Back in the fall, the Harrisburg High School football team captured the crown for the Southern Illinois River to River Ohio Conference. As expected, the boys' basketball team turned the trick this past winter. Not surprised, the baseball team won the conference title this spring and then on Thursday afternoon, Harrisburg completed the sweep at the Bulldog boys' track and field team won the Ohio side of the SIRR River to River Conference meet at Sparta.
Harrisburg head coach Zac Cox said that there was plenty of talk all season about his Bulldogs doing something that his rarely done in all four sports in southern Illinois.
"Absolutely there was talk about us trying to win the conference. It was a goal from the very beginning. I have heard several of the boys talk about finishing the season on a strong note. The seniors talked about finishing this year in a fashion that hardly any team has.
"There was a bit of chip on shoulders today," Cox added. "That they knew they needed to take care of business and stay on par with what the other programs have done."
DJ Duncan won three individual events and took home a first place finishing the 4x100 relay team.
Duncan set a new River to River Ohio Conference record with a 14.7 time in the 110 high hurdles.
He also took home the top time in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 40.1. Duncan won the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.4 and was the lead man in the 400 meter relay team that finished in a time of 44.4
Also on the that relay team is Preston Boone, Dylan Yates and Logan Hartley.
Harrisburg had three other first place finishes as Isaac Ingram won the shot put with a throw of 55'2'' and Corbin Crim took the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.4.
The 1600 meter relay team of Preston Boone, Logan Hartley, James Curtis and Capel Henshaw won the with a time of 3:34.
Snjolfur Bjornsson had four second place finishes Thursday as the Iceland transfer finished second in the long jump (20'5''), triple jump (43'4''), 100 meter dash (11.4) and was part of the 800 meter relay that took second with a time of 1:35.5. Included in that relay was Crim, Yates and Curtis.
The Freshmen 800 meter relay team of Cody Rightnowar, Aaron Stephens, Bailey Drone and Dustin Lane got second with a time of 1:38.
Other second place finishes included Crim in the 200 meter dash, Hartley in the 400 meter run and McCartney Motsinger in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:26.
Harrisburg's 3200 meter relay team took second with a time of 8:53 and on the field side, Austin Lowery took second in the pole vault and Henshaw had a second place finish in the high jump.
Page 2 of 2 - Preston Boone took third in the 800 meters, while Henshaw had a third place finish in the 400 meter dash.
Ross Bergman took fourth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:54 and that was a 32 second personal record for him. Caleb Bishop had a jump of 10'6'' in the pole vault, for a foot-better personal record.
Black Diamond Conference
Justin Wiseman had a second place showing in the shot put at Thursday's Black Diamond Conference meet at Hamilton County.
Logan Kanady took third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.14 and the 4x200 relay team of Colton Edwards, Nick Schimp, Nathan Burnett and Kanady had a fifth place showing.
Lindsey Murray qualified for the IHSA Class 2A State Track and Field Meet to be ran at Charleston next weekend. The Harrisburg High School junior took second in the pole vault, clearing 9-9, which is the state qualifying standard height.