Photo by Neil BurkThe Montgomery County boys’ cross country race came down to a tiebreaker with Southmont taking the win.
Photo by Neil Burk

The Montgomery County boys’ cross country race came down to a tiebreaker with Southmont taking the win.
NEW MARKET-The Montgomery County cross country race couldn't have been much closer. Southmont and Crawfordsville tied in team points on the boys' side with 33 and had to go to their sixth runner to break the tie.

It went to the Mounties, in part, thanks to a great effort by freshman Quentin Yund to catch two runners ahead of him and bump himself up a spot. Crawfordsville was third with 58 team points. North Montgomery won the girls race since they were the only school with a full team.

Brooks long was first in the boys' race. He ran a 17:36 for Southmont.

Crawfordsville freshman Maddy Hurt won the girls race in 21:47.

"Maddy puts in the time and hours and has dedication to continue improving. She has goals for the sectional and beyond. She doesn't limit herself," Crawfordsville head coach Megan Craig said.

Ross Lippencott was the next best Mountie at fifth (18:40).

"I told them that everyone would have to do their part. I ran over there and told Quentin he had to split him and he got it done," Southmont head coach Marvin Walters said. "Without everyone doing what they did this doesn't happen. That's why I'm still coaching. We have kids still putting out that kind of effort. Our kids responded during the race."

Crawfordsville took spots two through four in the boys race with Davis Thompson (18:07), Nathan Pryor (18:15) and Manuel Arroyo (18:32) claiming those spots.

"We knew after the Charger Classic that this race was going to be close," Craig said. "We are where we want to be for a mid-season event. Everyone is improving."

North's top two boys were Michael Munro (18:49) and Brandon Alenduff (18:51) in sixth and seventh.

"We still have a lot of work to do on the boys. We don't like coming in last at the county, but we are running against good teams," Charger head coach Mike Myers said.

Hana (22:30) and Haley Heide (22:41) were second and third for North Montgomery in the girls' race. Senior Courtney Clark (23:21) was fourth.

"I was happy with the girls especially. Hana Heide won this race last year in the 24s and she ran in the mid 22s this year and got second. So the times are getting faster."

Kelsey Dugger took fifth for Southmont in 24:04.

"Kelsey was shooting to be fifth. The top girls are just too fast right now. That's the fastest she's run on our course and she met our goal. Sydney (Casteel) bettered her time on our home course by more than two minutes."

The win gives Southmont the boys' title after Crawfordsville won it last year. Crawfordsville will travel to the North Vermillion Invite on Tuesday. Crawfordsville and Southmont will battle Thursday at the McCutcheon 5-way meet.