Competition is what Harrisburg head girls track coach Chuck Ingram desperately needed. He got it Wednesday.
The Bulldogs hosted the Harrisburg Invitational at Taylor Field and went up against the likes of Mt. Carmel, Anna-Jonesboro, Chester, Zeigler-Royalton and Thomponsville.
Lindsey Murray stole the show for Harrisburg, clearing 11-foot-1 in the pole vault, her highest clear this season and then took fourth in the 300 low hurdles in a time of 55.3. It was the first time this year that Murray has competed in the low hurdles.
Murray was also a part of the 400 meter relay team that finished fifth with a time of 1:02.32. That group also included Brooke Hernandez, Taylor Holmes and Joy Melendez.
Murray competed in the 800 meter relay, along with Melendez and Brooke and Breanna Hernandez, finishing in a time of 2:10 for fifth place.
The 3200 meter relay team of Miranda Elders, Tiffanie Milligan, Hannah Henshaw and Ashley Cain took first place with a time of 11:38.5, while the 1600 meter relay team of Lilee Robinson, Tori Dewar, Elders and Milligan took fourth place with a time of 5:07.
In the 800 meter run, Milligan was third with a time of 2:58 and Dewar finished in a time of 3:10.
In the 100 meters, Kelsey Hobbs was third with a time of 13.03, while Melendez finished with a time of 15.3.
Elders took third in the 400 meters with a time 1:07, while Hobbs had a time of 1:14.
In the 1600 meters, Cain was third with a time of 6:30.09 and Holmes had a time of 31.0 in the 200 meters. Breanna Hernandez had a time of 33.3, while Brooke Hernandez finished with a time of 33.7.
In the field events, Devan Jones had a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 32-feet-2 and Hobbs, along with Stricklin, had tosses of 67-feet-9.5 and 69-8, respectively in the discus.
Milligan jumped 12-feet-7 in the long jump, while Brantlea Jones finished fifth in the high jump, clearing 4-feet-6. Holmes cleared 12-feet-7 in the pole vault.
"We're starting to get into shape," Ingram said. "I'm sure like any other spring sport or any other school, this weather has put us behind a little bit of where we would like to be. We need to improve on our handoffs and on our conditioning, but I thought the kids responded well to how cold it was today."
Harrisburg will next compete at Carbondale Community High School next Tuesday, starting at 4 p.m.