For The Tribune
At first glance, a pair of 15th-place finishes in the Girls Track and Field State Finals don’t jump off the page.
But considering that Seymour athletes were seeded 24th in both of those events going into Friday’s state meet at Indiana University, the feat becomes a little more impressive, especially since the Owls set school records in both.
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Junior Ashton Chase, senior Claire Loebker, sophomore Makenna Sunbury, senior Abby Voss ran 9 minutes, 31.23 seconds to finish 15th in the 4×800-meter relay, and Chase came back with a 5:12.19 performance in to take 15th in the 1,600.
“I was happy with 15th,” Chase said. “I proved some people wrong. I feel like I had a good pace throughout the whole race. My goal was the third lap to pick it up a little bit, but overall, it felt pretty good.”
Chase also finished 15th in the 1,600 last year, when she was the lone Seymour girl at state. This year, she had three relay teammates with her.
That 4×800 relay team broke the school record for fourth time this season.
“I thought we all did pretty well,” Chase said. “My start was a little bit slower, but the second lap, I picked it up. I just love having (teammates) here. I have some good memories with them, and it was really fun.”
Menawhile, Brownstown Central was represented by junior Brooklyn Snodgrass. She finished 24th in the preliminaries of the 100 in 12.74.
Snodgrass had run a school-record 12.47 in the sectional.
“(Friday) wasn’t by best,” Snodgrass said. “It’s pretty hot out today, so it took a lot out of me. I had a pretty good start out of the blocks. I just couldn’t finish it out how I wanted it to.”
Snodgrass was making her third state finals appearance in as many years.
“Typically, most girls slow down as they get older, but I’ve tried really hard to keep up my speed and everything,” Snodgrass said.