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Chilly weather takes little toll at regional

The unseasonably chilly weather Thursday for the Wayne boys track regional didn't create as many hardships as one might expect.

"In a few races, I had to warm up a little longer," said South Side's Shaton Harris, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Harris added he wore more layers of clothing between races.

There were a few leg issues, mainly the hamstrings, but nothing too serious.

"(The colder temperature) helps us more, and it is better for distance runners," said Carroll's Alex Hess, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 relay. "It is better than the hotter air because you can breathe better. For the sprinters, they have to warm up more to keep their muscles warm."

For Hess' teammate, Eric Claxton, the injury came a day earlier when he rolled his ankle during an "easy" run in practice.

Claxton, who was part of the 3,200 relay and second in the 800 to teammate Jonathan Harper, just used some ice and aspirin to get through the regional.

"I went down a hill and rolled my ankle pretty good," said Claxton, who said the ankle was stiff Thursday morning. "I was like that's not good, I have regionals tomorrow, and I am in three events. But everything worked out."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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