Sechrist resets record, Mueller leads HHS boys at Southeast of Saline



Freshman Emily Sechrist ran her third consecutive school-record race of the season, leading a competitive Hills?boro effort at the Southeast of Saline Invita?tional Sept. 20.

Sechrist covered the 4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 23 seconds, giving her the third-fastest time among 67 finishers and lowering her school record by 23 seconds.

?To show how well she is running, the two girls that beat her both ran under the South?east of Saline previous course record of 15:18,? coach Stuart Holmes said.

Not far behind Sechrist was Karen Leihy, who placed seventh in 16:25?38 seconds faster than her previous best.

?Karen also ran great, beating a quality runner that beat her last week and broke 17 minutes for the first time,? Holmes said.

Samantha Ens and Amy Bartel both ran in the girls? junior varsity race. Ens finished second in 19:31 and Bartel was seventh in 20:36 among 23 finishers.

For the HHS boys, Bret Mueller led the way with a ninth-place finish over the 5-k course in 18:33. Close behind in the race with 106 finishers was Josh Richert, who placed 11th in 18:35.

?Josh ran especially well and finished just two seconds behind Bret,? Holmes said. ?Unfortu?nately, Avery (Franz) had a leg cramp during the race, and our team score was higher as a result. But the guys will keep working to improve.?

Hillsboro boys placed eighth as a team in the 15-team field with 164 points, with Hesston winning the title with 87.

Also running for Hillsboro were Dylan Hill (35th, 19:54), Daniel Gray (57th, 20:50), Jordan Bezdeck (59th, 20:51), JD Schmidt (63rd, 20:54) and Franz (68th, 21:02).

Jon Carey ran in the JV race and placed 83rd among 96 runners in 26:11.

Coming?The Trojans will compete Thursday in the Berean Invitational at Harvey County East Lake. Races begin at 4 p.m.

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