Owls’ boys place sixth at HHC meet


Bulleit Stadium finally got its turn in the rotation to host the Hoosier Hills Conference.

Seymour welcomed the seven other HHC member schools Thursday to host the annual boys track and field meet.

Floyd Central won the meet with 143 points, Jeffersonville was runner-up at 122 and New Albany finished third with 92. Columbus East (74), Bedford North Lawrence (53), Seymour (52), Madison (46) and Jennings County (40) followed.

Sophomore Lance Roark was the Owls’ lone conference champion, winning the long jump by leaping 21 feet, 8 inches.

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“Lance hasn’t lost a meet all year,” Owls coach Randy Fife said. “He’s just so consistent. He hits the board where he needs to and doesn’t have the scratches. He’s always in the mid-21s. He takes it serious and works hard. The hard work is paying off for him.”

Roark placed seventh in the high jump by clearing 6-1, and Max Otte was eighth at the same height. Otte was third in the 200-meter dash (23.32 seconds), while Roark was eighth (24.63).

Trent Hohenstreiter ran a 4:42.56 for third in the 1,600-meter run, while teammate Luke Plummer finished fifth in 4:46.18.

Hohenstreiter ran a 2:07.50 for fifth in the 800-meter run, and Cooper Morrow was 11th in 2:12.94.

Josh Pennington hit the finish in 16.97 for eighth place for the Owls in the 110-meter hurdles, and he was 10th in the 300 hurdles (45.96).

Clocking 11.72, Dustin Metz finished eighth in the 100-meter dash.

With a clearance of 9 feet, Chandler Drummond finished ninth in the pole vault. Later in the meet, he got 13th in the 300 hurdles (50.54).

Caleb Madden tossed 108 feet for 12th in the discus, and Haden Mettert was 15th with a toss of 100-6. Mettert tossed 43-7 for seventh in the shot put, while Madden was 12th at 40-10½.

Seymour’s 4×800 relay team of Morrow, Isaac Schafer, Brycen Baugh and Yudai Murashige finished seventh with a combined time of 9:34.51.

Luke Champ timed 53.32 for seventh place in the 400-meter dash, and Baugh was 13th in 57.19.

Plummer took sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:44.82, and Luke Bane was ninth (11:06.68).

In the 4×100 relay, Seymour’s team of Metz, Otte, Roark and Pennington was sixth in 45.29.

The night concluded with a seventh-place finish for the Owls in the 4×400 relay (3:42.49).

“It was kind of a mixed bag,” Fife said. “We had some new people trying new events, and they responded well. We also had some kids underperform. I told them that if we’re going to continue to get better and have a chance at sectional, we all need to compete at our best on the same night. If we do that, I think we can compete up there. If not, we won’t be in the mix.”

Seymour is off until Thursday when it travels to Bedford North Lawrence for sectional. The Owls girls team will host sectional Tuesday.

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