Sechrist breaks own school record

Hillsboro senior Emily Sechrist broke her school record and the course record by winning the Sterling Cross-Country Invitational Thursday in a time of 14 minutes, 36.75 seconds.

Sechrist?s previous school record was 14:40 set last year at Hesston. The previous course record was 15:11.

Sechrist battled Cen?tral Kansas League rival Halle Helfrich of Pratt?as well as rain?throughout the 4-kilometer route before pulling away in the final mile to win by just over 8 seconds.

The third-place runner finished more than a minute behind the duo.

?Emily ran a tremendous race and really put the hammer down in the last mile,? coach Stuart Holmes said.

Karyn Leihy also medaled in the race, finishing 15th among 57 runners in 17:18.50.

?Karyn ran an awesome race in the rain and was able to run her fastest time of the season with her determined effort,? Holmes said.

In the junior varsity races, Lydia Kliewer placed second in a field of 12 girls with a time of 19:58.74. Jon Carey (22:03.32) and Tristan Donald?son (22:07.96) placed 12th and 13th, respectively, among the 27 runners in the in the 5-k JV boys? race.

In middle school races, Millie Sechrist set the seventh-grade school record with a time of 6:44.19 over 1,600 meters. Trinity Marler placed fifth (7:03) and Sarah Schafers sixth (7:04) in a field of 14 runners.

In the eighth-grade 3,200, Abby Driggers lowered her school record to 14:49.94, placing eighth among 19 runners.

Coming?The Trojans will compete Thursday at the CKL race in Nickerson. Races start at 4:30 p.m.

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