NEW MARKET – Southmont has one of the most physically demanding courses in all of West Central Indiana, just ask the participants in Thursday’s Montgomery County cross country meet.

With runners crawling across the finish line and a few almost passing out, you could tell everyone gave it their all.

In the end, it was the Southmont boys edging out Crawfordsville 25-30, and the Athenian girls defeating North Montgomery 26-31 to claim the County championships.

“I thought our girls ran really well.” Charger head coach Mike Myers said. “(Crawfordsville is) a talented team, and I thought we battled throughout the race.”

Crawfordsville’s Madison Fry won the girls race in a time of 21:23, five seconds ahead of Southmont’s Kelsey Dugger, and thirty seconds ahead of teammate Maddie Hurt. The Chargers top runner was Katlynn McClerkin who finished fourth, one minute ahead of Athenian Lauren Kellerman to round out the top five.

“This is our first year of having a complete girls team, so to win the county is a good morale booster going forward.” Athenian coach Megan Craig said. “The girls were determined and turned in some good times today.”

Brooks Long repeated as county champion in the boys race for Southmont. He completed the 3.1 mile course in 17:57, 15 seconds ahead of Crawfordsville’s Riley Fyffe who finished second. Athenians’ Nathan Pryor and Mounties’ runners Noah Clos and Ross Lippencott rounded out the top five. The Chargers were led by Shane Allenduff in the no. 11 spot.

“Our front four guys really set the tone early in the race, and especially the first two miles.” Mountie head coach Trent Vickery said. “All of our guys ran better than expected, and we needed it to beat a good Crawfordsville team.”

All three teams will compete on the same course on Saturday, October 1 for the Sagamore Conference meet.