The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Brooks Long was one step ahead of Seeger competitor Conno Million and pulled away for the win.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Brooks Long was one step ahead of Seeger competitor Conno Million and pulled away for the win.

Eleven boys teams and eight girls teams showed up to North Montgomery on Thursday for a little run in the sun.

The boys took off first in what turned out to be a Seeger/South race to the finish.

Brooks Long and Connor Million were neck and neck for the last half of the race. The two had been here before at Southmont’s meet where Million pulled ahead at the end. This time was different.

Long took the lead and widened the gap to finish six seconds ahead of Million.

“It was hard running with Connor from Seeger the last mile and a half,” Long said. “That really pushed me hard. I had to keep up with him and once we started hitting the wind I used it as a windbreak. I thought that would save some energy for the end. I did way better than our last race.”

Coach Bailey Davis said it was just a matter of how much he wanted it.

“He got past by same guy from Seeger so it was the same duel it out at the end,” she explained. “For him it was a good way to come back and good for him to be going in the direction I know he wants to go.”

Next up was Ross Lippencott in 16th, South taking third place overall.

Davis said the team did good work today.

“I was very pleased with how we did,” she said. “It was a really good confidence booster for us just to have a flat course and be able to perform how I know they can perform.”

North had finishes of 13th and 14th with Michael Munro and Brandon Alenduff, respectively. The boys finished sixth overall while the girls did work on their side.

McClerkin and the Heide twins rounded the bend and headed for the finish line. A Tri-County and Webo runner held the first two spots but the Chargers were vying for the next few.

Katlynn McClerkin topped the North charts at third place, about 15 seconds behind second. Running a 7:04 pace, she said she started off too fast.

“I should’ve have saved all my energy for the end,” she said. “I’m excited but I went too fast during the first part.”

The twins came in fourth and fifth while the rest got under 35. The Chargers scored a 53 lowest score and a trophy to boot.

McClerkin said she is looking forward to the county meet in a week. Next Thursday, North and South will face off again at Southmont this time with Crawfordsville also present. Let the race for county begin!