For The Tribune
The No. 15-ranked Seymour girls cross-country team was running alongside No. 2 Columbus North for part of Saturday’s Brown County Sectional.
Unfortunately for the Owls, the Bull Dogs showed why they were the second-best team in the state as they managed to secure four runners in the top five to help them prevail over Seymour 19-40 for the title.
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Emma Brock paced the Owls to claim third individually and also set a personal best with a time of 18 minutes, 49.35 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).
“I was really proud of myself,” Brock said. “Before the race, I was getting really loose and trying to have the right mindset going in.”
Seymour girls coach Spencer Sunbury was proud of the team’s performance.
“We had our top five girls go under 20 minutes,” Sunbury said. “We had several (personal records) today. It was a great day to run and I am glad the girls took advantage of it. It was fun to get to race against the North girls. They went in there and raced right with them.”
Other runners for the Owls included Ashton Chase, who was sixth (18:55.51), Megan Winter eighth (19:34.08), Claire Loebker 11th (19:43.03), Oriana Morales 12th (19:57.97), Abby Voss 14th (20:11.53) and Sarah Benefiel 20th (21:47.86).
“It was great seeing Emma and Ashton work together and help each other up front,” Sunbury said. “Emma usually gets out really early, and Ashton comes on and catches up to her and picks her up. It was great they were working with each other instead of racing each other.”
Brownstown Central finished sixth with 159 points and had three runners advance to the regional as individuals. Alexis Koch finished 22nd (21:59.12), Kaelyn Johnson was 23rd (22:00.02) and Destiny Satterthwaite was 30th (22:25.21).
Other Braves runners included Shauna Drake, who finished 41st (23:20.73). Morgan Harrison was 48th (24:03.21), Claire Smith 52nd (24:58.81) and Hannah Gallion 65th (27:45.95).
“We had three PRs and two more girls only a couple of seconds off,” Brownstown girls coach Maria Weigel said. “I was hoping to get the team through, but we will take three individuals.”
Crothersville finished eighth with 209 points and had also three individuals qualify for regional. Breanna Barger finished 15th in 20:21.17, while Tristan Maschino took 27th (22:13.11) and Piper Hensley was 36th (22:43.43).
Trinity Lutheran’s Andrea Foster finished 59th in 26:17.63.
On the boys side, Seymour could not keep up with No. 10 Columbus North, who won the meet with a 24 points. The Owls claimed second with 89.
Tim Molinari paced the Owls by finishing 11th in 16:36.57. Molinari was pleased with his result.
“In the first mile, I executed perfectly,” Molinari said. “The second mile, I came in at 10:35, which was near PR pace, and I finished strong and bested my previous PR. I was feeling good coming in, and the weather made things perfect.”
Seymour’s Cameron Deppen finished 13th in 16:47.94. Jacob Voss took 18th (17:01.44), while Alex Lovins was 23rd (17:18.88), Hunter Buserman 24th (17:24.10), Trent Hohenstreite 40th (18:06.52) and Cooper Morrow 47th (18:28.96).
“After we had our (Hoosier Hills) conference meet, I was not sure we could duplicate the results, but we did just that,” Seymour boys coach Randy Fife said. “These guys believe in themselves, and they are building up a lot of confidence.”
Brownstown placed ninth with 195 points and had two individuals qualify for regional. Jake McCullough was 17th (17:00.19), and Harlan Deaton was 27th (17:34.50).
“I am very proud of those guys,” Brownstown boys coach Derrick Koch said. “Harlan ran the best race of his high school career. Jake is a senior this year, so I was happy he got and out and move on to next week.”
Other Brownstown runners were Cameron Lee, who was 41st (18:11.81), Reece Covert 57th (19:20.89), Aaron Kuse 60th (19:43.81), Bryce Butler 61st (20:03.38), and Seth Berry 62nd (20:15.84).
Trinity Lutheran’s AJ Goecker moves on to the regional as an individual by finishing 26th in 17:28.44. Luke Onken just missed the cut as he finished 32nd (17:45.85), while Nikolai Haak was 74th (21:46.09).
Crothersville finished 11th as a team with 353 points. Matt Wilburn led the Tigers with a 69th-place finish in 21:09.32.