The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 16, 2014

Steamers win on home track

By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — 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.

“He told me he was surprised by that,” Holesinger said.

In the 1,600 relay, Harksen caught and passed Holesinger in the final 200 meters to give Camanche its third win of the night. Harksen finished 2 seconds ahead of Holesinger as the foursome of Jeremiah Jones, Brady Beal, Will Seeser and Harksen won the event in 3:35.0.

“Fulton told us before the race they wanted us to get first so we could push them to win the meet,” said Harksen, whose job was made easier when Seeser closed the gap on Fulton with a strong third leg. “The 400 is probably my best race.”

Harksen also ran the anchor as Camanche won the 800 sprint medley in 1:39.02, finishing almost 6 seconds ahead of runner-up Amboy. Seeser finished the Indians’ other win, following Quan Matthew, Tre Austin and Jones in the 1,600 medley, which the Indians won by more than 9 seconds in 3:51.21.

Camanche appeared to have one more win, too, but its shuttle hurdle relay team was disqualified. Coach Steve Dougherty said he didn’t see an infraction from his angle.

“They said our second hurdler’s trail leg went around the hurdle,” said Thomas Brantley, who anchored the event. “It’s his first year of high school track. I’m proud of our guys.”

The reason for that is easy. Even if it didn’t count, the time of 1:05.1 was an impressive for the Indians, since Brantley is the lone member back from last year’s unit that took second in the Class 2A state meet.

Had Camanche’s time stood, the Indians would have finished second behind Fulton/Fulton Unity. They wouldn’t have caught the Steamers, though, and that helped fuel the optimism for the Steamers.

“We knew we’d be better this year than last year,” Holesinger said. “Newman was first in the state (last year) and E/P was third, and we’ve beat both of them. That’s definitely something to say.”

They’re hoping their actions will speak even louder than words as the season goes on.

FULTON RELAYS

Team standings

1. Fulton/Fulton Unity 82; 2. Erie/Prophetstown 71; 3. Sterling Newman 64; 4. Camanche 63; 5. Sherrard 57; 6. Amboy 45; 7. Galena/River Ridge/East Dubuque 39; 8. Riverdale 14; 9. Morrison 12; 10. West Carroll 9; 11. Milledgeville 7.

Individual results

(Top two, area scorers)

Shot put — 1. Ben Corlett (Sher) 43-10; 2. Kade McNeely (GRRED) 41-2.5; 3. Pedro Herrera (EP) 41-1.5; 6. Lane Kaczinski (Cam) 39-10.

Discus — 1. Austin Regenwether (FFU) 117-3; 2. Kaczinski (Cam) 116-8; 3. Andrew Screnock (Mor) 113-6; 6. Quan Matthew (Cam) 107-9.

High jump — 1. Liam Ohlendorf (Am) 6-0; 2. Michael Dixon (FFU) 5-10; 5-T. Kyle Matthews (FFU) 5-6.

Long jump — 1. Brady Rude (New) 20-9; 2. Bryce Holesinger (FFU) 20-3.5; 5. Shaun Hintz (FFU) 18-0.5.

Triple jump — 1. Nolan McGinn (New) 42-0.75; 2. Rodney Gossard (FFU) 40-3; 6. Devin Saunders (WC) 35-8.5.

1,600 sprint medley — 1. Camanche (Matthew, Tre Austin, Jeremiah Jones, Will Seeser) 3:51.21; 2. Newman 4:00.38; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 4:01.40; 4. Fulton/Fulton Unity 4:02.68.

Distance medley — 1. Newman 10:04.82; 2. Erie/Prophetstown 10:18.57; 5. Camanche 10:44.74; 6. Fulton/Fulton Unity 10:51.46.

400 shuttle hurdle relay — 1. Galena/RR/ED 1:05.67; 2. Fulton/Fulton Unity 1:05.82; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 1:09.18; 6. West Carroll 1:10.98.

400 relay — 1. Erie/Prophetstown (Austin Frietag, Kody Wetzell, Tyler Naftzger, Seth Cameron) 45.02; 2. Camanche 46.42; 3. Fulton/Fulton Unity 46.90.

Freshman/sophomore 1,600 relay — Sherrard 3:51.01; 2. Erie/Prophetstown 4:03.98; 3. West Carroll 4:08.74; 6. Fulton/Fulton Unity 4:20.48.

800 sprint medley — 1. Camanche (Matthew, Thomas Brantley, Jones, Derek Harksen) 1:39.02; 2. Amboy 1:44.59; 5. Fulton/Fulton Unity 1:45.82; 6. Erie/Prophetstown 1:46.14.

3,200 relay — 1. Newman 8:46.81; 2. Amboy 8:55.87; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 9:14.80; 4. Fulton/Fulton Unity 9:22.81; 6. Camanche 9:43.53.

800 relay — 1. Fulton/Fulton Unity (Gossard, Jason Osborn, Devin Kuehl, Holesinger) 1:34.61; 2. Camanche 1:35.75; 4. Erie/Prophetstown 1:36.33.

Freshman/sophomore 400 relay — 1. Erie/Prophetstown 48.32; 2. Sherrard 48.88; 3. Morrison 50.49; 4. Camanche 50.73; 6. West Carroll 52.73.

1,600 relay — 1. Camanche (Jones, Brady Beal, Seeser, Harksen) 3:35.00; 2. Fulton 3:37.00; 3. Erie/Prophetstown 3:39.68; 5. West Carroll 3:55.00.