A pair of school records highlighted the Seymour girls track and field team’s 12-point win against Madison on a breezy Tuesday night at Bulleit Stadium.
And the Seymour boys squad had individuals earn ribbons in just the right places for a narrow 67-64 victory.
Senior Katy Nolting dashed to a school-record 16.8 in the 100-meter hurdles race on Senior Night, helping the girls come out victorious 72-60.
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Seymour girls coach Bob Sexton said he had the top piece of a broken hurdle and recently told Nolting if she got the school record, she could have that as a souvenir.
“I had been joking with her last week and also yesterday, I said, ‘I got the top of that hurdle all buffed up and ready to go,’ so she knew it was ready,” Sexton said with a smile.
The previous record was 16.91, set two years ago by Alicia Pollert. Sexton said he sent a text message to Pollert about Nolting’s record, and she offered her congratulations.
With the pole vault record, Mikaela Grout tied the previous mark at 8 feet, 6 inches a couple of weeks ago. On a windy night, she managed to improve by 4 inches and clear 8-10.
“Tonight was just a good night,” Sexton said of Grout. “It’s one of those things with the wind, and I watched them for a while, and they were kind of waiting it out, and it paid off.”
The Seymour girls opened the meet with a win in the 4×800-meter relay by Oriana Morales, Abby Voss, Madison Hays and Mariah Lewis in 10:59.
The Owls later swept the 1,600-meter run (with Megan Winter winning in 5:45), 800-meter run (Morales first in 2:30) and 3,200-meter run (Winter first in 13:09).
Nolting also won the 300-meter hurdles in 53.8, Marie Lenart placed first in the 200-meter dash in 28.36, Morgan Ritz won the discus with a throw of 91-3, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Claire Loebker, Morales, Grout and Lauren Fleetwood closed the night with a win.
“It was a tough meet with such windy conditions, and I told the girls, ‘I don’t care about your times. Just place. That’s all you can worry about because the back side (of the track) is going to be difficult. You are just going to have to bear down and go through it,’” Sexton said. “They pulled through and got some sweeps, which is really good.”
In the boys meet, Seymour coach Randy Fife said every place proved to be crucial.
“When I handed out the ribbons, all those kids that got white ribbons (third place), sometimes you think those don’t matter, but they add up. Those single points, if two of those kids don’t get third, we lose by one,” Fife said.
“I just think of anybody who got second instead of third, that would have switched the meet two points either way,” he added. “Three points is an awfully close track meet, so every person did their best tonight to help us win, and that’s how you win as a team.”
A sweep of the 200-meter dash, led by Gavin Blanton and Jackson Morris both going 24.15, was one bright spot. Those two were joined by Luke Dover and Austin Hatfield in winning the 400-meter relay in 46.27.
Corbin Lovins swept the hurdle races, winning the 110-meter race in 17.68 and the 300-meter race in 48.74.
Daniel Hauersperger had another solid meet, winning the 1,600 (4:43) and 3,200 (10:12) and helping the Owls win the 4×800 relay (8:56). He anchored the relay that consisted of Dawson York, Keegan Bowman and Cameron Deppen.
Other wins were by Bowman in the 800-meter run in 2:13; Seth Ragon in the high jump at 5-8; and Hatfield in the long jump at 20-1.
“You could go up and down the lineup and look — it wasn’t just sprints, it wasn’t just distance, it wasn’t just field events. It was everybody tonight,” Fife said. “I think that’s why the kids were so excited afterwards because they know it was a total team win. A lot of kids stepped up and did their part, so we’re really happy about that.”