Senior Jonathan Hinerman placed seventh out of 93 finishers to pace the Hillsboro cross-country team at the Southeast of Saline Invitational Thursday.
Because of the heat and humidity, the distance for all races was shortened from the traditional 5 kilometers (3.2 miles) to 3,200 meters, the metric two mile.
Hinerman, the only Trojan in the varsity race, finished the course in 11 minutes, 35 seconds, about 45 seconds behind the winner, Steven Cline of Halstead.
Abby Driggers, the lone varsity runner for the girls, finished 32nd among 62 finishers in a time of 15:38.
In junior varsity races, Caleb Rempel finished third among 81 finishers in the boys’ race with a time of 12:35, only seven seconds behind the winner. Moss Tucker placed 22nd in 14:07, Avery Unruh 57th in 16:25 and Orin Blecha 81st in 26:27.
“I am continually impressed from meet after meet the toughness these runners run with,” coach Robert Haude said of his Trojans. “The competitiveness that these kids bring to each meet make it a joy to coach them and watch them succeed.
“We had five runners medal, which took great effort out of these runners. I have runners that may not have earned a medal, but got a lot better in this meet. I challenge the kids to compete with yourself each meet. Push yourself to the best that you can be, and if you are doing that then you will no regrets.”
Coming—Hillsboro will be competing at the Berean Invitational Thursday at Harvey County East Lake. Races begin at 4 p.m.