Three members of the Hillsboro cross-country team qualified for state Saturday by finishing among the top 10 finishers in the Class 2A regional race at Sugar Valley Golf Course near Mound City.
To no one?s surprise, junior Emily Sechrist qualified for the trip to Wamego next Saturday, but the Trojan junior did so by outrunning her closest rival by 51 seconds to claim the individual title. Sechrist nearly broke the 15-minute mark for the second week in a row, finishing the 4-kilometer route in 15:01.
Also qualifying for Hills?boro was junior Karyn Leihy, who placed ninth in 16:42.
Qualifying for the boys was senior Avery Franz, who finished 10th in the boys? 5-k race in 18:36.
?Emily continued her stellar season with another win, as expected,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?But the big question coming in was whether Karyn and Avery would qualify. Both we thought could, but they were close to being on the bubble and needed to run well.
?Both ran excellent races, setting (personal records) to earn their way to state,? he added. ?Avery even had a terrific sprinting finish to hold off, by a foot, another runner that was sprinting.?
Leihy became only the second Trojan female to qualify for state in cross country in the history of the Trojan program. Franz, now a senior, had qualified for state his freshman season.
Also running for Hills?boro were Lydia Kliewer, who placed 30th among 41 girls in 19:30. In the boys? race, freshman Jona?than Hinerman placed 16th among 45 runners in 19:30 and Tristan Donaldson was 42nd in 24:22.
Coming?The Class 2A girls state race will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wamego Country Club. The 2A boys will run at 12:30 p.m.