“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.”