Emily Sechrist set the pace as the Hillsboro cross-country team made its 2013 competitive debut Saturday at the Wamego Invitational.
The Trojans? 2011 state champion and 2012 runner-up in Class 3A won the 1A-2A-3A 4-kilometer race at Wamego by 1 minute, 6 seconds over her closest rival. Sechrist crossed the finish line in 15:42.
?It was also impressive that she was able to run a faster time this year even though she was not pushed by another runner like last year,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?Her dedication to training has put her in position to have another outstanding season.?
Holmes added that Sechrist is aware that other top competitors in the state were not running at Wamego this year.
?There will be some outstanding competition in some of the other meets?but for today she dominated in impressive fashion.?
Karyn Leihy placed 26th among the 107 competitors with a time of 18:44.
?Karyn also ran an excellent race, and ran determined to push through the discomfort of racing on such a tough course,? Holmes said.
For the boys, Avery Franz finished 75th among 130 runners with a time of 21:19.
?Avery had some knee pain and ran mainly as a training run,? Holmes said.
Freshman Jonathan Hinerman placed 26th among 162 runners in the junior varsity boys? race.
The other four members of the Trojan squad?J.D. Schmidt, Morganne Hamm, Mary Leihy and Lydia Kliewer did not compete because of injury or illness.
Coming?Hillsboro will join the field at the Peabody Invitation Thursday, then will run Tuesday at South?east of Saline. The races at Peabody begin at 4:15 p.m.