Competing in their first race this season as a full varsity cross country team, the Hillsboro boys won the title at the Peabody-Burns meet Thursday at the Topham Farm near Peabody.
Senior Joel Allen led the way, winning the individual gold medal in a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds on a course that was extended beyond the usual 5 kilometers to avoid muddy areas after a rain Wednesday night.
Claiming his second straight win, Allen led the field of 65 runners by 1:01. Coach Stuart Holmes said the course changes added about a minute and a half to the 5-k times.
?Joel winning another race was a highlight, but the boys? team placing first out of 10 full teams showed that we have more than just Joel,? Holmes said.
Brett Mueller was the second Trojan to cross, placing seventh in 19:41. Josh Richert finished 10th in 19:52, Justin King 11th in 19:58 and Avery Frantz 29th in 29:38 to complete the Trojan scoring.
?Our top four gave us a great start, placing four in the top 11, which is outstanding,? Holmes said.
King?s finish earned him his first varsity medal.
Frantz finished ahead of every other school?s fifth-place runner to enhance the Trojans? final score of 53 points, which placed them 21 points ahead of second-place Hesston.
In the girls? varsity race, Samantha Ens was the Trojans? only runner, placing 33rd in 21:17 on a 4-k course. In the junior-varsity race, Brenna Black?ketter placed sixth (20:47) and Erin Wiebe seventh (20:53).
In the boys? JV race, Clay Ethridge earned his first medal by placing fourth (22:26), Daniel Gray placed eighth (22:42), Tyler Funk 29th (24:57) and Nadari Lomidze 46th (29:40).
Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete at South?east of Saline Tuesday, but won?t compete again until Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Berean Invitational at Harvey County East Park.