Owls girls place first, boys finish third in tri-meet

Seymour High School hosted its first track of the 2019 season Thursday, welcoming Hoosier Hills Conference foes Bedford North Lawrence and Jennings County to Bulleit Stadium.

The Owls’ girls edged Jennings County by three points (67-64) to win the tri-meet while the SHS boys finished third with just 37 points.

Sophomore Lara Skaggs had a huge day for the Owls. Skaggs won the pole vault (8 feet, six inches), high jump (5-0) and 100 hurdles (16.60 seconds) and was the runner up in the long jump (15-10).

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“Lara Skaggs lives for track,” Owls coach Spencer Sunbury said. “She is one of the few ‘track athletes’ that I’ve gotten to coach. She’s so versatile, and our problem is to figure out which to focus on. Right now, she’s loving the pole vault, high jump and long jump and also the hurdles.”

Owls junior Makenna Sunbury was the winner of the 1,600 (6:10.8) and 3,200 (12:37.6) distance events.

Seymour also won the 4×100 (55.29) and 4×800 relays (10:45.8).

“It was a good night, we had a lot of personal records,” coach Sunbury said. “The girls are continuing to improve and have more confidence. We’re starting to come together. It’s always tough at the beginning of the season. The season comes up on us so fast, but I think the girls are settling in. I think we’re on a good track for a winning season.”

Bedford North Lawrence won the boys meet with 84 points, followed by Jennings County (46) and Seymour (37).

The Owls won three field events and the 4×800 relay on the evening.

Josh Pennington had the furthest leap in the long jump, hitting 19-2. Pennington also placed second in the 110 hurdles (16.49).

Caleb Madden threw 126-10 for top honors in the discus and was runner-up in the shot put (45-6) to teammate Haden Mettert (48-10).

Alex Westfall finished runner up in the 200 (25.40) and Drew Schroeder was second in the 300 hurdles (44.96).

“We’re looking for some chemistry,” Owls assistant coach Johnnie Spivey said. “We are moving some pieces around. We’ve been strong in some of the field events. We’re getting our speed events up to par, and focusing on our distance. We need to get some of those guys put in the right places.”

Coach Sunbury said that both SHS teams were missing athletes because of the school musical.