Trojan cross-country boys place sixth at SES

Running on an unintentionally shortened course, the Hillsboro High cross-country team placed sixth among 16 schools at the Southeast of Saline Invitational last Tuesday, Sept. 22. The Trojans accumulated 163 points to trail a Berean Academy squad that ran away with the title with 59. Hesston was a distant second with 123.

Nathan Vogel led the Trojans, finishing 16th in 16 minutes, 41 seconds on a 5-K course that came up short when the lead vehicle took a wrong turn.

Jonathan King joined Vogel as an individual medalist by placing 25th (17:09) in the field of 107 runners.

?Both of these seniors are doing an excellent job of preparing mentally for each race, so they are ready to persevere through the tough second half of the race when everyone is tired,? coach Stuart Holmes said.

?The competition was excellent and it was a nice, cool day to run, with very little wind. Unfortunately, the…times are not valid for personal records,?

Also running for the Trojans were Bret Mueller (29th, 17:15), Josh Richert (47th, 17:42), Dimitri McClelland (48th, 17:43) and Justin King (63rd, 19:29).

Samantha Ens placed 52nd among 76 runners in the girls? 4-K race with a time of 19:17.

In the boys? junior varsity race, Michael Christian placed 11th in 19:05. He was followed by Daniel Gray (26th, 20:10).

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

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