Seymour pulls out boys, girls victories in 3-way

On a 40-degree night Thursday at Bulleit Stadium, the Seymour track and field teams had hot finishes to come away with a sweep.

The Seymour girls led by four points through eight events before pulling away and winning with 75½ points. Jennings County came in second with 53, and Bedford North Lawrence had 38½.

In the boys meet, Seymour had a 10-point lead halfway through and managed to win with 79 points. Jennings County was next with 52, and BNL had 36.

“Just proud of the girls,” Seymour girls coach Bob Sexton said. “It was so cold, and we were all complaining a little bit, and then we realized we’ve got to just get the job done, whatever it takes. We really didn’t know how strong Bedford and Jennings County would be, and things just worked out well for us. We’ve just got to continue staying healthy.”

Seymour boys coach Randy Fife described his team’s effort as “real solid.”

“We finished strong,” he said. “It was a good night for us. We showed improvement over Tuesday night. The big thing tonight, it wasn’t just one or two events that we just did well in, but it was a pretty good effort up and down the lineup, which is always nice.”

The girls opened the meet with a win in the 4×800 relay by Oriana Morales, Claire Loebker, Megan Winter and Emma Brock finishing in 10:41. They followed that up three events later with the top four spots in the 1,600-meter run with Ashton Chase winning in 5:32 and Brock right behind her at 5:34.

Brett Kleber came through with a win in the 300-meter hurdles in 54.87. In the next event, Brock (2:39), Abby Voss (2:39.47) and Loebker (2:49.75) took the top three spots in the 800-meter run.

Chase later came in first in the 3,200-meter run in 12:23.

“Our distance runners, when you’re looking at first, second, third or 1-2-3-4, those type of things, it really shows the strength of those young ladies,” Sexton said.

In the field events, Morgan Ritz was first in the discus with a throw of 94-11 and second in the shot put at 30-6, and her sister, Megan Ritz, won the high jump at 5-0. Also, Mikaela Grout stayed strong in the pole vault, winning at 9-0.

“I am always glad to see the field events come through for us and do well,” Sexton said. “(Morgan) Ritz is just really doing extremely well, taking first and second throwing, and her sister there in high jump, first place, I love to see that. She’s really coming on, too. Grout is holding her own there in the pole vault.”

Loebker, Alexis Gross, Grout and Morales closed the meet with a strong win in the 1,600-meter relay at 4:30.

For the boys, Cameron Deppen recorded the Owls’ first victory of the night, taking first in the 1,600 in 4:45. He later won the 800 in 2:09.

Other winners on the track were Jacob Voss in the 3,200 at 10:27 and the 4×400 relay team of Kem Forvil, Evens Cribs, Austin Hatfield and Seth Ragon. Hunter Bauserman finished second in the 3,200 in 10:41 for a 1-2 showing.

Field events also were strong for the boys. Winners were Reace Cavanaugh in the shot put (43-0), Jake Vance in the pole vault (12-6), Hatfield in the long jump (18-10¾) and Ragon in the high jump (6-3).

“I was glad to see Seth continue to jump well, and he got done in time to run the anchor leg on the winning 4-by-4,” Fife said. “Jake Vance went 12-6, and we won shot put, which was nice. Our distance runners did well again. Deppen won the 1,600 and 800 and was a double winner, and Jacob Voss ran another good 3,200.

“The kids know we’ve got to get better and better because we’re going to face good competition the rest of the season,” he said. “They’ve worked awfully hard so far, and I think they’ll continue to work hard.”

Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7080.