Owls, Braves and Tigers continue postseason journeys



It was a crisp 45 degrees when Jackson County runners began their postseason runs on Saturday morning at the Brown County sectional.

A far cry from the usual balmy summer and fall heat they’ve been running in all season long, the cold weather didn’t slow down Seymour and Brownstown Central harriers.

With six of their seven runners finishing within the top 20, the Seymour boys cross country team took second behind Columbus North with 55 points. 

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Luke Plummer led the Owls’ strong corp of runners with a third-place finish of 16 minutes and 35 seconds. He was right with the lead pack throughout the entirety of the race until the Bulldogs Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff pulled away for the individual title on the final lap. 

Plummer was also the top-finishing senior in the meet. 

Sophomore Michael Proffer came in ninth for the Owls at 16:57 and was the last racer to come in under the 17-minute mark. Brandon Kleber finished just outside the top-10 in 12th place with a time of 17:14. 

Younger brother Jude Bane outdid older brother Lucas as the two came in 15th and 16th, respectively, to round out the scoring times for Seymour. 

Jude was six seconds faster than Lucas with a time of 17:20. 

The Seymour girls team finished just a point shy of second place in Saturday’s race, coming in with 75 points for third.

Host Brown County grabbed second place behind Columbus North with 74 points while the Bulldogs finished with 16 points as their top-seven runners all came in the top 20. The top-four finishers all came from Columbus North.

Owl senior Makenna Sunbury broke the trend of Columbus North finishers, coming in fifth with a time of 19:27. 

Two racers later and freshman Kinsley Folsom took seventh for the Owls with a time of 19:40. 

Seniors Grace Rennekamp and Elizabeth Hougland took 14th and 20th with times of 20:42 and 21:28, respectively, while freshman Grace Lewis finished 29th at 22:37 to round out the Seymour scoring.

For Brownstown Central, both the boys and girls teams took sixth place, just a handful of points away from advancing as a team.

However, all five of the top runners from each side will move on to the Columbus regional at Ceraland on Saturday. 

On the boys’ side, the Braves’ Mason Kellogg was 14th with a time of 17:17. He was followed by Nathan Koch in 26th with a time of 18:02.

Also moving on for the Braves is Andrew Wheeles in 30th (18:02), Clayton Barger in 35th (18:27) and Trey Hackman in 37th (18:51).

Jazzlyn Yeadon led the girls’ team with a 21st place finish of 21:41.

She will also be joined at next week’s regional by Grace Garland, who finished 31st at 22:42 and Kylee Wischmeier, who came in 36th at 23:15.

Also moving on are: Emma Winks, who finished 38th at 23:55 and Zoe Fountain, who finished 39th at 23:59. 

In Hanover, the Crothersville Tigers will move three runners into Saturday’s regional.

Last year’s state qualifier Kaylyn Holman took third at the sectional with a time of 20:28 while teammate Grace Wilson was 31st at 23:42.

On the boys’ side, David Rose was 11th at 17:25. 

Saturday’s regional will start at 10:30 a.m. at Ceraland Park in Columbus. 

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At Brown County


Team scores: Columbus North 16, Brown County 74, Seymour 75, Columbus East 102, Martinsville 115, Brownstown Central 165, White River Valley 171, Southwestern (Shelbyville) 182

Individual winner: Brianna Newell (CN) 18:50

Seymour: 5. Makenna Sunbury 19:27, 7. Kinsley Folsom 19:40, 14. Grace Rennekamp 20:42, 20. Elizabeth Hougland 21:28, 29. Grace Lewis 22:37, 42. Eliana Baker 24:21, 43. Kirby Hill 24:32

Brownstown Central: 21. Jazzlyn Yeadon 21:41, 31. Grace Garland 22:42, 36. Kylee Wischmeier 23:15, 38. Emma Winks 23:55, 39. Zoe Fountain 23:59, 47. Aubree VanCoutren 26:16, 51. Karcyn Trueblood 27:12

Trinity Lutheran: 45. Sadie Nay 24:53, 55. Abby Hildreth 29:20, 57. Bryanna Bailey 33:13


Team scores: Columbus North 35, Seymour 55, White River Valley 112, Brown County 119, Columbus East 125, Brownstown Central 142, Martinsville 147, Hauser 232, Southwestern (Shelbyville) 236

Individual winner: Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff (CN) 16:18

Seymour: 3. Luke Plummer 16:35, 9. Michael Proffer 16:57, 12. Brandon Kleber 17:14, 15. Jude Bane 17:20, 16. Lucas Bane 17:26, 19. Connor Harriss 17:36, 24. Brycen Baugh 17:57

Brownstown Central: 14. Mason Kellogg 17:17, 26. Nathan Koch 18:02, 30. Andrew Wheeles 18:14, 35. Clayton Barger 18:27, 37. Trey Hackman 18:51, 39. Cameron Day 18:54, 53. Dylan Wischmeier 20:30

Trinity Lutheran: 58. Jordan Peters 23:22, 60. Evan Hunt 24:34 

At Southwestern (Hanover)


Team scores: Charlestown 42, Jennings County 67 Silver Creek 93, Madison 98, Austin 112, Southwestern (Hanover) 158, Scottsburg 168, Crothersville 173, Switzerland County 194, Jeffersonville 233

Individual winner: Emma Morrison (JC) 19:56

Crothersville: 3. Kaylyn Holman 20:28, 31. Grace Wilson 23:42, 41. Ella Plasse 24:35, 54. Kiarra Lakins 26:36, 55. Kennadi Lakins 27:10, 58. Makayla Helt 27:28, 62. Rebekah Cook 34:50


Team scores: Jennings County 15, Austin 55, Southwestern (Hanover) 89, Silver Creek 120, Scottsburg 158, Henryville 179, Madison 188, Jeffersonville 205, Crothersville 244, New Washington 270

Individual winner: Carter Leak (JC) 16:17

Crothersville: 11. David Rose 17:25, 52. Andrew Stainbrook 20:08, 65. Carson Farmer 23:28, 70. Taylor Tatlock 27:37, 73. Briar Robinson 28:06


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