NEW MARKET – County athletes fared well at the Sagamore Conference Cross Country meet Saturday at Southmont. In all, the county had 16 runners (nine boys and seven girls) represented on both the first and second all-Conference team.
The top finisher on the boy’s side was Mountie Brooks Long. He finished second to help pace the Mounties to an overall fourth place finish.
Crawfordsville’s Maddie Hurt made it a 3-peat individually as she won the girls meet in a time of 20:39 helping the Athenians to their first ever Sagamore Conference championship beating Western Boone by 2-points.
“Maddie Hurt looked solid today from start to finish,” said Athenian head coach Megan Craig. “We knew it would be a close race (for the team title), and we had all five girls run well today. This is huge for our program going forward.”
The Athenians put two runners on the first team in Hurt and Madison Fry, who finished second. Lauren Kellerman finished 11th, earning second team honors.
Kelsey Dugger struggled through back problems to bring home a fourth place finish for the Mounties.
“For dealing with back problems, she ran a really solid race,” said Southmont coach Bailey Davis. “She fought through the pain, and we’ll hope to have her healed by next weekend’s sectional.”
North Montgomery, who was looking to 3-peat as team champions, also had two first team all-Conference honors in freshman Makia Hall and sophomore Katlynn McClerkin. Hall finished sixth and McClerkin tenth. Sydney Sabens finished twentieth for second team honors.
“This was the best race we ran all season,” said Charger head coach Mike Myers. “Everyone ran their personal best for this course, and congratulations to Makia and Katlynn for first team honors.”
Crawfordsville took second in the boy’s race, as they placed all five of their runners on the all-Conference teams.
Riley Fyffe, seventh, and Nathan Pryor, tenth, were first team. Will Kellerman (14th), Zach McKinney (16th), and Eli Widmer (20th) earned second team honors.
“Riley and Nathan ran great,” added Craig. “I couldn’t be happier on our performance today.”
Southmont placed fourth as a team behind Long’s second place finish. Noah Clos, eighth, also earned first team honors, and Alex Brissey, 17th, brought home second team honors.
“Overall I was pleased with the boys,” said Davis. “Brooks did a great job of staying with Danville’s top two, and beating Swisher for second.”
The Chargers finished sixth as a team. They were led by Gabe Hatley’s 18th place finish for second team all-Conference.
“We knew there was going to be a pack for fourth and seventh place, and we slipped to sixth,” Myers said. “We had quite a few young guys perform really well.”
All three county teams are off until next Saturday when they’ll compete at the Benton Central Sectional.


Sagamore Conference Meet at Southmont
Girls Team
1) Crawfordsville – 50
2) Western Boone – 52
3) North Montgomery – 76
4) Danville – 103
5) Lebanon – 111
6) Frankfort – 114
All Conference County
First Team (Place)
1) Maddie Hurt Crawfordsville 20:39
2) Madison Fry Crawfodsville 21:15
4) Kelsey Dugger Southmont 21:59
7) Makie Hall North Montgomery 22:32
10) Katlynn McClerkin North Montgomery 22:35
Second Team (Place)
11) Lauren Kellerman Crawfordsville 22:48
20) Sydney Sabens North Montgomery 24:34
Boys Team
1) Danville – 44
2) Crawfordsville – 67
3) Lebanon – 71
4) Southmont – 89
5) Western Boone – 110
6) North Montgomery – 138
7) Frankfort – 153
8) Tri-West – 214
All Conference County
First Team (Place)
2) Brooks Long Southmont 17:02
7) Riley Fyffe Crawfordsville 18:05
8) Noah Clos Southmont 18:09
10) Nathan Pryor Crawfordsville 18:19
Second Team (Place)
14) Will Kellerman Crawfordsville 18:49
16) Zach McKinney Crawfordsville 18:59
17) Alec Brissey Southmont 19:00
18) Gabe Hatley North Montgomery 19:04
20) Eli Widmer Crawfordsville 19:13