Trojans run at Wamego Invitational

Dakota Spencer eyes the ball during the second half against Dordt Saturday. Spencer scored both goals in a 2-0 Tabor victory. She also scored the Bluejays’ only goal in a 3-1 loss to USAO earlier in the week.Hillsboro’s cross-country team participated in the competitive Wamego Invitational on Saturday.

Sophomore Abby Drig­gers, the only Trojan to run in a varsity race, placed 58th among 105 finishers with a time of 25 minutes, 4 seconds over the 5-kilometer course.

“Abby had a very strong second half of her race,” coach Robert Haude said. “She competed hard and finished with a respectable time.”

Four Trojans ran in the junior varsity boys’ race. Caleb Rempel led the way, finishing 17th in 20 minutes, 54.1 seconds. Moss Tucker placed 64th in 22:34, Avery Unruh was 130th in 25:18, and Orin Blech 149th in 26:49 in a field of 174 runners.

“Caleb improved his time by more than 2 minutes,” Haude said. “He ran a tough race, which I think will propel him forward in the next couple weeks to continue to run with the confidence he ran with at Wamego.

“The other three boys also ran great races. I was proud that they were aggression on a course full of hills.”

Millie Sechrist placed 48th among 80 runners in the JV girls’ race with a time of 28:18.

“Millie ran a tough race,” Haude said. “She looked strong throughout her entire race. She used the hills to her advantage, attacking the downhill portions and maintaining good pace on the uphill portion. Millie had a very strong finish to complete her that was full of grit and determination.”

Haude said he was proud of his team’s effort.

“In a meet that showcased some of the best runners in the state, our runners were able to run their race and compete with courage and determination,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity for these runners to get a taste of what this course looks like this year as they will run on this course again at the state meet.”

Coming—The Trojans were scheduled to run at the Centre Invitational Sept. 13 at Herington.

Their next competition will be Sept. 20 at Southeast of Saline with races scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

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