Sechrist wins 3rd CKL league title

Karyn Leihy placed ninth at the CKL meet Thursday in 17:58.8. Phyllis Richert PhotoEmily Sechrist won her third consecutive Central Kansas League championship and teammate Karyn Leihy earned all-league status for the third straight year at the meet hosted Thursday by Nicker?son.

Sechrist finished the 4-kilometer girls? course in 15 minutes, 15.8 seconds, outdistancing her closest rival, Halle Helfrich of Pratt, by 44 seconds. Leihy crossed the finish line in 17:58.8 to finish ninth.

?Our senior girls ran especially great races again,? said coach Stuart Holmes. ?Both are running well as we look forward to regionals on Saturday.?

Lydia Kliewer earned a medal in the junior varsity race, placing second among six runners in 20:21.1.

For the first time in recent memory, Hillsboro did not have a runner in the boys? 5-k varsity race.

?Unfortunately, Jonathan (Hinerman) has been sick too much the last couple of weeks, and though he is getting better, he was not over his illness enough at league, so he sat out in order to run better at regionals,? Holmes said.

Tristan Donaldson placed 16th out of 36 boys in the junior varsity race with a time of 23:14.6.

In middle school races, Trinity Marler placed third (7:19.4) and Mille Sechrist fourth (7:21.3) among 12 runners in the seventh-grade girls 1 mile. Abby Driggers finished eighth among 14 girls in the eighth-grade 2-mile with a time of 15:47.4.

Coming?The Trojans will compete in the regional races at Lake Afton Satur?day. The girls will run at 2 p.m. and the boys at 3 p.m.

Joining Hillsboro in the field are Anthony-Harper-Chaparral, Belle Plaine, Cheney, Douglass, Garden Plain, Halstead, Haven, Hesston, Hutchinson Trinity, Marion, Sedgwick, Reming?ton, Wichita Collegiate and Wichita Independent.

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