Freshman Emily Sechrist became the first girl in Hillsboro High School history to claim a state cross-country title, winning the Class 3A individual championship Saturday in 16 minutes, 3 seconds at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence.
Sechrist outdistanced her nearest competitor, Sarah Wright of Douglass, by 12 seconds over the 4-kilometer course. Ninety-seven runners competed in the race.
Meanwhile, in the 3A boys? race, Marion?s Jordan Hett placed third in the 5-k race with a time of 17:13, only three seconds behind the runner-up (Cordell Goering of Hutch Trinity), and eight seconds behind the winner, Cory Donley of Sacred Heart.
Hillsboro?s Josh Richert placed 17th in the field of 104 runners with a time of 17:59.
In Class 1A, Brittny Czarnowski of Goessel finished 32nd in a field of 77 runners at Wamego with a time of 18:25.