It didn’t matter that the girls track and field meet at Columbus North had already been decided before the final event, the 4×400-meter relay began. Mikaela Grout and her Seymour teammates wanted to give it their best effort.
Grout made up a 10-meter deficit on the final leg to bring the Owls to a come-from-behind win in 4 minutes, 29.6 seconds. The Bull Dogs won the girls meet 77-55.
“I didn’t think I was going to catch her until the 200 mark, I thought I had a chance,” Grout said. “I liked that my team was behind me. Right before the race, we always pray that we can use our talents the best we can.”
Grout, who recently committed to Taylor University to pole vault, also won three individual events. She took the pole vault (9 feet), long jump (14-3½) and 400 (105-2).
Also for the Seymour girls, Morgan Ritz swept the shot put (31-6¼) and discus (101-7). The Owls won the 4×800 (10:05.2) and 4×400 relays (4:29.6).
For the boys, Jake Vance won the pole vault (12-6), and Seth Ragon took the high jump (6-0). Reace Cavanaugh finished second in the shot (43-2), Braden Thomasma took second in the 800 (2:10.8), and Ethan Ortman was second in the 200 (23.5).
“We had some pretty good performances,” Seymour boys coach Randy Fife said. “We knew it was going to be tough with Columbus North, but I think we competed well. We didn’t score probably as many points as we wanted to, but we competed hard, which is what a coach wants, so I’m happy with that.”