FULTON, Ill. — A couple of minor setbacks didn’t really bother Bryce Holesinger at all Tuesday evening.
The big picture was bright for Holesinger and his teammates on the Fulton/Fulton Unity boys track team.
Not only did the Steamers win their third team title this spring, they beat the teams that finished first and third at last year’s Illinois Class 1A state meet. And, this title came on their home track, too, as they claimed first place at the 11-team Fulton Relays.
“It’s been since 1997 (that Fulton won its home meet), and the fact we did it and our senior class has been doing good in every sport is great,” Holesinger said. “The seniors are doing amazing. This means a lot to the seniors, almost as much as it does to the community intself.”
Fellow Fulton senior Austin Regenwether said: “This feels real good for all of us. It’s a good accomplishment to finish first.”
Regenwether earned the individual title in the discus.
“It’s a personal best for me,” Regenwether said of his 117-foot, 3-inch winning toss, “so it’s pretty exciting. I wouldn’t say I really expected it; there’s some pretty strong competition.”
“I always love helping the team.”
Team strength was a key since all the running events were relays.
Holesinger anchored the Steamers’ other win, following Rodney Gossard, Jason Osborn and Devin Kuehl on the victorious 800-meter relay unit. Their time, 1:34.61, was more than a second faster than runner-up Camanche, as Holesinger held off hard-charging Camanche senior Derek Harksen.
Holesinger also added seconds in the long jump, shuttle hurdle relay and 1,600 relay, the latter two events in which he ran the anchor legs. He led the long jump after the preliminaries, but Sterling Newman’s Brady Rude broke off a leap of 20-9 in the finals to clip Holesinger by 5.5 inches.