Owls rack up personal bests in unified meet


When the Seymour unified track and field team practices today, Jessica Floyd will be recognizing several athletes for achieving personal records Wednesday.

That’s the way it has been after the Owls’ first two meets. Seymour again set several PRs in finishing third as a team in a quad meet at Columbus North.

“The practice after every meet, we celebrate our PRs, and after every meet, we have several PRs to hand out,” Floyd said.

Jennings County won the meet with 195 points. North finished second with 178, while the Owls scored 127 and Columbus East was fourth with 77.

Seymour’s best event was the 800 meters, a race new to unified track this season. Zac Croquart won in 2 minutes, 40.4 seconds, while A.J. Engel took second in 2:45.6 and Ryan Elmore third in 2:45.6.

“This was our first time to get to run the 800, and that was really neat to see,” Floyd said. “I was really proud of several of our athletes who volunteered to do it and did so well. They had never raced in an 800 before, and they put their heart and soul out there. It was really awesome.”

The Owls also got a second-place finish in 1:01.3 from Elijah Osborne in Heat 2 of the 400. Other third-place finishers included Seth Lane in Heat 3 of the 100 (15.6), Cole Fosbrink in Heat 1 of the 400 (1:04.1), Croquart in Heat 2 of the 400 (1:10.2) and Engel in Heat 3 of the 400 (1:18.0).

“I was so excited,” Floyd said. “I thought they did a great job tonight. They pushed it really hard, and I’m really impressed with them.”

Seymour will compete in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet Saturday at East. The Owls’ senior night will be May 6, and the sectional is May 18 in Borden.