No matter what event he ran in 2016, Brownstown Central senior Jake McCullough scored points for the track and field team.

McCullough ran relays and distance events for the Braves and was named the Most Valuable track member at Wednesday’s awards ceremony in the high school cafeteria.

At the Bloomington North regional, McCullough ran 2:00.22 to finish third and advance to the state track meet in the 800.

McCullough also was a regional qualifier in the 3,200 and All-Mid-Southern Conference honorable mention with his teammates Cameron Lee, Harlan Deaton and Colton Ritz in the 4×800 relay.

The most outstanding athlete in field events went to Joseph Barnes.

Barnes broke the school record in the discus at 161-1 at regional for third and tossed 55-7½ for shot put to claim the top finish.

At the Mid-Southern Conference meet and Bedford North Lawrence sectional, Barnes won both throwing events.

Most Improved was given to junior Jacob Bollinger.

Bollinger broke the school record in the pole vault at 14-2, was All-MSC, the sectional champion and made it all the way to the state meet.

Deaton was presented the most outstanding distance runner award, and Andrew Kellermeier got most outstanding sprinter.

Deaton qualified for the regional in the 4×800 relay along with Kyle Kramer, Cameron Lee, Jeremy Pitts and Colton Ritz.

Senior John McKinney was given the mental attitude award. McKinney had a strong start to the season before hurting his back and missing the end of the year.

Other All-MSC honorable mentions went to seniors Ryan Benter (pole vault) and Clayton Wilkerson (shot put).

Wilkerson (shot put) and Ritz (pole vault) also qualified for the regional.

Varsity jackets were presented to Bollinger and Deaton.

As a team, the Braves finished 31-8 on the season (24-4 in regular season).

The Braves won the Salem Invite, were second at conference and fifth in the sectional.

Approximately 21 boys earned varsity letters for 2016, with two taking home their first.

Six seniors have graduated from the Braves’ program.

Sam Terrell will not return as the boys track and field coach and a new boys coach has yet to be named.

Terrell thanked the Brownstown community for everything they have given him and his family over the years.

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