Prior to Sunday’s graduation, the Seymour track and field team met one final time last week to celebrate the 2017 season.
Seymour High School sophomore Ashton Chase was named most outstanding athlete for the girls’ team while senior Jake Vance received the same honor for the boy’s program.
Chase, who finished 15th at state in the 1,600 on Saturday, ran the distance events, which also included the 3,200 and 4×800 relay.
Vance was the boy’s only athlete to regularly compete in four events per meet.
“Jake is a true leader,” Seymour High School coach Randy Fife said. “He made himself better and also made the team better this year.”
Owls senior Alex Lovins was named Academic All-State for his work in the classroom and on the track.
Two athletes also were named honorable mention Academic All-State: senior Hunter Bauserman and junior Trent Hohenstreiter.
Both teams repeated as sectional champions this past spring.
The girls had four individual sectional champions and one relay. The boys won two relays but did not have an individual champion.
Chase won the 1,600 and 3,200, Avery DeHart took the pole vault, Emma Brock claimed the 800 and the 4×800 relay team of Chase, Brock, Courtney Mansfield and Brett Kleber were champs.
The boys’ 4×100 relay team of Vance, Gavin Blanton, Jackson Morris, and Evens Cribs and 4×400 team of Blanton, Conner Lane, Luke Champ and Bradan Thomasma were both winners.
The Owls’ boys competed in 10 events at the Bloomington North Regional and the girls took to eight.
Senior Seth Ragon also qualified for state, for the third straight year, finishing 15th in the high jump Friday.
Twelve seniors leave the boys’ team and just two depart from the girls’ squad.
“These seniors had success on the track and off the track,’ Fife said. “I’m confident that they will continue to be successful after they leave Seymour High School. They will continue to accomplish great things and reach their goals as they make their mark in life.
“The rest of the team learned a lot from our seniors but learning goes both ways. Participating in track and field over the past four seasons has taught our seniors some things.”