3 letter-winners to run for HHS

Hillsboro?s cross-country team will feature these letter-winners and seniors: (from left) Lydia Kliewer, Tristan Donaldson, Allison Maxfield and Jonathan Hinerman. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press
Hillsboro?s cross-country team will feature these letter-winners and seniors: (from left) Lydia Kliewer, Tristan Donaldson, Allison Maxfield and Jonathan Hinerman. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

With four-time state medalist Emily Sechrist running at Oklahoma Baptist Univer?sity this fall, Hills?boro cross-country coach Stuart Holmes will begin his 13th season?and the post-Sechrist era?with three returning letter-winners on his roster of nine runners.

Sechrist, who shattered the school record time for girls in her first race as freshman, went on to win the Class 3A title that season and the 2A title as a junior; she was the 3A runner-up as a sophomore and senior. Her departure doesn?t necessarily affect Holmes? aspirations for this fall?s team.

?The runners seem to have a very positive attitude, which goes a long way toward making it another rewarding season,? he said, ?My goal each year is that each runner would improve as a person, student and runner due to their participation in cross country.?

The potential for success may swing to the boys? side this season with the return of two junior letter-winners, Jonathan Hiner?man and Tristan Donaldson.

?Jonathan has run more miles this summer than in the past and is looking to be even more competitive as a result of his good summer preparation,? Holmes said. ?Tristan looks stronger this season also.?

Holmes welcomes four new runners to the program: sophomore Samuel Damon and freshmen Tucker Moss, Caleb Rempel and Avery Unruh.

?These four are in their first season of cross country, but have shown potential and are making progress in the few practices we?ve had so far,? Holmes said.

Beyond Sechrist?s absence, the biggest change for the girls this fall is the distance they will be racing. After running 4 kilometers all these years, the girls will run the 5-k distance that boys have been running.

Senior Lydia Kliewer returns as the only letter-winner. Senior Allison Max?field is out for the first time. Freshman Abby Driggers completes the roster.

?Lydia, along with Jonathan, has shown good leadership, which is important to having a successful season,? Holmes said.

The Trojan coach highlighted Maxfield?s positive attitude in her first season of cross country.

Driggers, meanwhile, has been running the past two seasons as part of the middle school team.

?Overall, practice has been going well, and even though we have a fair amount of runners who are unproven, hopefully our runners will show great improvement as the year progresses,? Holmes said.

The Trojans are scheduled to run their first race of the season Thursday at Lindsborg. Races begin at 3:30 p.m. on the golf course just east of town.