Seymour Cross Country Runner Commits To IUPUI


Brandon Terrell, Sports Editor

Ashton Chase was a four-time IHSAA state qualifier in cross country and three-time Jackson County “Runner of the Year” during her career at Seymour High School. She was also a four-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference honoree and clocked a season-best 5K time of 18:47 this past season. Chase says Cross Country is a part of who she is, and has made her a happier, healthier person.

Ashton was also considering University of Southern Indiana, and UINDY before committing to IUPUI. She told the owl, “The reason why IUPUI stood out to me was because I knew some past runners who ran there.  They talked to me about how great the school was.  Once I met the coach and visited the campus, I knew it was the best fit for me.  When the phone call came from the coach telling me I was in, it was the easiest and best decision of my life!”

When asked what her favorite Cross Country moment was, Chase told the Owl, “I would say that my favorite moment would be winning XC Regionals at Brown County and beating the second place runner by less than a second. I was the first runner under Coach Sunbury to win Regionals in over 15 years! And I am the first XC runner to advance to state all four years of high school.”

Chase had a successful athletic career at SHS, also playing basketball four years for coach Jason Longmeier.

Chase said, “I will never forget that feeling I had after crossing the finish line, and sharing that moment with my parents, teammates, and coaches.”

The Owl would like to congratulate Ashton on her high school career and wish her the best of luck at IUPUI.