Colby Wissel, an Elm Creek native, joined the Kearney High track dynasty his sophomore year and emerged as Nebraska’s all-time premier distance runner. Wissel won nine all-class gold medals and finished with state records in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. In cross country, he won three consecutive State titles and was a member of the 2003 State championship team. On the track, Wissel won back-to-back gold medals at the State Meet in the 1600, 3200 and 4X800 relay. He was a member of three State Championship teams, just part of a record setting 11 consecutive titles. At the University of Kansas, Wissel was a two-time All-American in cross country and won the 2006 Big 12 Championship. He also won the 2007 Big 12 Championship in the 3000 meters and later achieved All-American status and set the school record in the event.