Allen takes first at Sterling meet

Hillsboro?s Joel Allen won his third cross-country race of the season with a comfortable cushion at the Sterling Invitational Thursday.

The senior, coming off a school-record performance the previous week, covered the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to outpace runner-up Josh Ranking of Ellsworth.

Allen?s teammates, Bret Mueller and Justin King, finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in the field of 70 runners with times of 18:02 and 18:15. Avery Franz placed 49th in 20:16.

?The varsity boys did not have a team score as Josh Richert has been ill this week and we decided the day before the meet to rest him this race in order to try to help him get better for league,? coach Stuart Holmes said.

Sterling won the boys? team title by eight points over Hutch Trinity.

For the girls, Samantha Ens placed 46th among 50 runners in the varsity girls? race, covering 4 kilometers in 21:26.

In the boys? junior varsity race, Daniel Gray placed 12th (21:40), Tyler Funk 35th (24:48), Diego Castillo 37th (25:01) and Nodari Lomidze 47th (27:59) in a field of 51 runners.

Clay Etheridge placed second (20:37) among 26 runners in a freshman boys? race and Erin Wiebe placed sixth (30:37) among eight entries in the freshman girls? race.

Coming?Hillsboro will return to Sterling?s course this Thursday for the first Central Kansas League meet.

?With Josh (Richert) running, the guys will be in the hunt for another league championship,? Holmes said. ?Potentially it could come down to just a few points between Sterling, Hesston and us, so we?ll need all the guys to have a great day.?

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