For The Tribune
Seymour’s boys and girls track teams both finished fifth in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet Friday night, but the Owls were kings and queens of the long distance races.
Freshman Ashton Chase swept the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meters, and the Seymour boys picked up wins in those two events, as well.
Chase took the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 27.01 seconds.
“I wasn’t planning on (winning),” Chase said. “I tried to stay in the lead there, and I did. Every practice, I give at least 100 percent, and it paid off today.”
The 3,200 was a little tougher for Chase. She ran with Floyd Central’s Morgan Paul nearly the entire way and won in 11:56.64, five-hundreths of a second ahead of Paul.
“She worked it from the beginning,” Seymour girls coach Bob Sexton said. “She got out and stayed with the Floyd Central girl and had the want in this (3,200) to win, and that’s what we needed to see.”
In the boys meet, Cam Deppen won the 1,600 in 4:30.67. That was a personal best by six seconds.
Deppen went from fourth to first in the final 400 meters.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice,” Deppen said. “My team has been carrying me. My team was cheering me on. My friend, Hunter (Bauserman) was pushing me, and it just fell into place. My coach advised me to hang with the boys as long as I could and kick if I had any left, and I did.”
Jacob Voss took the 3,200 in 10:00.32. The Owls also got a win from Seth Ragon in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches).
“It’s something I really looked forward to doing, and I’m glad I could do it,” Ragon said.
Jacob Vance finished third in the pole vault (12-0). Austin Hatfield was fourth in the long jump (20-5).
The Seymour girls finished second in the 4×800 relay (10:11.94). Megan Winter took third in the 1,600 (5:44.06), Emma Brock was third in the 800 (2:32.92) and Megan Ritz tied for third in the high jump (4-10).
Columbus East won the boys team title, and Floyd Central took the girls team title.