Mueller-led Hillsboro boys take 2nd


Nathan Vogel bears down on a personal best 5-kilometer time of 18:17 at Southeast of Saline. He placed 11th out of 103 runners. Phyllis Richert photo

The Hillsboro boys finished as the runners-up in a 14-team field at the Southeast of Saline Invitational cross-country meet Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The Trojans accumulated 85 points to place second to Berean Academy with 75 and ahead of Sterling in third with 111.

Setting the pace for the Trojans was Nicholas Mueller, who covered the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 57 seconds to finish fifth among 103 runners.

Nathan Vogel followed with a personal-best time of 18:17 to place 11th. Next in line for HHS were Robbie McClelland (18:39, 17th), Brandon McMillen (18:53, 22nd), David Ratzloff (19:20, 34th), Jonathan King(19:23, 35th) and Matthew Klenda (19:57, 52nd).

McClelland, McMillen and King all ran personal-best times.

?Everyone ran hard and showed up mentally prepared to run well,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?We had talked about the boys? opportunity to compete against some of the top-ranked teams in the state and, wow, did our kids compete.?

Sterling is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A and Berean No. 2. In 3A, the Trojans outperformed No. 1 Southeast of Saline and No. 2 Ellsworth. The Trojans themselves received enough votes for ninth place in the latest poll of coaches.

?The team has been training well and it was neat to see their hard work pay off with some success,? Holmes said. ?Nicholas ran an outstanding race. The next five guys either set their personal record or just missed it.

?Nathan is really starting to learn how to use his strength and speed over the 3-mile distance and had the highest varsity finish of his career.?

The Hillsboro girls, meanwhile, did not have sufficient numbers to compete as a team. Heidi Schroeder and Jessica Elliott crossed the finish line right after each other. Schroeder covered the 4-K course in 18:17 to place 25th among 92 runners and Elliott in 18:20 to place 26th.

Brenna Blackketter placed 48th (18:45) and Samantha Ens 52nd (18:49).

?The girls showed progress as well, with Heidi and Jessica both posting good times for a fairly windy day, and Samantha set a personal record,? Holmes said. ?On a good day, we have several girls that could challenge our school record of 18:06.?

The junior varsity boys? race was cancelled because of threatening weather.

Coming?The Trojans are scheduled to compete Thursday at the Berean Academy Invita?tion at Harvey County East Park. Races begin at 4 p.m.

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