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SEYMOUR — The Columbus East boys track and field team used its depth to score 126 points and win the 54th annual Seymour Invitational for the second straight year Tuesday night at Bulleit Stadium.

Jennings County finished second out of seven teams with 116½ points, while Bedford North Lawrence was third with 84, and the host Owls scored 54 for fourth.

East coach David Miller said he was pleased to have strong performances throughout the meet. He said scoring two places in several events was a key for his team.

“It shows that our kids enjoy coming out and competing, and we’re happy with that,” Miller said. “The weather wasn’t great, but they came out and competed and did a great job. It was just a good win, a good night.”

Jason Kimmet and Jacob Hampton went 1-2 in the 400 meters, James Robinson and Ngando Ntone went 2-3 in the 300 hurdles, and Rhett Meyers and Brock Patterson finished 2-3 in the discus.

Other Olympians placing first were Robinson in the 110 hurdles, JT Voelker in the 100, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

“This is a group with a lot of seniors, and they’ve worked hard this whole season, and they’ve met their expectation levels every track meet,” Miller said. “It was just a good, solid performance by everyone.”

Other Olympians placing in the top four were Paul Baker, second in the 800; Paul Bean, fourth in the 3,200; Matt Buffo, third in the pole vault; Voelker, third in the long jump; and Patterson, fourth in the shot put.

Cam Wilson, Voelker, Chase Banister and Robinson ran a winning time of 42.43 in the 4x100 relay. Wilson, Chase Thompson, Banister and Hampton teamed to win the 4x400 relay in 3:30.97.

Leading Jennings County was Tom Alsup, who won the shot put at 52-5 and the discus with a throw of 160-11. He was voted the outstanding performer of the meet.

“He threw at the Warren Central Throwers Showcase, and he was 54-11 1/2 and 163-8 up there, but he had little bit better weather,” Jennings coach Bill Ludwig said. “He was pumped throwing with the top throwers.”

Other winners for the Panthers were Colton Pifer in the pole vault, Jonah Woods in the 1,600 and Matt Gasper in the 300 hurdles.

Zach Miller was third in the 100, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 200. Woods was second in the 3,200, Kyle Lewis was third in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600, Wes Furgason was third in the high jump and Danny Gerringer was third in the shot put.

“We were strong all the way through,” Ludwig said. “I was really pleased with that. Matt Gasper was a surprise winner, maybe not to him, in the 300 hurdles. He ran a nice time (43.43). He did well.

“Jonah Woods had a good time in the mile (4:34.5), and he came back in the two-mile (10:17.25). Kyle Lewis placed in both distance events, and Pifer won the pole vault (12 feet), and Zach Miller did a really good job placing in the 100, 200 and long jump. It was a good, solid team effort, and in a lot of events, we had two places.”

Seymour had two winners. Mitch McCoy took the 800 (2:05.4), and Daniel Hauersperger won the 3,200 (10:05.60).

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