SIOUX CITY -- The Sioux City Relays will induct one of its most accomplished classes into the Hall of Fame in recent memory Friday. Megan Glisar-Wegher, Tyler Mulder and Darwin Vande Hoef comprise the three-member class that shined on some of the sport's biggest stages.
Glisar-Wegher, who starred at Sergeant Bluff-Luton, became the first Iowa girl ever to win four consecutive state high jump titles, completing that reign as a senior in 2009. She would go on to capture a NAIA national championship for Morningside in 2012 before transferring to the NCAA Division I program at the University of South Dakota.
“Winning the high jump title my freshman year of high school gave me confidence to perform at the highest level which continued on throughout high school and my college years,” Glisar-Wegher said. “During my college athletic career, I looked forward to jumping at this meet in front of family, friends, and the hometown crowd.”
A three-sport athlete for the Warriors, garnering all-conference laurels in volleyball and basketball, she added four straight Sioux City Relays high jump wins to her four-peat at the state meet. Meanwhile, she qualified for a whopping 15 state meet events over four seasons, one shy of the maximum, setting school records in the 200 and 400 sprints as well as two relays.
“All of my athletic accomplishments gave me something to look back on and be proud of,” she said. “I am proud to have been able to represent the schools I competed for at such great athletic events, while performing at the highest level in the country.”
Glisar-Wegher is also being inducted into the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union Track and Field Hall of Fame at the state track meet in May.
As a senior at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Mulder dominated the Sioux City Relays’ open 800, winning by nearly five seconds. He would go on to help lead the Unity sprint medley relay team to a convincing victory in 3:36.65.
“Our team really wanted to get our medley qualifier to the Drake Relays so we had one last chance to do it and we ended up setting the meet record that I believe stood for some time,” he said. “On top of that I was able to set my personal best time of the year at that point running 1:56 to set the meet record in that as well.”
Mulder went on to become a an eight-time NCAA Division I All-American, a national champion in the 800 and then a professional competing internationally for eight years (2009-16). Mulder’s best of 1:44.34 in the 800 is more than 10 seconds faster than the 1:54.79 that earned him the state’s Class 2A title as a prep senior, breaking the 2A state record at that time.
“Looking back on my athletic career, I had a good career and I always trained knowing I had given everything I had to do the best I could do and not have any doubts that I couldn’t have done much better,” he said. “To become an NCAA champion is never something I thought of as a young high school athlete, let alone get the opportunity to run pro and travel the world. Track has taken me to some pretty special places and left me with a lot of positive memories. “
The current track and cross country coach at Hawkeye College in Waterloo, Iowa, Mulder went on to win a national title in the 800 at the University of Northern Iowa in 2008.
Vande Hoef, a Rock Valley, Iowa native, was a three-time state high jump champion with a mark of 7 feet, 2 inches that still reigns as the state's second-best all-time. He is the only three-event winner in Drake Relays boys history taking both hurdle events along with the high jump.
He would earn All-American honors at Iowa State in the high jump clearing 7-2.5 and would later become an accomplished decathlete.
“My sophomore year in 1987, I jumped a personal best 6-6 to not only win the Relays, but to break my school record as well,” Vande Hoef said. “I feel like this was the moment when I realized I could achieve some bigger things in the high jump. I went on to win the state meet that year with a jump of 6-10, but I feel like it all started at the Sioux City Relays that year.”