Hinerman paces Trojans at CKL meet

Hillsboro’s Jonathan Hinerman earned a medal at the Central Kansas League cross-country meet Oct. 13 at Halstead by placing 13th in a field of 69 runners.

The senior completed the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 28 seconds, about a minute and a half behind the winner, Calvin Shannon of Smoky Valley.

For the first time this season, the Trojans had the numbers to compete as a team as former junior varsity moved up for this event.

Caleb Rempel placed 37th in 19:28, followed by Tucker Moss (20:41) 49th, Orin Blecha (24:25) 65th and Avery Unruh (25:00) 68th.

As a team, the Trojans placed ninth. Halstead won with 46 points, edging Smoky Valley by one point. Following them were Pratt (79), Larned (120), Hesston (150), Lyons (188), Haven (205), Kingman (208) and Hillsboro (232).

In the girls’ varsity race, Abby Driggers placed 30th in a field of 46 runners with a time of 24:29.

Millie Sechrist finished fifth among seven runners in the junior varsity race with a time of 26:38; Anna Baugh was seventh in 34:45.

“The CKL meet was the culmination of a great season,” coach Robert Haude said. “The kids represented Hillsboro with pride and displayed toughness in races that were highly competitive, and for most of the them it was the best they ran all year.”

Coming—Hillsboro runners will travel all the way to Meade for their Class 2A regional race this Saturday. The girls are scheduled to run at 11 a.m. and the boys at 11:40 a.m. In addition to Hillsboro and Meade, the field includes Canton-Galva, Berean Acad­emy, Elkhart, Kiowa County, Inman, Stanton County, Macksville, Oxford, Pratt Skyline, St. John-Hudson, Sublette and Udall.