Strong cross county team in Hillsboro this fall

Front: Millie Sechrist, Tucker Moss. Middle: Jason Latham, Caleb Kliewer, Orin Blecha. Back: Caleb Diener, Tristan Reed.
Front: Millie Sechrist, Tucker Moss. Middle: Jason Latham, Caleb Kliewer, Orin Blecha. Back: Caleb Diener, Tristan Reed.
In Kodi Panzer’s first season as Hillsboro cross country coach, the team is getting some new practice techniques that could lead to team and individual improvement.

“We have a combination of veterans and new runners, as well as great team leadership from all classes, to help us reach these goals,” Panzer said. “They’ve all shown determination and hard work in our progressive training plan leading up to our first meet to hit our team and individual goals.”

Leading the team should be sophomore Tristan Reed, who finished 37th overall at state last year, along with senior Tucker Moss, sophomore Caleb Diener, and freshman Emersyn Funk.

“Overall, our team numbers are low, especially in the girls division, with only having two at the high school level for the first part of the season,” Panzer said.

Despite that, Panzer said the kids who are running are adapting to the new training methods and learning new ways to incorporate hill workouts into the program.

“They have conquered these new workouts with ease and are pushing themselves harder each day to improve,” Panzer said.