LINDEN — Crawfordsville, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, and Southmont all competed in the 48th Annual Charger Relays at North Montgomery on Friday evening. Track and Field athletes from 11 schools braved 20+ mph southwest winds to compete in the unique meet where all the events are relays and the field events tally a combined score between two participants from each school.

“There’s a lot of different events, and the wind did play a factor in all of the events,” Crawfordsville coach Sean Gerold said. “You want to see your athletes in adverse situations and this is one of them, and I thought we competed well tonight.”

All three county schools had top finishes, while North Montgomery saw a lot of success in the field events. 

Kade Kobel and Ben Lovold combined to win the boys long jump with a distance of 39’ 8.5,” while Katlynn McClerkin and Madi Welch won the girls long jump with a total distance of 32’ 1.” Porter Bennett and Jaron Bradford teamed up to win the boys high jump with a combined leap of 11 feet. Kaitlyn Rice and Madi Altman won the girls discus with a combined throw of 175 feet. 

On the track, North Montgomery won the girls sprint medley relay with a time of 2:00.37, and the boys sprint medley relay in 1:44.65. The boys 4X200 meter relay team also won with a time of 1:37.67, and the girls 4X400 meter relay in 4:20.57.

While the Chargers are showing marked improvement as the season nears the halfway point, coach Josh Thompson has to remind his athletes of the end goal.

“We always tell our kids that we focus our goals on the end of the season with county, conference, and sectional,” he said. “And I think our kids really buy into that, and I think they’ve done a great job of focusing on that and they understand how we treat the beginning of the season, and how we progress.”

Crawfordsville’s Ana Mota and Abby Bannon had a combined effort of 58’ 7” to placed second in the girls shot put, while Eric Cifuentes and Rodrigo Rojas were second in the boys pole vault with a combined vault of 18 feet. The Athenian’s girls distance medley relay team placed second with a time of 14:45.82, while the 4X800 relay team placed third in 11:59.57, and the boys 4X100 relay team third in 46.87.

Southmont’s sprinters showed out with some top performances.

The Mounties’ boys 4X100 relay team won with a time of 45.97, while the girls 4X200 relay team was second in 1:53.91.

The girls shuttle hurdle relay team won with a time of 1:06.14, while the boys 4X400 relay team won easily with a time of 3:33.01. 

“Obviously in the sprints we have some depth there,” Southmont coach Desson Hannum said. “And it’s really the first year that we’ve had that depth in several years and it’s nice to have that depth of sprinters where you don’t have to just rely on one or two people.”

Fountain Central’s single win came in the boys distance medley relay team with a time of 11:33.50, a full 20 seconds faster than second place Northview. The Mustangs’ 4X200 relay team was second in 1:41.66, while the boys spring medley relay team was second in 1:45.75.

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