NASHVILLE — The Seymour girls cross-country team had one of the strongest showings to date, as it had five girls run in under 20 minutes to help the Owls to a fourth-place finish in the Brown County Eagle Invitational on Saturday at Eagle Park.
Carmel finished in first place and Columbus North came in second.
With the field featuring Carmel and Columbus North, who are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state, respectively, Seymour girls coach Spencer Sunbury said he was proud of how they stood up to the competition.
“They all did a fantastic job,” Sunbury said. “We have been looking forward to this race since the beginning of the season. We knew the competition was going to be great here. They were excited for that competition and they wanted to run against some fast teams.”
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“I have never had five girls go under 20 minutes,” he said. “For us, it was huge. We got put behind at the start, but the girls chipped away and just did not let up.”
Emma Brock led the Owls, finishing 14th overall individually in 19 minutes 8.49 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Ashton Chase placed in 16th (19:13.46), while Megan Winter was 26th (19:39.57), Oriana Morales 32nd (19:46.07), Claire Loebker 40th (19:57.28), Abby Voss 55th (20:22.06) and Maya Hauersperger 109th (21:39.40).
In the boys race, Seymour placed 17th as a team.
Tim Molinari scored the best time for the Owls to place 54th individually (16:56.09). Cam Deppen finished 88th (17:25.42), while Alex Lovins was 107th (17:40.01), Hunter Buserman placed 181st (18:30.67) and Kem Florvil came in 227th (19:21.30).
With a lot of top teams in the state competing in this event, Seymour boys coach Randy Fife was proud of the effort.
“They ran really well today,” Fife said. “Tim had a really good race. It is nice to see him give us balance up front. With Tim being a senior, he has been fighting that role of being No. 1.”
For the Trinity Lutheran boys, A.J. Goecker finished in 89th individually in 17:26.24. Luke Onken placed 153rd (18:09.68) and Nikolai Haak came in 178th (18:28.47).
“A.J. and Nikolai both PR’ed (set personal records today,” Trinity coach Chris Crenshaw said. “Luke was not feeling 100 percent going in but put in a good time.”
Crenshaw will now fine tune his guys for sectional.
“We will be racing individually at this point now,” Crenshaw said. “We had five kids to start the season and now we are down to three guys because of injuries. It is the same course for sectional, and A.J. has never been here before at this course, so it was good to know the course and we should put up some good times at the end of the season.”