Trojans make debut at Smoky Valley

Trojan sophomores Caleb Rempel (left) and Tucker Moss set their pace in the early going of the freshman-sophomore boys race Thursday at the Smoky Valley Invitational. Rempel placed 19th out of 48 runners and Moss finished 21st.The Hillsboro cross-country team made its competitive debut Thursday at the Smoky Valley Invitational.

Senior Jonathan Hiner­man paced the Trojans with a third-place finish among 23 runners in the junior-senior boys’ race. He covered the hilly 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 23 seconds.

Hillsboro had no runners in the junior-senior girls’ race, but returning state qualifier Abby Driggers placed eighth in the freshman-sophomore race with a time of 23:22, which bettered her school-record time for the 5-k distance.

In the boys’ freshman-sophomore race, Caleb Rem­pel placed 19th out of 48 finishers in 20:59, Tucker Moss was 21st in 21:15.78, Avery Unruh placed 42nd in 26:25.88 and Orin Belcha was 45th in 27:54.06.

With five boys competing, the Trojans compiled a team score of 110 points. Smoky Valley won with 13, Hesston and Sterling each had 35 and Haven scored 43.

In middle-school races, eighth-grader Caleb Diener placed third among 11 boys in 11:08.53. Jessi Dalke, finished ninth among nine finishers in the girls’ race with a time of 17:56.91.

In the seventh-grade races, Charlie Peters finished second among 19 boys in 5:45.94 and Nathan Lopez placed 17th in 7:25.06.

In the girls’ race, Emer­syn Funk placed 6th among 14 runners in 6:53.28, Kath­erine Maxfield placed 12th in 8:36.72 and Anna Jones was 13th in 9:07.97.

“It was a great first meet for our team,” said first-year coach Robert Haude. “I am very proud of the kids.”

Coming—The Trojans are scheduled to run at Wamego this Saturday. Races begin at 10 a.m.

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