PANA, Ill. (WAND) -- Cody Klein came a hair away from not running track this season, his final one at Pana.
It's a good thing he did.
Klein took home the gold medal in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the state track meet in Charleston, and also helped provide the strongest leg of the Panthers' second-place 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
Klein didn't just decorate his own trophy case, but the school's -- Pana had never had a male individual state champion.
As a team, Pana made school history by taking home second place.
In the 4x200 relay, Klein was aided by seniors Mason Mizeur and Jared Beyers, plus junior Cameron Owens as the Panthers (1:29.89) finished just behind Spring Valley Hall (1:29.49) for the silver medal.
Junior Bryce Edmiston took Mizeur's spot in the 4x100 relay team, which also finished (42.85) a hair behind Spring Valley Hall (42.74) for second place.
As a team, Pana tied with DuQuoin for second place with 36 points. Salt Fork took home the team title with 40 points.
Class 1A Team Scoreboard
1 Catlin (Salt Fork) 40
2 DuQuoin (H.S.) 36
2 Pana 36
4 Morrison 33
5 Pleasant Plains 30.50
6 Carlinville 23.33
7 Forreston [Coop] 21
7 Spring Valley (Hall) 21
9 Argenta (A.-Oreana) [Coop] 20
9 Colfax (Ridgeview) [Coop] 20
9 Seneca 20
12 Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) 19