Metamora’s Jake Gillum put the finishing touches on a spectacular high school career, which already featured three Journal Star Boys Cross Country Runner of the year awards, with a Class 2A state track and field meet performance for the ages on Memorial Day Weekend.

Gillum pulled off the memorable and rather rare 800-1600 double, winning both races in record-setting fashion. After winning the 800 in a school record 1:53.74, Gillum came back to run a state-meet record 4:14.28 to take the 1600 by five seconds. The double is so rare it had not been pulled off since 1912 by a large-school athlete. Even in Class 1A, it’s only been done twice — in 2009 by Winnetka North Shore Country Day’s Peter Callahan and in 1993 by Brian Allen of St. Joseph-Ogden.

In his first season at Illinois State, Gillum competed in five cross country meets for the Redbirds with an 8-K personal-best of 26:34.35 at the Greater Louisville Classic.