"There's a fine line at being too serious and going into a race lightweight," Wachura said. "My coach tries to get me to go into a race without expectations. I do my best when I'm not pressured.
"At the same time, that pressure helps me perform," he added. "I do get this huge adrenaline rush where I know, coming down the stretch, I'm right where I need to be to win. My kick is my lethal weapon."
He will be joined at the state meet by Menlo-Atherton senior Stas DellaMorte, who won the long jump in 22 feet, 101/2 inches after barely qualifying for the finals.
"I couldn't sleep last night," DellaMorte said. "I was overthinking about how to relax my legs and make sure I was ready for today."
DellaMorte was so distracted he had forgotten to remove a pair of ear rings and had to give them to a teammate to hold.
After dealing with the pressures of school and finishing up last week, Della-Morte was able to relax over the past couple of days.
"I wanted to start with a good jump and end with a good jump," he said. "I was happy with the mark, but I could have done better. I wanted to try to get to 24, and now that's the goal for the next time."
Menlo School senior Samuel Parker finished second to Waschura in the 800, running a time of 1:57.27, and Serra senior Dalyn Pacheco was second in the high jump at 6-feet, 5 inches. Pacheco was eighth in the triple jump.
Burlingame senior Allison Daley also advanced to the state meet, finishing second in the girls 300 hurdles in 45.18.
"It's a little disappointing but I'm not surprised," said Daley, who brought the section's top time into the race. "It's been competitive this whole season. I was hoping for a 44.5 or close to it. I still have the state meet."
Daley plans to continue her soccer career at the club level and hopes to play intramurals at Bucknell, where she will be in the fall.
"It has everything I wanted," Daley said of her college choice. "There's an opportunity to study abroad for a semester, and they have a strong business program. I'm trying something new."
Aragon junior Lauren Croshaw ran fourth in the 1,600, recording a school record with her time of 5:02.08
Several San Mateo County athletes just missed qualifying. The Serra 400 relay team finished fourth in 42.64, an improvement on its preliminary time but not enough to overcome third-place Palo Alto's 42.07.
Mills sophomore Grant Murphy finished fifth, and Menlo-Atherton junior Michael Hester was 10th in the 1,600. Woodside senior Jason Chandler was fourth in the 400 in 49.78, and San Mateo sophomore Michael Beery finished sixth in 50.18.
Terra Nova senior Vincent Hernandez was sixth in the 100 in 11.07, San Mateo senior Jesse Wong was fifth in the 300 hurdles, Sequoia junior Gabriel Ortiz was fourth in the 200, Aragon sophomore Christian Pedro was fifth in the 3,200, Woodside finished seventh in the 1,600 relay, and Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Cameron Van was sixth in the high jump.
Serra senior Ben Parodi was fourth in the shot put, and Jonathan Beering was eighth.
In girls events, Woodside's Christina Dobbins ran sixth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdles, Menlo School freshman Madeline Price was fifth in the 400, Sacred Heart Prep's Maggie Fong was sixth in the 100, Westmoor's Kylie Goo placed sixth in the 800, Woodside Priory's Kat Gregory was sixth in the 3,200, Mills' Sabrina Mendoza was eighth in the discus and sixth in the shot put, and Mercy's Veronica Smart was fourth in the shot put.
400 R: Gilroy 41.77, Bellarmine 41.99, Palo Alto 42.07, Serra 42.64; 1,600: Waschura (Woodside) 4:19.00; Foster (Los Gatos) 4:21.44; Bell (Salinas) 4:22.60; 5, Murphy (Mills) 4:23.42, 10, Hester (M-A) 4:25.38; 110 HH: Goetzl (Aptos) 14.61, Biawogi (Prospect) 14.66; Stine (Los Altos) 14.73; 400: Chapman (Bellarmine) 49.09, Favors (Gunderson) 49.35; Standish (NMC) 49.66, Chandler (Woodside) 49.78, 6, Beery (SM) 50.18; 100: Soares (Gilroy) 10.66, Williams (PA) 10.90, Walker (LO) 10.91, 6, Hernandez (TN) 11.06;800: Waschura (Woodside) 1:56.61, Parker (Menlo) 1:57.27, Johnson (SLV) 1:57.79; 300 IH: Medina (San Benito) 38.34, Biawogi 38.87, Stine 39.39, 5, Wong (SM) 40.29; 200: Favors 21.84, Walker 22.04, Moore (SHC) 22.17, Ortiz (Sequoia) 22.23; 3,200: Bishop (Monta Vista) 9:08.74, Schuh (Mountain View) 9:10.19, Geiken (LG) 9:15.50, 5, Pedro (Aragon) 9:30.93; 1,600 R: San Benito 3:21.43, Gilroy 3:23.47, St. Francis 3:26.30, 7, Woodside 3:29.80.
HJ: Dorsey (Monterey) 6-9; Pacheco (Serra) 6-5, Descalso (SF) 6-3; PV: Rayburn (NMC) 15-5, Toney (SF) 14-6, Decker (NMC) 14-0; LJ: DellaMorte (M-A) 22-101/2, Soares (Gilroy) 22-9, Johnson (SF) 22-41/2; TJ: Strehlow (Wilcox) 45-6, Awuzie (Oak Grove) 44-4, Thompson (VC) 44-33/4, 8, Pacheco 42-71/2; DT: Bickham (SF) 174-10, Casas (NMC) 154-2, Ikeme (Gilroy) 153-4; SP: Brazil (MP) 57-01/4, Casas (NMC) 56-6, Bickham (SF) 56-0, Parodi (Serra) 54-71/4, 8, Beering (Serra) 48-111/2.