Seymour earns split against East in season-opener

Seymour split with visiting Columbus East on Tuesday in their opening track and field meet of the season at Bulleit Stadium.

The girls’ team scoring came down to the final race.

In the final leg of the 4×400 relay, Seymour’s Mikaela Grout was able to distance herself in the final 200 meters to help earn the Owls’ 67-64 victory.

“(Grout) had a feeling we were behind, and I didn’t tell her we were, and went and got it,” Seymour coach Bob Sexton said. “Our distance runners did a great job.

“For the most part, we’re a pretty young team. Tonight, I pushed several people to run more events and it worked out for us.”

Grout also won the pole vault by clearing 9 feet, long jump at 14-3 and the 400 with a time of 1:04.

In the ring, Seymour’s Morgan Ritz threw 31-2½ to claim first while East’s Seena Greiwe tossed 98.6 in the discus for the top spot.

Seymour took the 1,600’s top-3 spots behind Ashton Chase, Megan Winter and Emma Brock.

Brock won the 800 in 2:35.77 and Chase was first in the 3,200 at 12:16.

Smith won the 100 dash in 13.34 and Courtney VanLiew ran a 28.37 for first in the 200 for east.

East’s Keeleigh Kikendall jumped five feet, the highest of the day, in the high jump.

In the 300 hurdles, Katie Emert was fastest in 53.09, and Becca Bryan won the 100 hurdles in 17.56.

The Olympians took the 4×100 relay.

East coach Glen Brown said he saw drops in times across the board and was pleased with the Olympians’ performance.

“Our times were much improved,” Brown said. “I was really pleased with what we did. Seymour has a good team, we will see them again at conference and, hopefully, we will be able to take care of business there. We did better in most places, and it was pleasing.”

The Olympians’ boys defeated the Owls 73-59.

In an event that didn’t end until near 9 p.m., East’s T.C. O’Neal won on misses over SHS’ Seth Ragon after clearing 6-4.

Ragon, who advanced to state in the high jump, set a personal best with 6-4.

O’Neal also claimed first in the long jump at 20-1¼ and 200 meter dash, clocking 23.42.

Rhett Myers won both the discus and shot put for the Olympians, with throws of 46-5 1/2 and 152-6.

“Our field events were pretty good, we have some experience coming back which helped carry us,” East boys coach David Miller said. “It was a cold night, but our times improved since Saturday. We got the win, which was the most important thing and we dropped times — it was a pretty good night.”

Seymour took both hurdles events, with Austin Hatfield winning the 110 high in 17.05 and Corbin Lovins taking the 300 hurdles in 46.11.

The Owls won the 4×800 relay while East was first in the 4×100 and 4×400.

For the 3,200 run, East’s Paul Bean got the blue ribbon in 10:11.

Bean also won the 1,600, at 4:41.

Cam Wilson once again took first for the Olympians in the 100, timing in at 11.58.

SHS’ Kem Florvil ran a 53.91 for first in the 400 meters dash.

The 800 run saw Seymour’s Cam Deppen cross the line first in 2:09 while teammate Tim Molinari was close behind at 2:12.

In the pole vault, Seymour’s Jake Vance cleared 11 feet for first.

“Overall, it wasn’t a bad meet for us,” Seymour coach Randy Fife said. “It was very competitive with East. We still have some work to do with our field events, but overall it was pretty good.”

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.