Owls, Braves compete in Big Blue Relays


The Seymour and Brownstown Central track and field teams competed in the Big Blue Relays on Thursday at Jennings County High School.

The Owls’ girls tied with Bedford North Lawrence for first place by scoring 106 points. The host school was third with 104 points, Madison (76) took fourth, Brownstown (73) finished fifth and Austin (18) placed sixth.

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In the boys’ competition, BNL led all teams with 117 points, Seymour (114) was runner-up and Jennings County (98) took third. Brownstown Central’s 70 points placed fourth, while Austin and Madison tied for fifth with 44 points each.

The relays featured several unique events that don’t take place during typical meets.

In individual events, Jackson County had several top placers.

Lara Skaggs took first in both the 100 hurdles (16.94 seconds) and high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) for the Owls, while the Braves’ Brooklyn Snodgrass won the 100 (13.05) and pole vault (9 feet).

In the 3,200, the Owls’ Makenna Sunbury won (12:15.48) and the Braves’ Kaelyn Johnson finished second (12:47).

The Braves’ Ashley Schroer was second in the shot put (36-2½) and third for the discus (101-1).

In the distance medley relay (1,200-400-800-1,600), Seymour’s Elizabeth Hougland, Mirja Fingerhut, Ashton Chase and Sunbury combined for 13:41.74 for first place. The Owls also won the 4×800 relay, as Chase, Lillian and Makenna Sunbury and Brett Kleber clocked 10:29.92.

Brownstown won the 100 shuttle hurdles relay with Alex Caffee, Emma Winks, Karcyn Trueblood and Kylee Wischmeier combining for 44.44.

Seymour was second in the 4×400 relay (Jessica Blevins, Makenna Fee, Hayley Harpe and Chase, 4:23), and Brownstown was runner-up in the 4×100 (Keeli Darlage, Winks, Snodgrass, Wischmeier, 53.44).

On the boys’ side, Josh Pennington won the 110 hurdles (15.71) for Seymour, and Cayton Bailiff’s time of 11.69 was good for second in the 100.

The Owls’ team of Eli Abner, Pennington, Bailiff and Drew Schroeder finished second in the 4×100 relay in 46.17. Bailiff and Abner teamed up with Jhonathan Barradas and Darry Dervail to win the 4×200 relay (1:41.20).

In the 4×100 hurdles relay, Schroeder, Pennington, Chandler Drummond and Zac DuBois won in 39.16 for SHS.

Caleb Madden was third in the shot put (45-5½) and the discus (123-2). Haden Mettert was second for the shot for the Owls, tossing 47-10½.

In the sprint medley (100-100-200-400), Brownstown’s Caleb Bollinger, Jayden Steinkamp, Brandon Wilson and Robbie Branaman was runner-up in 1:42.73.

Bollinger was third in the pole vault (11-5), while teammate Luke Wood tied for first (12 feet).