Owls, Braves, Cougars compete in cross country at Brown County


NASHVILLE — The Seymour, Brownstown Central and Trinity Lutheran cross country teams ran against some outstanding competition in the Brown County Eagle Classic on Saturday, and the county coaches said they were pleased with the results.

Seymour’s Vivienne Siekfer competed in the girls elite race and placed 42nd individually with a time of 19:52.9. A total of 171 runners competed in the elite race, and Ava Jarrell of Pendleton Heights was first in 17:05.

Seymour girls coach Spencer Sunbury said he felt like Siefker competed hard.

“She ran a good race. We looked forward to seeing her get out. She’s struggled a little bit this year getting in the middle of races and getting stuck and running a pace that’s not what we wanted, so today, we were focusing on getting out,” he said.

“We knew there would be runners 1 through 50 that would be fast, so we wanted her to go with runners and not getting stuck in a rut. She did a good job. She’s still got some work to do. She realizes she gets about 2 miles into it and starts thinking and tracking the wrong things and loses focus a little bit.”

”It’s just a matter of keeping her in the race, and she realizes that it was a good boost for her today,” Sunbury said. “She went faster today than she’s been going, so she’s heading in the right direction. This was the first race this year that she was happy with afterwards. I think she’s ready for hard work now.”

Siefker placed first in the Class AA race last year.

The Owls placed 11th in the Class AA varsity race with 257 points. Jasper was first with 56 points.

AnnMarie Shuler led the Owls on Saturday with a time of 21:15, followed by Gracie Adams at 21:24.

“I was proud of them. We’ve been having some good workouts lately, and I think the girls were nervous today because they know they have the potential of having a good race,” Sunbury said.

“We had several PRs, so it was a great day. We’ve got some runners that are struggling with some things right now, and it’s hard to watch them get discouraged about things. We know that we’ve still got a lot of season left. I’m looking forward to them getting healthy.”

He said he expects them to continue to train hard and for them to improve their times.

“All in all, I think it was a good day for us,” he said. “We always look forward to it. We have a week off and we come here and usually have some good races, and we did again today, and it’s a good motivator for the rest of the season.”

Barr-Reeve easily won the Girls Class A race with 23 points, and Brownstown Central was second with 75.

Cambell Shasteen led the Braves with a time of 21:48, and Tori Lockey was next at 22:05.

Coach Derrick Koch said, “It was an absolutely great day for the girls. We talked a lot this week about mentally being prepared for a good, fast course, and it turned out to be a perfect day for running. They did what they needed to do today, so I was really pleased to place second out of eight teams.

“We’re only a month away from sectional. I think what was most important today was it was a great confidence builder for the girls. It showed them what they could do. They came out here mentally strong today, and they ran really well. I’m excited for them.”

In the boys competition, Seymour placed seventh in Class AA with 205 points, and Brownstown Central was fifth in Class A with 128 points. Trinity Lutheran had four runners competing.

The Ratliff twins once again led the Braves, finishing 1-2 in their class, as Shane ran a 16:20 and Chance ran a 16:33.

Coach Bailey McIntire said, “You can’t ask for much more than finishing first and second. They both performed well.

“We were a couple guys down today. Our No. 3 and our No. 6 were out. So given the guys we brought, I was looking for them to all give their best effort, and I’d say they did.”

He said they’ve been working hard in practice.

“They’re training hard. Just about everyone here PRd today,” he said. “As a coach, I can’t ask for any more than that. They look great. They had perfect conditions to run. This is a great event put together by Brown County, and we love being here.”

Leading the Seymour boys was Will Proffer with a time of 17:35, and Micah Jablonski ran 17:55.

Coach Randy Fife said it was nice to have two runners under 18.

“We had two guys break 18, and Wes (Proffer) was right at 18, so we had a lot of PRs. I couldn’t be much happier. We took a big step forward,” he said. “We have made a lot of progress. Part of that is we took last Saturday off as far as racing. We’ve had two nice weeks to train. We had some good workouts there.

“I think what we’ll see out of this is some of the boys are going to gain confidence from this and realize ‘Hey, I can do that,’ and I hope that translates into even lower times and more success as we move through the season.”

Leading the Trinity boys was Braxton Sinclair with a time of 20:27, and Rylan Adair was next for the Cougars at 22:14.

Brownstown will compete in the Eastern Invitational on Tuesday, and the Braves, Owls and Cougars will be at Jennings County on Saturday.

Brown County individual results:


Elite race

Seymour: Vivienne Siefker 19:52.9

Varsity AA

Teams (top 12): Jasper 56, Pendleton Heights 96, Bloomington North 111, Lawrence North 164, Pike 194, Lebanon 212, Perry Meridian 218, Bedford North Lawrence 229, Terre Haute South 232, Terre Haute North 255, Seymour 257, Evansville North 262

Seymour: AnnMarie Shuler 21:15, Gracie Adams 21:24, Lauren Dowell 22:30, Kelly Beavers 22:43, Alexis Stuckwisch 25:19, Lucy Williams 26:39, Brylee Ramsey 27:02, Genesis Zarate 27:06, Jenifer Hankins 27:55, Alma Leal Delfin 38:05

Varsity A

Teams- Barr-Reeve 23, Brownstown Central 75, Borden 98, Wabash 110, Brown County 130, West Vigo 131, Mitchell 146, North Daviess 164

Brownstown: Cambell Shasteen 21:48, Tori Lokey 22:05, Kelsey Schneider 22:19, Trinity Cody 22;26, Riley Pumphrey 25:15, Claire Schepman 26:19, Chelsie Combs 26:37, Maddie Singleton 26:56, Roz Abell 28:48, Isabella Brown 29:39, Lexi Wheeles 29:51, Brynn Burton 30:10, Avery Harrison 30:18


Varsity AA

Teams (top 10): Lawrence North 52, Pendleton Heights 86, Jasper 133, Corydon Central 143, Franklin 165, Jennings County 193, Seymour 205, Edgewood 212, Evansville 213, Bedford North Lawrence 218

Seymour: Will Proffer 17:35, Micah Jablonski 17:55, Wes Proffer 18:00, Caleb Jablonski 18:28, Kylan Ellerbe 18:47, Lucas Jablonski 19:06, Landon Rivera 19:41, Jeremiah Myers 19:53, Sam Baker 20:11, Paul Marckenson 20:52, Leo Holle 21:10, Gavin Baugh 21:24, Miguel Anderson 22:20, Nikita Cox 31:05

Varsity A

Teams (top 10): Barr-Reeve 76, Perry Central 80, South Central 105, Brown County 110, Brownstown 128, Union Home School 136, West Vigo 178, Borden 203, Mitchell 222, North Daviess 229

Brownstown: Shane Ratliff 16:20, Chance Ratliff 16:33, Eli Crockett 18:58, Damien Owens 19:31, Brady Blann 24:40

Trinity Lutheran: Braxton Sinclair 20:27, Rylan Adair 22:14, Stephen Trager 23:08, Sam Dyer 25:17

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