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.

Written By
More from Don Ratzlaff
Sechrist paces HHS at Hesston
The Hillsboro track and field team picked up three gold medals Friday...
Read More