he Seymour girls track and field team dominated the distance events while picking up some victories in the field to claim its fifth straight sectional title Tuesday.

The Owls finished with 127½ points, 2½ points ahead of host Jennings County to claim the title.

With the other Jackson County schools, Brownstown Central was fifth with 63 points, Trinity Lutheran ninth at 19, Crothersville 10th at eight and Medora 12th with one.

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“The biggest thing tonight is that I’m proud of the freshmen and sophomores,” Owls coach Bob Sexton said. “They put us in this win. They were the key in these conditions. I have to hand it to the girls, they didn’t complain — they just ran the race.”

The athletes braved three hours of pouring rain in cool temperatures at Jennings County High School.

Brownstown Central, Crothersville, Medora, Seymour and Trinity Lutheran competed, with athletes finishing in the top three automatically earning individual regional berths.

In the first race of the day, the Seymour 4×800-meter relay team of Claire Loebker, Megan Winter, Abby Voss and Oriana Morales won with a time of 10:16.82.

Seymour took the top two spots in the 1,600-meter, with freshman Ashton Chase getting first in 5:40.59 and Winter taking second in 5:52.41.

Seymour also took the top two in the 800-meter, with Emma Brock winning in 2:31.15 ahead of Voss by three seconds.

Chase won her second sectional title in the 3,200 with a 12:12.39, and senior Maya Hauersperger placed fourth in 13:02.64.

“It is absolutely something special,” Sexton said of Chase’s performance. “It’s one of those where you hope you do everything to help her to prepare against upperclassmen. I think placing one and two at conference really helped her confidence.”

Loebker, Mikaela Grout, Oriana Morales and Alexis Gross were second for Seymour in the 4×400-meter relay in 4:25.92.

Seymour’s Avery DeHart placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.58, while Brownstown’s Sophie Kreis took seventh in 17.81.

Braves freshman Brooklyn Snodgrass earned second place in the 100-meter dash by clocking 13.18, while sophomore teammate Kristen Stuckwisch got seventh in 14.27.

The pole vault saw Grout, a senior, earn another sectional title by clearing 8 feet. Mallory Nierman of Brownstown got second at 7 feet, while the Braves’ Czarina Agpalza and the Owls’ Sarah Benefiel tied for fourth at 6 feet.

Seymour’s 4×100-meter squad of Jessica Blevins, Cecily Coffman, Megan Ritz and DeHart timed 56.38 to finish third.

At the high jump, Trinity’s Hailley Peters earned first place with a jump of 4-11. Megan Ritz got second jumping 4-8, and Brownstown’s Maddy Pace earned fourth along with Crothersville’s Chasta Lamb at 4-6.

Crothersville’s Breanna Barger notched third place in the 400-meter dash (1:03.52), followed by Grout (1:04.03) and Stuckwisch (1:04.54).

Brownstown’s Trentity Vaught won the title in the discus with a heave of 110-6, while Morgan Ritz of Seymour placed second throwing 106-11.

Medora’s Lillie Hatfield was eighth in the 1,600-meter run (6:05.78) and 10th for the 3,200-meter run (13.37.50) for two school records.

The regional competition will be at 6 p.m. May 24 at Bloomington North High School.

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