Owls effort strong but not quite enough at invite

Coming up short

T.C. O’Neal won three individual events and ran on the winning 4×400 relay team to spark Columbus East to the title in the annual Seymour Boys Track and Field Invitational at Bulleit Stadium Tuesday night.

The Olympians had 150 points, Seymour was second with 115, and Jennings County was third in the six-team field with 110 points.

O’Neal won the high jump at 6-71/2, the long jump at 21-feet-1, the 400 with a time of 52, and he anchored the 4X400 relay team to a time of 3:34.5.

Leading Seymour was Jake Vance, who won the pole vault by clearing 12 feet.

“That was our only first-place finish but what we did tonight was we scored a lot of seconds and thirds,” Owls coach Randy Fife said. “We scored two places in a lot of events, which really helped us in the points. We ended up second even though we only had one individual first. We had a lot of good depth.

We were missing one of our sprinters, which hurt us a little bit. The other kids stepped up and ran real well, so I thought we competed well. I thought the relays all ran well. We’re getting better.

The Owls’ Seth Ragon hit a season best in the high jump at 6-5 for runner-up.

Luke Champ was second in the 400 and Vance was also third in the high hurdles.

Jacob Voss and Hunter Bauserman went 2-3 in the 3,200, Max Otte was third in the high jump, and Lance Roark was third in the long jump.

The Owls were third in the 4X800 relay at 8:42.8, third in the 4X100 relay at 44.84, and second in the 4X400 relay at 3:36.6.

Conner Lane, Gavin Blanton, Bradan Thomasma and Champ ran the 4X400 relay.

“It was a good night for Seymour track and field,” Fife said.

The Seymour boys and girls teams will compete Thursday in the Shelbyville Relays.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.