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Hot Dog boys win first conference title in 6 years

SAGAMORE CHAMPS: Frankfort’s boys cross country team won the school’s first conference championship since 2013 on Saturday at Crawfordsville. Above, the team poses for photo after the meet.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort’s boys cross country team won its first Sagamore Conference championship since 2013 on Saturday, with Hugo Hernandez leading the charge taking third place individually.

“It’s been six years since we’ve won conference,” Frankfort head coach Tim Galati said. “Since I’ve been here we’ve actually doubled the number the cross country teams have won.”

It was Galati’s sixth championship since he took over the program in 2003, with the Hot Dogs having 12 overall “dating back to the 1960s.

“We knew Hugo was going to have a tough race against two quality runners,” he added, noting that Hernandez actually ran 19 seconds faster than last year on the same course.

“The rest of the team placed higher than we expected (based on previous times this season). It was probably one of the deepest conference meets I’ve seen with four teams in the hunt. Usually, it’s like two or three that are in it to win it.”

Frankfort took the team title with 45 points with Lebanon second (52), Crawfordsville third (66), Danville fourth (75) and Western Boone (124) and Southmont (180) completing the field.

Western Boone’s Colton Collier won the event in 16:30 with Lebanon’s Zachary West second in 16:35 and Hernandez third in 16:46.

Josue Bautista Ventura took sixth for Frankfort in 17:30. Bryan Bautista Ventura was ninth (17:55), Daniel Pritchett 13th overall (18:02) and Cristian Asensio-Mora 16th (18:08) to complete the team score. Angel Perez and Mauro Lopez-Carrillo also ran finishing in 26th (18:39) and 35th (19:51) respectively.

The Hot Dogs finished second last year losing by five points.

“The guys we brought back improved drastically over last year and we have a freshman (Pritchett) who has improved over the year as well,” Galati said.

He noted that 8 of the top 12 finishers at conference were seniors, “so for the future we’re looking pretty good as well even though we do lose Hugo and Bryan.”

Perez and Lopez-Carillo are also freshmen with Pritchett having the second fastest time by a freshman at the meet and Bautista Ventura the fastest time by a sophomore.

The girls team finished fifth at Saturday’s meet with 117 points. Crawfordsville won the title with 53, followed by Western Boone (58), Lebanon (59) and Danville (70). Southmont (167) and North Montgomery (190) finished the standings.

Carina Alanis paced the Hot Dogs coming in 16th (22:19).

“She actually ran 10 seconds faster than last year, but showing how much stronger the conference is she finished six places worse,” Galatti said.

Ane Ochoa De Alda (18th in 22:25) and Romy Hemmersbach (24th in 23:15) also received all-conference recognition for their performances. Payton Dubree (29th, 23:50) and Madyson Cook (30th, 24:19) completed the team score. Kiyomi Perkins (35th, 26:07) and Jalyn Vessels (38th, 27:11) also ran for the Hot Dogs.

Ochoa De Alda and Hemmersbach are foreign exchange students.

“(Their performances were) pretty impressive considering that they never ran in their native countries,” Galati said.