Seymour wins sectional as county athletes punch ticket to regionals


For the third straight season, the Seymour girls track and field team hoisted the sectional championship trophy into the air.

On Tuesday night, the Owls scored 129 points to win it again at Bulleit Stadium.

Jennings County was second with 85.33, Brownstown Central was third with 82.33, Bedford North Lawrence 66.33, Springs Valley 66, Eastern (Pekin) 48, Orleans 41, Paoli 38, Salem 28, Mitchell 28, Trinity Lutheran 10 and West Washington two.

First-place finishers for the Owls were the 4×800 team of Kelly Beavers, AnnMarie Shuler, Vivienne Siefker and Brooke Trinkle in 10:30.31, and the 4×400 team of Kelly Beavers, Ashlyn Henderson, Alexis Stuckwisch and Sydney Montgomery won in 4:21.49.

Trinkle won the 1600 for the third straight year in 5:20.83, and Vivienne Siefker won the 3200 in 12:08.66.

Other regional qualifiers for the Owls, which was top three in each event, included Sydnie Kingery placing third in the 100 in 13.25, Shuler was third in the 1600 in 5:47.77, Montgomery was second in the 400 (1:00.87) while Stuckwisch was third (1:03.99), and Beavers was second in the 800 in 2:32.60.

In the field events, Kiley Sons placed third in discus at 99-4, Kate Connell tied for second in pole vault at 7-6, and Montgomery was third in high jump at 5-1.

Seymour’s 4×100 team of Kingery, Kamryn Aynes, Kennedy Burnett and Anna Marks placed second in 53.72.

“It was one of my bucket list goals in my four years (to get regionals),” Kingery said. “It felt really good to PR and make it to regionals as a sophomore.”

Kingery ran a personal best time in the 100 and was pleased with that. The race was close down the stretch, so Kingery had to wait to see if she did in fact place top three.

“We were kind of set that we thought it was third, but it was also really, really close, so we were like it’s third or fourth,” she explained. “Once they said it was third, it was amazing. I was so happy.”

Kingery has now been on two of Seymour’s last three sectional championship teams, and she was glad to see the Owls keep the streak alive on Tuesday.

“Yeah, we wanted to win today because it would be our third consecutive season winning it,” she said.

For the Brownstown Central Braves, who nearly topped Jennings County for second place overall in the meet, they will be sending a fair amount of athletes to regionals next week as well.

Sectional champions were the 4×100 team of Hailey Bair, Maddy Schepman, Jocelyn Love and Camryn Thompson, who took first place in 51.74, and Bair won long jump at 16-1.

“It’s very exciting, especially as a freshman,” Bair said. “My PR was 16-2, so I was pretty happy with my jump.”

Bair ran the first leg of the 4×100 relay, and she was happy to advance, especially for some of her teammates.

“It was very exciting, especially since Maddy and Cam were seniors,” Bair said.

Schepman also qualified in the 200 as she placed third in 27.93, and Thompson will be going in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Thompson placed second in 100 hurdles in 17.08, and she was also second in the 300 hurdles in 46.97, just behind Paoli’s Kyrsten Fehrbach, who won in 46.95.

Thompson’s 46.96 broke her own school record that she set earlier this season.

Brownstown’s 4×400 team of Sophie Wischmeier, Love, Noe McPherson and Thompson were the last group of Braves to qualify as they placed second in 4:25.94.

Trinity Lutheran’s Emalee Goss was close to placing top three in the high jump as she placed fourth at 5-0.

Crothersville’s Morgan Womack competed in the shot put and placed 16th overall with a throw of 25-10.25. Womack also ran in the trials of the 100.

Qualifiers on Tuesday will be competing in regionals next week at Bloomington High School North, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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