The Seymour boys track and field team used all of its depth to finish atop the scoreboard Thursday at the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional.
Seymour totaled 130 points, while Jennings County came in second at 91, and Mitchell was third with 79.
Brownstown Central placed fifth with 66 points, Trinity Lutheran was 10th at 24 and Crothersville scored three.
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It’s the first sectional title for Seymour since 2013.
“It is not always about winning and getting that 10 points. It is about getting two places in the events and doubling up those scores,” Seymour coach Randy Fife said. “We did a nice job of that, and getting two in the finals in the 200 was big, two people scored in the 800.”
The top three finishers in each event earned an automatic bid to the Bloomington North Regional on Thursday.
Cameron Deppen picked up Seymour’s only top prize, clocking 4:36.8 in the 1,600-meter run. Teammate Hunter Bauserman placed third in 4:40.
Seymour’s squad of Bradan Thomasma, Alex Lovins, Trent Hohenstreiter and Deppen was third in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 8:34.6.
The Owls’ Ethan Ortman placed second in the 200-meter dash (23.59) and third in the 100-meter dash (11.55).
The team of Austin Hatfield, Evens Cribs, Gavin Blanton and Ortman second in the 400-meter relay in 44.7.
Hatfield also leaped 20-2 in the long jump for second place.
Kem Forvil hit the finish line in 52.2 seconds to get third in the 400-meter run.
With a time of 10:13, Jacob Voss finished second in the 3,200-meter run.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Cribs, Forvil, Conner Lane and Luke Champ combined for 3:34.3 to finish third.
Seth Ragon will once again make a regional appearance in the high jump, as he placed third by clearing 6-1.
With a vault of 12-6, Jake Vance got second in the pole vault.
Nik Richert’s toss of 120-8 was good for third place in the discus.
“We got double points in the 32 and 16, double in the pole vault and discus as well.
“We got double points in the 3,20 and 1,600, double in the pole vault and discus as well,” Fife said. “We over performed a lot of our seeds. That’s how you win. The seeds are what they are, and if you don’t score based on the seeds you have to perform that night and the kids really stepped up. I’m really proud of them.”
Braves send multiple athletes to regional
Brownstown Central got off to a good start when its 3,200-meter relay team of Colton Ritz, Cameron Lee, Harlan Deaton and Jake McCullough placed second with a time of 8:25.9.Joe Barnes led the Braves by winning the shot put (51-7) and discus (157-8).
“I threw PR’s in the shot put and discus and that’s what we planned,” Barnes said. “This past week has been great. The conference went great.
“I got support from everybody I know. My family was here. The coaches were great to me. They pointed out some things. (Clay) Wilkerson and I went back-and-forth. We help each other every throw.”
Wilkerson finished right behind Barnes in the discus with a throw of 46-10 for Brownstown.
Another Braves win came from Jacob Bollinger in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6. Ritz took third at 12 feet.
McCullough also got a nod in the 800 with a second-place finish in 2:04.3.
Braves coach Sam Terrell said he was pleased with the overall performance of the Braves, and Barnes said he had a good series of throws in both events.
“Overall it’s a very good night for a lot of our guys,” he said. “We had a lot of personal records. That’s what you want, running your PRs at the end of the year.”
Pair from Trinity Lutheran advance
A.J. Goecker of Trinity Lutheran placed first in the 3,200-meter run with a new school record of 10:07.6.“(Goecker) knocked off 18 seconds his school record,” Trinity coach Chris Crenshaw said. “This is probably the first race he’s ran on pretty fresh legs. Between basketball and track he’s had pretty tired legs. I’m real proud of him
Trinity’s Matt McKay also advanced in the 110-meter hurdles by clocking 16.11.