Top Seymour runners feted during ceremony

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For most of the fall season, Zoey Johnson and Jack Tormoehlen filled the No. 1 positions for the Seymour High School cross-country teams.

Both are juniors and both made the all-Hoosier Hills Conference team, and they topped off their season by being named the most valuable runners by their coaches Thursday night during the awards program in the SHS cafeteria.

“He trains like a madman for his running and his grades, too,” boys coach Randy Fife said of Tormoehlen. “He knows how to work hard and inspire those around him to be better. Jack wants everybody to enjoy cross-country as much as he does.”

Tormoehlen was named to the academic all-state team, and he made it onto the school’s sub-17-minute record board along with Daniel Hauersperger and Ian Hensen.

Johnson was the HHC champion and set the course record at North Vernon. She also lowered the girls school record to 18:26 at semistate and placed 27th in the state meet. Coach Spencer Sunbury said Johnson was 50th after the mile at the state meet, and she ran hard the final two miles and passed 22 girls.

“She endured a lot the last three years, but she never lost her motivation,” Sunbury said. “She needed a chance to prove herself, and she did. She is a prime example of putting in your time and seeing what will happen. She ran every day during the summer. She had a great season from the start on.”

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