Hillsboro?s Emily Sechrist won the Class 3-2-1A girls? division at the Wamego Invita?tional cross-county meet Saturday.
The Trojan senior, the defending Class 2A state champion, covered the 4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 21.26 seconds to out?pace her closest rival by 36 seconds. Trojan state-qualifiers likely will return to the course for state at the end of the season.
?Not only did Emily win the Wamego Invitational for the third year in a row, she ran her fastest time ever on the course by 18 seconds,? coach Stuart Holmes said.
?To be that much faster at this early point in the season is a great sign and a credit to her training this summer,? he added.
Teammate Karyn Leihy earned a medal by placing 24th in the field of 97 runners in 17:40.72, which was about a minute faster than her time last year.
?She is off to a great start to her senior year as well,? Holmes said.
For the boys, Jonathan Hinerman placed 13th in the 5-k junior varsity race with a time of 19:43.16, which was an improvement of 1:45 from last season. The top 30 finishers earned a medal.
?Obviously, he is ready to have an outstanding (sophomore) season,? Holmes said. ?He really persevered on the tough, hilly course and showed a lot of grit.?
In his first race of the season, Tristan Donaldson placed 135th out of 166 runners in the JV race with a time of 24:48.98.
Coming?The Trojans won?t return to competition until Sept. 23, when they will run at the Southeast of Saline Invitational.