OXFORD, Ind. — Determined athletes tend to win more often than not.
So even though the Seeger cross country teams went into Saturday’s sectional meet at Benton Central with their eyes on a bigger prize down the road, it didn’t keep the Patriots from sweeping the hardware.
For the first time in school history, Seeger claimed both the boys and girls team titles and for the second year in a row, senior Kolton Pearson and junior Jennifer Romero captured the individual titles.
“The wins are great, but I’m sure they were definitely a little warn out from what we have done this past week,’’ said Seeger coach Miles Stucky.
That’s because the Patriots started their week winning both titles at the Wabash River Conference meet last Tuesday, they followed that up with a hard workout on Thursday before Saturday’s sectional.
“I’ve put them through a little more than I have in the past, knowing we had a good shot of winning both,’’ said Stucky, acknowledging that he worked his teams through this meet. “The girls have a chance at state and the obviously plan is to have them peak at semi-state. Where the boys are trying to get to semi-state and we want them to peak at regionals.’’
So while advancing to Saturday’s regional meet, hosted by West Lafayette Harrison, was the primary goal, they didn’t forget what happened a year ago.
The Seeger girls had it’s lowest score in sectional history last year and tied with Benton Central, but the Bison claimed the sectional title based on the tiebreaker.
On Saturday, the Patriots had five of the top-seven and their sixth runner finished in 13th. Seeger’s winning score was an impressive 19 points with Benton Central finishing a distant second with 62.
“The girls felt that they had something to prove after losing on a tiebreaker last year,’’ Stucky said.
Romero’s winning time for the 5K course was 19:19 with teammate Libby Smith finishing second and freshman Hadessah Austin finishing third.
Individually, Covington’s Bailey Duncan, Fountain Central’s Tyler Bowling and Courtney Sims along with North Vermillion’s Layla Strubberg advanced to next week’s regional meet.
The Seeger boys, who finished second a year ago, edged out Frontier 51-56.
Pearson won the boys race by 10 seconds over Justin Scott of Twin Lakes. Pearson’s winning time over the 5K course was 17 minutes, 45 seconds.
Following Pearson across the line for the Patriots were Ethan Hernandez in third and Thomas Odle in fourth.
Frontier had all five of its runners in the top-21, while Seeger had four in the top-16 and its fifth runner finished 31st to secure the title.
The top five teams advance to next Saturday’s West Lafayette Harrison Regional. Joining Seeger will be Wabash River Conference rival Fountain Central, which placed fifth.
Individually, Blake Bova and Masn McPherson-Duprey of Covington advanced.
The Patriots have now won both the boys and girls sectional titles three times in school history. The boys won the title in 2015, 2018 and this year, while the girls won the time in 2012, 2014 and this year.