Ambuehl, Strobel headed to state for the Vandals

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By Andrew Harner

Senior Ryan Ambuehl and sophomore Ben Strobel will represent Vandalia at next week's Illinois High School Association state track meet.

Ambuehl qualified for the meet in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, while Strobel made it in the 3,200-meter run.

Running at the Lawrenceville Sectional on Friday, Ambuehl won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.47 seconds, and took second in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 51.84 seconds.

Strobel took third in the 3,200, but beat the automatic state qualifying time with a school-record time of 9:59.07.

Senior Wade Cowger missed qualifying for state in the 800-meter run by just .06 seconds, falling just short of the automatic qualifying time in finishing third in 2:01.3.

The state preliminaries are held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Thursday.