Boys’ cross country team sacrifices race for a fellow teammate

The Warrior cross country boys’ team has been continuing its season with success. On Aug. 25, the team competed at the Salem Invitational where they placed twelfth out of 17.

At North Harrison on Aug. 30, Tristian Rowland (10) received an individual win of eleventh place and a medal.

“I was actually surprised because I thought I got twentieth,” said Rowland. “I was happy to beat my time.”

On Labor Day weekend, the team traveled to the Columbus North Invitational early in the morning. This was one of the bigger meets for them. Practically all of the boys set a new personal record for themselves.

On Sept. 4, the team held its only home meet, which was also Senior Night for Scottsburg and Austin High School, though there were only two seniors from the SHS team: Jacob Siekman and Patrick Lincoln. The boys (all except Siekman) decided beforehand that they would stay beside Siekman while he ran, to give him the honor of finishing first on the team. Brock Adams (11) said that his proudest moment was when Siekman came in first on the team.

Athletic Director Jamie Lowry knew of what the boys had done to honor Siekman and awarded them the IHSAA pin of sportsmanship for sacrificing their race for him. Lowry said this was one of “the ultimate acts of sportsmanship he has ever seen.”

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