Seymour girls win sectionals as local athletes advance to regionals


The Seymour girls track and field ended the night on Tuesday hoisting up the sectional trophy for the second-straight season.

The Owls won the meet with a team score of 124.83 points.

Seymour’s 4×800 team of Hayley Harpe, Samantha Jacobi, Vivienne Siefker and Brooke Trinkle started off the meet with a first-place finish in 10:20.72, which was 37 seconds faster than the second place team.

Trinkle also won the 1600 in 5:27.80, 800 in 2:23.90 and was part of the winning 4×400 team as well.

“Very excited,” Trinkle said. “To win sectionals two times in a row is definitely amazing. It’s such a great feeling.”

Seymour was trailing for most of the 4×400, but Harpe closed it out on the final straightaway to give Seymour an exciting win.

“Such jitters and fun watching her,” Trinkle said. “I know Hayley is a fighter and such a competitor and won’t let anyone beat her, so I knew had it in her to get first for us.”

Harpe also won the 400 earlier in the meet in 60.89. The school record is 60.1, so Harpe will get another shot at it next week in regionals.

Other regional qualifiers for the Owls, meaning top three places, were Jacobi in the 800, second place at 2:27.42. Vivienne Siefker and Kinsley Folsom both qualified in the 3200. Siefker won in 11:57.96 and Folsom was third in 12:20.63. Kate Connell was second in pole vault at 7-6 and Hannah Dart was second in shot put at 33-1.

“It’s really special to me,” Trinkle said. “To be able to run with these girls means a lot.”

For Brownstown, the Braves finished fifth overall with 63 team points.

Camryn Thompson was third in the 100 hurdles in 16.97, and Thompson was also second in the 300 hurdles in 51.22. Addie Shelton made it in shot put as well.

Paige McKain was third in the mile in 5:54.50, and Brownstown’s 4×100 team of Jazz Yeadon, Maddy Schepman, Noe McPherson and Camryn Thompson placed third with PR time of 52.64.

The Braves also qualified in the 4×400 relay.

“4×1 has been a goal since the beginning of the season,” Yeadon said. “Last year, we kind of had a slip up on the handoff which cost us the whole thing, so that was a big focus point today. The 4×4 was completely unexpected. We weren’t supposed to make it, so that was a huge, huge thing.”

Crothersville’s Kennadi Lakins placed third in high jump with a PR of 5-0.

“I’m really happy just because I got a PR for myself,” Lakins said. “That 5-foot has been giving me trouble all year, so to be able to clear that is a really big accomplishment.”

This is the second straight season Lakins is heading to regionals in both the high jump and long jump. She was third in long jump at 15-6.5.

“Seeing the hard work pay off is really nice,” she said.

Trinity’s Emalee Goss was second in high jump with a 5-2.

“It feels just amazing,” Goss said. “Knowing that I’m one (foot) away from the school record and I’m already going to regionals is really good.”

The school record is 5-5 and Goss did a 5-4 earlier this season. She said one of the reasons she only got 5-2 today was from fatigue after doing sprinting events before that.

At regionals, Goss will just get to focus on high jump, which she hopes plays to her advantage.

“I think it’s got a little better because I won’t get as exhausted doing it and I can focus a lot more on high jump.”

All qualifiers will be competing in regionals, which will be at Bloomington North next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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