Webb City senior Ryan Riddle joined an elite club on Thursday night at Cardinal Stadium, becoming only the ninth high school athlete in Missouri history to break the nine minute mark in the 3200M run.
Wtih teammates and visiting athletes lining the track and an enthusiastic crowd on their feet, Riddle crossed the line with an official time of 8:56.53.
The defending state champion in the 3200M, Riddle is a 7-time COC champion, holding individual school records in the 800, 1600 and 3200M and as a part of a 3200M relay team.
He is currently ranked 12th in the nation in 3200M and 29th in 1600M.
Earlier in the season, he won both the 1600 and 3200 in the same day at Hillcrest, with the fastest combined time in high school state history for a track meet held in the month of April.
He won the 800 at the Pitt State meet, finishing at 1:55.7
Qualifying for the KU relays, he won both 1600 by 4 seconds and the 3200 by 15 seconds, leading wire to wire in both races.
In the fall, Riddle finished second in the state cross country meet in Jefferson City.
His final home meet will be next Thursday as the Cardinals host the COC track meet. He will be entered in the 800, 1600 and 3200. The meet begins at 2:00.