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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep T&F: Murphysboro repeats as Chuck Oyler Invite champs

  • Duncan named MVP of event
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  • For the second year in a row, the Murphysboro High School boys track team has won the Chuck Oyler Invite. The Red Devils dominated the 14-team field Wednesday on their way to tallying 147.5 team points at the 29th annual event.
    Harrisburg, fresh off a win at the Herrin Invite Monday, finished second with 126 points, while Sparta was third with 107.5 points.
    Carterville was fourth with 45 points, Nashville was fifth with 37.5 points, Massac County took sixth with 29 points and host Benton was seventh with 27 points.
    Du Quoin (18.5), West Frankfort (18) and Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton (11.5) rounded out the top 10.
    Harrisburg's D.J. Duncan broke two meet records on his way to being named the meet's MVP. Duncan set a new record in the 300-meters intermediate hurdles with a time of 38 seconds, which was better than Du Quoin's Trevor Hoffman's previous record time of 39.3, which was set in 2009.
    In the 100-meter high hurdles, Duncan finished in 14.5 seconds on his way to breaking the previous record of 14.8 seconds, which was set by Benton's Scott Webb in 1986 and Nashville's Bruce Guinzy in 2007.
    The meet's high jump record was also broken Wednesday. Massac County's Alex King cleared 6-8 and broke Herrin's Nathan Luken's 2012 record of 6-6.
    Outside of the record-setting times, several individuals also had some of their best performances of the season.
    Carterville's Travis Kidd placed second in the high jump with a mark of 6-4 and West Frankfort's Michael Kelley was second in the pole vault with a mark of 12-8.
    Benton only won one event Wednesday. The Rangers freshman 1,600-meter relay team of George Styles, Matt Williams, Dailus Richardson and Tylor Marler finished in 3:47.9. 
    While the Rangers didn't win their home meet, Benton coach Rod Shurtz was pleased with the progress he saw from his team Wednesday.
    "I see improvement each meet and that's all you can ask for," Shurtz said. "We had the best day of the year as far as the weather is concerned and it was a great day for a track meet. My guys are young, but they're working hard and we are getting better."
    While West Frankfort finished ninth overall, West Frankfort coach Brian Beery said he liked a lot of what he saw from his runners.
    "I think we competed well," Beery said. "There were some talented teams with a lot of good athletes and we held our own. Trenton Easley and Lucas Wilson continue to impress me in the mile run. Easley finished under five minutes which was his goal and Wilson finished just above. They are just cutting huge chunks off of their times and it's great to see. Michael Kelley also finished second in the pole vault today. We've made a lot of progress in the last few weeks now that we've gotten to practice outside and I think we're on the right track."
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