With Jennings County joining this year’s Seymour girls track and field sectional, the Owls knew they needed to bring their best competition to hold onto the throne.
The Owls defeated the Panthers by the narrow margin of 111.7 to 109.7 as coach Bob Sexton boasted his fourth-straight sectional championship with the team.
“We knew that Jennings County and Bedford was going to be strong,” Sexton said. “I told the girls we will have to be good and great, and that was going to be the distance. I didn’t know what the score would be until the end.
“One of the parents turned to me and guessed second place, and I thought maybe that’s where we were. I didn’t know until they made the call. Jennings County’s a strong team, they’re getting better every year.”
On the night, the top three places advanced to next week’s regional at Bloomington North.
In the 1,600, Owls junior Megan Winter garnered a blue ribbon with a time of 5:33.19 while her fellow teammate, senior Madison Hays, got second in 5:43.07.
“I feel great,” Winter said. “I feel like I accomplished something big. This gave me a lot of confidence that I can drop more time going into regional. I would like to get to 5:20 or under to get to state. Even at state you need to be at that time to compete with the others.”
Mikaela Grout, of Seymour, took the pole vault clearing 8 feet while Brownstown Central’s Elisa Gallion grabbed second at 7 feet 6 inches. Fellow Owl Sarah Benefiel also advanced to regional clearing 7 feet.
Brownstown Central senior Jaelyn Reynolds won her second discus sectional title of her career with a throw of 115-8 while teammate Trentity Vaught came in second tossing 111-11.
“It feels pretty good, I hadn’t won the title since my freshman year,” Reynolds said. “I just hope I can make it over the hump, I’ve been to regional all four years. I want to be able to say I made it to state.”
In the shot put, the Owls’ Brooklin Klopf garnered second place as she heaved 34-03.25.
The Owls 4×800 team of Hays, Oriana Morales, Mariah Lewis and Abby Voss earn third in 10:25.26.
The 3,200 saw Voss finish third in 12:41.08.
For the 800, Morales got second in her sectional debut timing 2:27.77.
For the 300 hurdles, the Braves’ Olivia Goecker claimed second (48.88) and the Owls’ Katy Nolting finished third (51.94).
Elisa Gallion earned a another regional spot for the Braves in the 100 hurdles clocking 16.8 for second place.
Trinity Lutheran sophomore Hailley Peters jumped the highest on the night clearing 5-2 for first place. Peters also garnered second in the long jump leaping 16-9.
Cougars senior Angi Bergstedt got second in the 200 in 26.2 and 100 timing in at 13.07.
The 4×100 relay team of Bergstedt, Peters, Miranda Murphy and Lexi Schneider also advanced to regional with a second place finish in 53.25.
“Peters extended her long jump by nine inches and beat her best high jump by 4 inches,” Cougars coach Chris Crenshaw said. “She really performed well here tonight, a critical part of the team. I can’t express how proud I am of all the girls from tonight.”
Crothersville will send freshman Chasta Lamb to regional in the high jump, as she set a personal best of 5-0.
“I think her best jump before was 4-8 and she cleared 5 feet. I just think she relaxed and did really well,” Tigers coach Cheryl Nehrt said. “With Jennings County being added the sprinting events were tough for us. Now we know what we’re up against them and will come back strong next year.”
Jadelyn Dean ran a 6:56 in the 1,600 for a 13th place finish to represent Medora.