HHS runners battle hills and heat

Hillsboro runners battled wind, heat and hilly terrain at the Southeast of Saline Invitational Sept. 19.

With temperatures reaching 101 degrees, the race course was shortened to 2 miles from than the usual 5-k (3.1 miles) route.

For the first time this season, the Trojans ran together as a varsity team, rather than forming separating varsity and junior varsity runners.

In the boys’ race, freshman Caleb Diener was the first Trojan to finish, crossing the line in 12 minutes, 32 seconds to place 22nd among 91 runners.

He was followed by Tristan Reed (42nd in 13:10), Tucker Moss (54th in 13:44), Caleb Rempel (59th in 13:56), Jason Latham (81st in 15:11) and Orin Blecha (91st in 20:05.

Qualifying for a team score for the first time, the Trojans placed 10th among 12 schools with 78 points. South­east of Saline won the team title with 42.

In the girls’ race, Iris Klein led the team with a 36th-place finish in a field of 64 runners in 16:19. Abby Driggers was two places behind her in 16:28. Millie Sechrist placed 57th in 19:39 and Maddie Suderman was 63rd in 20:54.

“This meet showed the toughest of these kids,” coach Robert Haude said. “The conditions were hot and windy, not ideal for running. These athletes competed hard and represented Hillsboro well. I was proud of them.’

Coming—Hillsboro will compete Thursday at the Berean Invitational at Harvey County East Lake. Races begin at 4 p.m., then travel to Sterling Oct. 5 with a 3:30 p.m. start.

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