For The Tribune
With two weeks of practices under its belt without a race, Seymour’s cross-country team looked to turn some heads at the 15th annual Eagle Classic on Saturday.
The Owls’ 13th ranked girls cross-country team had a tough test at Brown County on a soggy course.
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The girls finished seventh in the elite division with 191 points in the 16 full-team field.
Carmel won the meet with 57 points, led by a first-place finish by Sarah Leinheiser (18:05).
Sophomore Ashton Chase led the Owls’ pack with an 11th-place overall finish in 19:23.
Freshman Makenna Sunbury was next for Seymour, clocking 18:53 for 19th.
Three juniors rounded out the Owls’ scoring five: Abby Voss was 23rd in 20:17, Claire Loebker clocked 20:54 for 48th and Oriana Morales placed 107th in 22:53.94.
“We’ve got some things to works on,” Owls coach Spencer Sunbury. “We didn’t finish as high as we hoped for. We look forward to getting better as a team.”
The Seymour boys ran in the AA division, and finished fifth out of 18 teams.
Leading the Owls was Jacob Voss’ time of 17:28 for third place while teammate Alex Lovins was right behind in 17:32.
Hunter Bauserman’s time of 18:12 claimed 20th, Cooper Morrow ran a 19:25 for 64th and Trent Hohenstrieter placed 79th in 19:49.
“Alex went out early and stayed with it,” Owls boys coach Randy Fife said. “Jake Voss took a different approach and started slower, and Hunter (Bauserman) ran well also.”
The Owls focused on their effort today and not on the wet, muddy course conditions.
Trinity’s A.J. Goecker had a strong finish in the class A division. He finished 5th with a time of 17:48.
“He didn’t come in fresh,” Cougars coach Chris Crenshaw said. “We didn’t taper off, and he’s playing soccer.”
Crenshaw was pleased overall with Goecker’s performance and looks forward to his improving.
Seymour ran some boys in the freshmen/sophomore race, where the team finished fifth out of 11 schools.
Leading the Owls were Luke Plummer in 18th with a time of 18:22, followed by Barry Huff (22nd), Luke Hauersperger (26th), Caleb Deppen (33rd), and Luke Bane (35th).
“I thought the young kids responded well,” Fife said. “Training is paying off. We are getting better.”
The Owls next run at Carmel’s Flatrock Invitational on Saturday.
Trinity will go to the Jennings County Invite on Tuesday.