Luke Plummer and Makenna Sunbury led their respective Seymour cross country teams this fall, and their coaches said it was an easy choice to name them their most valuable runners at the awards program Tuesday night at the high school.
Both are four-year varsity letter winners and helped their teams reach the Brown County Semistate.
Sunbury was named to the academic all-state first team and all-Hoosier Hills Conference first team and ran a career-best 19:11 her sophomore year, which places her third on the career record board.
Coach Spencer Sunbury said presenting Makenna with the most valuable runner was a culmination of a lot of things.
"She had a great summer of training," the coach said. "She had a great career with so many great memories.”
Grace Rennekamp, another four-year runner, also took home an armful of awards. She was all-HHC honorable mention and academic all-state honorable mention and received one of three Spirit of the Owl awards.
Coach Sunbury said the Spirit of the Owl awards were based on effort, leadership and sportsmanship. Also receiving that award were senior Elizabeth Hougland and freshman Grace Lewis.
Kinsley Folsom, another freshman, received the Newcomer of the Year award.
“We had a wonderful season,” coach Sunbury said. “The girls were very close and brought me back to what I’ve enjoyed about coaching.”
He said the best race of the season for his team was the HHC, where the Owls placed second. They won the Seymour, Bedford North Lawrence and Silver Creek invitationals.
Coach Randy Fife said the boys also had an outstanding season, as they placed second in the sectional and reached the semistate for the 16th straight year.
“I’m proud of everyone. I enjoy seeing them progress from Day 1 through the end of the season,” he said.
Fife said Plummer was most the most valuable runner for a lot of reasons.
"He was our No. 1 runner seven times until he became injured," Fife said. "He was our leader in workouts and in meets.”
Plummer earned all-HHC honorable mention, and junior Ethan Dippold made first team.
Fife said Dippold ranks 13th, Plummer 16th and junior Michael Proffer 17th on the school record board.
Senior Luke Bane received the leadership award, and freshman Jude Bane received the newcomer award.
Dippold and junior Connor Harriss were named co-most improved runners.
Fife said he had six runners ran sub 18-minute races, and all 19 team members ran sub 24-minute races.
“It takes commitment to improve,” Fife said.