The Hillsboro boys? cross-country team finished sixth among 17 schools at the Wamego Invitational on Saturday.
The Trojans rolled up 138 points to finish 18 behind the winning team from Riley County on the hilly 5-kilometer course where the state meet will be held Oct. 31.
Leading the way for HHS was Nathan Vogel, who placed 11th among 126 runners in 19 minutes, 9.58 seconds. Complement?ing him were Jonathan King (19th, 19:28.48), Bret Mueller (29th, 19:57.35), Josh Richert (45th, 20:47.97) and Dimitri McClelland (51st, 21:05.08).
?The competition was excellent, but our runners were up to the challenge,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?Running espcially well were Nathan, Jonathan and Bret, who had great races for this early in the season.
?Our new runners competed well also for their first time on the state course.?
Samantha Ens, the only member of the girls? team, placed 45th in the 4-kilometer junior-varsity race in 21:10.11.
In the boys? JV race, Justin King placed 15th among 170 runners in 20:14.88, followed by Michael Christian (73rd, 22:18.57) and Daniel Gray (93rd, 23:23.29).
AUGUSTA — Hillsboro placed third in the junior varsity race at the large-school J.K. Gold Classic on Sept. 5. Nathan Vogel led the team by finishing fifth among 71 runners in 18:35.88.
He was followed by Bret Mueller (10th, 18:57.91), Jona?than King (11th, 18:58.56), Josh Richert (26th, 19:47.38), Dimitri McClelland (28th, 20:00.94), Justin King (30th, 20:19.94), Michael Christian (53rd, 21:59.15) and Daniel Gray (59th, 23:22.94).
COMING — Hillsboro will compete for the first time at the Peabody Invitational on Thurs?day. Races begin a 3:30 p.m.
The following Tuesday, the team travels to Southeast of Saline for a 4:30 p.m. start.