Owls host annual track and field invitational

Haden Mettert placed first in the shot put, and Caleb Madden finished second in both the shot put and discus to lead the Seymour boys track team Tuesday night in the annual Seymour Invitational at Bulleit Stadium.

Columbus East outscored Bedford North Lawrence 164-137 for first place, and Jennings County outscored the Owls for third, 96-62.

Mettert, who came into the meet seeded No. 1 in the shot, threw 47 feet, 6 inches, and Madden threw 46-1.

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Madden threw the discus 130-3, while Caleb Bunch of BNL won with a throw of 131-2.

“The throwers scored really well for us tonight,” Owls Coach Randy Fife said. “Mettert was our individual champion in the shot, and Madden was second in the shot, and second by a foot in the discus so we almost had double winners there.

“We had some PR’s tonight. Our 4×800 had a PR, and our 4×100 had a PR. Our pole vaulter tied a PR, so we got better tonight.”

The 3,200 relay ran a 9:00.40 to finish third, and the 400 relay ran 45.98 to also place third.

Chandler Drummond and Jakub Marek both cleared 9-6 in the pole vault. Drummond was fifth and Marek sixth based on misses. Drummond was also fifth in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles.

Josh Pennington placed second in the 110 hurdles at 16:03, and he was fifth in the long jump. Drew Schroeder was fifth in the 300 hurdles.

The Owls’ 4×400 relay team placed fourth.

Other SHS individuals placing sixth were Brycen Baugh in the 400, Cayton Bailiff in the 200, Michael Proffer in the 1600, and Luke Hauserperger in the 3200.

“Place-wise that’s not where we want to be,” Fife said. “We’re getting better and we talk to the kids all the time about improvement, working hard, and that’s one of the things that’s fun about track.

“Kids can see individual improvement no matter how the team does, and eventually when a lot of kids are improving the team does better. We’ve just got to keep plugging along. We just didn’t have enough first and second places.”

Crase Bergman, of Columbus East, won the 400 and 200 and was named the outstanding performer in the meet.

Carter Leak of Jennings County was also a double-winner, in the 1600 and 3,200.

The SHS boys and girls will compete at Shelbyville Thursday.