Sechrist places 3rd at J.K. Gold race

Emily Sechrist kicked off her senior cross-country season with a third-place finish at the prestigious J.K. Gold Classic hosted by Wichita State University near Augusta.
The two-time state champion covered the 4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 7.17 seconds to finish behind Carly Flake of Andover (14:50.69) and Kelsi Andrews of Kapaun-Mount Carmel (15:05.73), who finished eighth and sixth, respectively, at the Class 5A state race a year ago.
?Emily ran an outstanding early-season time against some excellent competition,? said coach Stuart Holmes. ?Along with the good time, it was great that she finished the last several hundred meters so strong.?
Hillsboro?s Karyn Leihy finished 36th in the race in 18:05.29.
Two Trojan boys ran in the junior varsity 5-k race. Sophomore Jonathan Hiner?man placed 14th in 19:38.66 and senior Jon Carey came in 82nd among 93 runners in 24:40.94.
?Jonathan ran especially well, passing five guys in the last 800 meters,? Holmes said. ?All of our runners ran well. It was a very positive start to the season.?
Coming?The Trojans will run at Wamego Satur?day with an 8 a.m. start.

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