Mercer County’s Adam Huffstutler to join Augustana track program

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

ROCK ISLAND – Adam Huffstutler, a two-sport standout from Mercer County High School in Aledo, has announced his plans to enroll at Augustana in the fall and continue his education and athletic career as a member of Coach Paul Olsen’s Viking track & field program.

The 6’ 3”, 185-pound Huffstutler competed in sprints and hurdles for Coach Mick Louck at Mercer County, winning four varsity letters and serving as a captain this year. He won Lincoln Trail Conference championships in the 110 hurdles (:16.26) and 300 hurdles (:42.04) as a junior and ran a 110 hurdles personal best of :15.43 at the Farmington sectional to qualify for state. He was also a state qualifier as a member of the Golden Eagles’ 4x100 relay in 2013. He’s competed in the 400 and 4x200 and 4x400 relays as well.

Indoors, Huffstutler was the Lincoln Trail 55 hurdles champ (:08.24) in 2014. He’s qualified for the Illinois Top Times meet in the 60 hurdles and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Huffstutler was also a four-year letter winner in Coach Nat Zunkel’s football program at Mercer County. As a senior, he was a second team All-Lincoln Trail selection at wide receiver. He earned All-Area honorable mention from the Dispatch/Argus and All-Western Illinois honorable mention from the Quad-City Times.

Adam is the son of Clint and Robin Huffstutler of Aledo. An honor roll member every quarter at Mercer County and member of the student council, he is planning on a history major at Augustana.

Huffstutler will be joining a Viking track & field program that owns 16 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin outdoor titles. Twelve of those have come under Olsen, who has also guided his teams to 14 top ten national finishes, including fifth in 2014. In December of 2013, Olsen was inducted into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was that organization’s Division III “National Coach of the Year” in 2008.