FULTON, Ill. — One Fulton athlete has punched his ticket to this week’s Illinois state boys track and field competition.
Fulton’s Dayne Holesinger jumped 41-4 in the boys triple jump during the sectional meet Saturday at Erie, Illinois, High School to claim a spot at the state meet.
Holesinger finished second at the event, losing to Sterling Newman’s Karter Decker with a jump of 42-3.
Fulton’s Kyle Schipper finished seventh in the event, jumping 37-6 1/4.
The state meet starts Thursday and is held in Charleston, Illinois.
The Morrison boys generated more success on the track Saturday during the meet, finishing second as a team with 64 points. Erie placed fourth with 62 points and Fulton garnered 31.
Sterling Newman won the meet with 100 points.
State qualifiers for Morrison included Keegan Anderson in the 400 with a time of 50.70, outdistancing teammate and runner-up Nathan Mickley by almost two seconds. The state meet qualifying time was 52.01. Mickley ran it in 52.64.
Koby Brackemeyer was the meet’s lone qualifier in the 800 with a time of 2:02.49, just qualifying in the meet standard of 2:02.79.
The Morrison 1,600 relay finished first at the meet and qualified for the state meet with a time of 3:27.98, beating the qualifying standard by almost six seconds.
The relay team consists of Mickley, John Winkleman, Brackemeyer and Anderson.
The 3,200 relay team also qualified for state with a first-place showing at 8:27.46, besting second-place Erie by more than 14 seconds. The 3,200 relay features Nick Allen, Mickley, Anderson and Brackemeyer.
Four Erie athletes qualified for the state meet.
The qualifiers are Eric Robinson and Levi Cole in the high jump, and Kyle Kruhtoff and Cameron Abell in the pole vault. Robinson and Cole jumped 6-1 in the high jump, while Kruhtoff won the pole vault with a jump of 15-6. Abell jumped 12-8 to qualify.
Fulton softball wins regional title
OREGON — It only took the Fulton softball team six innings to make history Saturday at the Class 2A Oregon Regional.
The fourth-seeded Steamers cruised to a 10-0 victory against eighth-seeded Winnebago to claim the program’s first regional title. The win moves the Steamers to the Oregon Sectional semifinals, where they will square off against Peru St. Bede at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
It didn’t take long for fans Saturday to realize Fulton didn’t have to worry about a close game. Already up 3-0, Emily Schipper put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the second inning to give the Steamers a 7-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Madison Whitmore, who allowed one hit, one walk and tallied three strikeouts in the three-inning affair. Whitmore also totaled two hits with an RBI.