File photos by Lori PoteetBrooks Long (top) and Maddy Hurt finished eighth in their respective races to move on to semistate.
File photos by Lori Poteet

Brooks Long (top) and Maddy Hurt finished eighth in their respective races to move on to semistate.
LAFAYETTE -- Five athletes will represent Montgomery County in the New Prairie cross country semistate on Saturday.

Maddy Hurt, of Crawfordsville (20:04), and Brooks Long, of Southmont (16:40), each took eighth in their respective races to pace the county athletes. They both advanced as individuals.

"I'm very excited for Brooks," Southmont head coach Marvin Walters. "He has continued to be hungry all season. For just a sophomore he is very mature in his mental approach. He makes himself better every day. We were confident that he would get to go (to the semistate)."

"Maddy ran a great race. Placing 8th overall in regionals was indicative of her hard work," Crawfordsville head coach Megan Craig said. "She went out strong and let her hard work all season carry her through. She has the mental toughness of a veteran runner, she knows what it means to push until you cross the finish line. She has a very bright future. I feel privileged to be a part of it. We look forward to semi state with both her and Davis Thompson."

Southmont competed as a boys' team. They were 10th with 196 points. West Lafayette won the boys' event with 20 points and the girls' event with 19. North Montgomery's girls made up the only other county team. They were seventh with 163 points.

"We were missing one of our top-five kids," Walters said. "The kids ran very well and every one of our top five runners had a personal best time today. We knew we were going to have to run very very well."

Hana (20:54) and Haley Heide (20:55), of North Montgomery also advanced on the girls' side. They were 22nd and 23rd, respectively. Those finishes qualified as one of the top ten individuals not on a team that advanced to the semistate. Davis Thompson, of Crawfordsville (17:16), advanced as an individual as well. He was 27th.

"What an unbelievable girls' season," North Montgomery head coach Mike Myers said. "It's exciting for Hana and Haley to advance. We had three records set today. Courtney Clark set the senior record, both Heides beat the sophomore record and Brandon Alenduff broke the junior record. Every single person placed higher than they were supposed to.

"The two boys put in the hours all summer and all season. They deserved to come up here. They've been co-captains for me all year," Myers added.

The five advancing athletes will run at New Prairie on Saturday for the chance of a trip to state.