NEW CARLISLE - Cross country running is about dealing with obstacles. Sometimes those obstacles are out of your control. That was the case Saturday for Southmont's sophomore Brooks Long at the New Prairie semistate.

The sophomore lost a shoe during the race when he was stepped on by a fellow runner. He finished in 27th, as the 12th individual from a non-advancing team. He needed to be 10th from a non-advancing team to qualify for state. His time was 16:51, six seconds outside of the time that would have gotten out.

"With only one shoe, the remaining course was difficult to get any traction. We are very proud of him," Southmont head coach Marvin Walters said.

Long was one of five Montgomery County runners competing at the event. Davis Thompson, of Crawfordsville, wasn't able to advance either. He finished 142nd overall in 18:30.

On the girls side, Crawfordsville's Maddy Hurt finished 44th overall and was the 19th individual finisher from a team that did not advance. She finished the course in 20:28. The slowest time to advance was 20:07.

North Montgomery had two runners at the event. Hana Heide was 102nd in 21:33. Haley Heide was 118th in 21:54.

The state meet will be held Saturday at Lavern Gibson Course in Terre Haute.