Owl runner’s leadership shines with winning performances


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Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Seymour junior Jack Tormoehlen heads toward the finish line of this fall's Brown County Regional.


Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Seymour junior Jack Tormoehlen heads toward the finish line of this fall's Brown County Regional.


The Seymour High School boys cross-country team could rely this fall on junior Jack Tormoehlen being one of its top runners. Many times, he was the No. 1 runner.

Tormoehlen started strong in the first meet of the season at Bedford and later turned in a third-place performance in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet, helping the Owls to place second. He was then a part of the team that made it all the way to semistate for the second-straight season.

His leadership was recognized, and he has been selected as The Tribune’s 2012 Athlete of the Year for boys cross-country.

“The first meet was great,” Tormoehlen said. “I ran a really good time (16:49) for the Bedford course. That was probably my best meet for the whole year, and then I came back for the second meet and ran well again, and it just kind of started going downhill. But I regrouped a little bit for sectional and regional.”

His season-best time was 16:37 in the regional at Brown County. This fall, for the first time, the Owls competed at Brown County in all of its postseason meets.

“I think it was just a matter of the workouts got a little more tense, and just the pressure of it, I responded well to pressure,” Tormoehlen said of why he began doing better in the postseason. “The conference meet went really well, and the regional went really well, too. I still had good races in me.”

Tormoehlen’s preseason goals were to get all-conference, which he did, and finish high at semistate and either go to state as an individual or with the team, which he wasn’t able to accomplish.

“Individually, I didn’t really accomplish as much as I wanted to,” he said. “It was kind of like a roller coaster. The conference meet was really good, and semistate was low. The first race was really good, and the fourth or fifth race was not so good. But overall, I had a lot of fun this year.”

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