came out today and gave it everything I had, ran a smart race and you can't ask for much more than that."
Asfeld strategy was to keep up with the pace of the top runners from Friday's 3200 for 2 1/2 laps, then give it everything he had left. The plan worked.
"I came here five seconds behind the fastest mile time," said Asfeld. "But things happen. I just sucked it up after (Friday) night and here I am."
Two other area athletes also competed in the 1600 race Saturday. Jeff Brever of Staples-Motley finished ninth with a time of 4:31.08. Zach Solinger of Pierz finished his eighth-grade season in 16th place with a time of 4:35.48.
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