The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Track & Field: Harrisburg takes third at Herrin

  • Bulldogs come away with four first-place finishes
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  • Zach Cox, like most coaches, is a big believe in the mantra that you practice like you play.
    This past week, the Harrisburg head boys track and field coach, wasn’t impressed with his Bulldogs in practice and the result showed Wednesday.
    Harrisburg finished third with 96 points in the Herrin Invitational, while Mt. Vernon won the event with 140 points. Marion finished second with 130 points.
    The host Tigers took fourth with 47 points, while Nashville, Murphysboro, Du Quoin, Carterville and Goreville all rounded out the final five.
    Harrisburg won four events on the day as Corbin Crim took first in the long jump, going 18-feet-10. Tyler Marler won the 110 high hurdles in a time of 15.2, while Luke Horton won the 800 meters in a time of 2:02 and the 4x400 meter relay team of Preston Boone, James Curtis, Michael Victoria and Horton took first place with a time of 3:36.
    The Bulldogs had just as many second place finishes as they did first place finishes with the 4x400 and the 4x100 meter relay teams finishing with times of 8:50 and 45 seconds, respectively.
    Crim placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 11 seconds and Austin Lowry took second in the pole vault at 12-foot.
    “We had a below average performance in practice this week and it showed today,” Cox said. “There is a ton of potential on this team, but if we can’t work harder in practice we will continue to under achieve. Our goal is to just get better every day.”
    Harrisburg returns to action Saturday at the Murphysboro Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.
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