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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boys Track & Field: Bulldogs hold their own at stacked Sectional

  • Horton, two relay teams qualify for Charleston
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  • The Harrisburg High School boys track and field team qualified one individual and two relay teams at Thursday’s Herrin Sectional.
    Competing as an individual will be senior Luke Horton, who claimed the championship in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.
    The 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams will also represent Harrisburg High School at next weekend’s IHSA State Track and Field Finals in Charleston.
    The 4x100 team of Dustin Lane, Preston Boone, Corbin Crim and Horton qualified with a time of 43.16, while the 4x400 team of Horton, Boone, James Curtis and Michael Victoria qualified in a time of 3:25.10
    Crim ran a state qualifying time of 49.73 in the 400 but was disqualified for a lane violation and other finishes included a third place finish for Tyler Marler in the 110 high hurdles, finishing in a time of 15.40. Austin Lowery placed sixth in the pole vault, clearing 12-foot-6.
    It was a day that Harrisburg head coach Zach Cox knew he could have had more events qualify. Cox admitted it was just as much frustrating for him as it was for his kids, who competed in a stacked field, that included teams from Cahokia and Triad.
    “If we want to compete and excel at this level we have to be almost perfect,” Cox said. “We have to pay attention to details and these are things we’ve preached all year. We have done okay with that at times this year and other times we have not. We have a young group and this was a good learning experience for them.
    “I’m proud of our seniors, especially the two seniors we had running today. Our upperclassmen got the job done today.
    NOTE: The boys’ track and field team will hold a track meet for kindergardeners through fifth graders Sunday at Taylor Field with registration starting at 1:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go towards the team.
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