Freshmen lead HHS to third place

Led by a pair of freshmen twins, the Hillsboro boys’ cross country team finished third at the Southeast of Saline Invitational meet Sept. 19.

Aaron and Daniel Yoder finished 14th and 18th respectively in the varsity race to pace the Trojans. Their times of 18:41 and 18:48 earned them medals in the field of 122 runners and 21 teams.

Adam Jilka, Andy Unger and Matt Unger finished 36th, 37th and 38th, respectively, to round out the Trojan team scoring.

Garrett Call, who has been the Trojans’ leading runner in prior meets, finished 52nd in a time of 20:03. The senior complained of breathing difficulties that may have been allergy-related.

Freshman Michael Bookless finished 95th in 22:04.

“We did not run as well as we hoped,” said coach Brian Kennell. “We wanted to take second place. We are looking to get back to usual at Berean.”

In the junior varsity race, Nick Unruh earned a medal by finishing ninth with a time of 21:23. Tyler Stout placed 14th in 22:19 and Wade Kimbrel finished in a time of 23:57.

For the girls, Heather Pankratz was the first Trojan to finish, placing 51st among 114 runners in a time of 15:09. Jocelyn Kliewer finished 86th in 16:32 and Kara Kaufman was 104th in 17:91.

The Berean Invitational is scheduled for Thursday at Harvey County East Lake. Races begin at 4 p.m. The following Tuesday, the Trojans compete at Ellsworth, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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