Jackson County boys put up personal best times at sectionals

BEDFORD — Seymour senior Jude Bane thought back to last year when he was the individual champion in the 3200, and as he got set to run that race again on Thursday night at Bedford North Lawrence for sectionals, Bane wanted nothing more than to repeat.

He went out conservative, but after about a mile, Bane took off and was the sectional champion in back-to-back years in the two mile with a season-best time of 9:58.89.

“It means a lot,” Bane said. “Going into today, I was a little worried running the 4×8, mile and two mile, but starting that two mile, I just knew I had to have confidence. I thought about that race from last year, and I didn’t want to give up that title.”

Bane helped the Owls place second overall with a team score of 103. Jennings County was the team champion with 116.50, Springs Valley was third with 100, followed by Brownstown Central 63, Bedford 57, Salem 56.50, Orleans 44, Pekin 22, Paoli 22, Mitchell 22, Trinity Lutheran 8 and Crothersville 6.

There were plenty of regional qualifiers (top three places) from Jackson County on Thursday night.

Seymour’s 4×800 team of Logan Shelly, Bane, Carter Murphy and Michael Brooks placed second in 8:37.88.

“I’ve only ran the 4×8 three or four times this year, but just trying to help out and get our team some points,” Bane said.

Seymour’s 4×100 team of Shelly, Mason Nugent, Jesse Mellencamp and Devon Jackson placed second in 43.60.

Jaylan Johnson was second in the 400 with a personal-best time of 51.14. Josh Rennekamp was fourth with a PR time of 51.90.

Michael Brooks was second in the 800 with a PR of 2:01.14, and Mellencamp was second in the 200 in 23.19.

In the field events, Bryson Darlage qualified in long jump, placing third at 20-10.25.

Seymour’s 4×400 got revenge over Jennings County from last week’s Hoosier Hills Conference meet as Jackson, Brooks, Rennekamp and Johnson placed first in 3:27.40.

For Brownstown Central, the Braves’ 4×100 relay team of Caleb Cummings, Jack Pace, Isiaah Engle and Hudson Fritz took home first place with a time of 43.38.

The Braves broke the school record a couple weeks ago, and their time Thursday shattered it again.

“It feels great,” Cummings said. “Everything felt smooth. Times were great, great competition. Seymour put up a good race. It was a first time against them, and they put on a show.”

Fritz qualified in the 100, placing third in 11.58. Garrett Driver was third in the 400 in 51.38 and Cummings was third in the 200 in 23.29.

Chance Ratliff was third in the 3200 in 10:08.08, and the Braves’ 4×400 team of Gregory Hutcheson, Driver, Engle and Lane Zike qualified with a third-place finish in 3:38.50.

Trinity Lutheran had one qualifier on the night as sophomore Jake Holland was third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.76.

“It feels great,” Holland said. “Just came out and ran my race. It was way better than last year, so I was happy with the improvement.”

In the trials, Holland noticed he was going high over the hurdles, so he fine-tuned that for the finals.

“Just attacking better and staying as low to the ground as possible,” he said.

Holland wants to break the school record in that event next week, which he was about a tenth of a second off on Thursday.

Speaking of school records, Crothersville’s Dirk Crater broke the school record in the 3200 with a PR time of 10:11.29. Crater also PR’ed in the 1600, running a 4:42.68 to place eighth overall. Crater was fourth in the two mile.

Regional qualifiers will all be competing at Bloomington High School North next Thursday.

All athletes are looking to go out with a bang.

“For the last race of my high school career, just going to go out and try to PR in the two mile,” Bane said.

“Be better than this week, get times down,” Cummings said. “Can’t focus on the future as much, got to focus on the day-to-day.”