Sechrist wins at Berean; Leihy 11th

Sechrist heads for another victory<P><P>Hillsboro High School standout Emily Sechrist leads Hesston rival Mikala Heddin late in the race on the way to another cross-country victory, this time at the Berean Academy Invitational held Thursday at Harvey County East Lake.    Don Ratzlaff / Free PressThe Hillsboro cross-country team placed two girls among the top 11 finishers at the Berean Academy meet Thursday at Harvey County East Lake.

Emily Sechrist remained unbeaten against Kansas competition by outpacing a field of 39 other runners in the 4-kilometer race with a time of 16 minutes, 3.2 seconds. Karyn Leihy crossed the finish line in 11th place in 18:12.6.

Sechrist finished with a 31-second margin over runner-up Mikala Heddin of Hesston.

In the boys? 5-k varsity race, Jonathan Hinerman placed ninth among 44 runners in 18:50.3.

In junior varsity races, Lydia Kliewer placed fourth among 22 girls in 20:38 and Tristan Donaldson finished 22nd among 46 boys in 22:18.3.

The Berean meet also offered races for middle school runners. Trinity Marler (7:30.9), Millie Sechrist (7:36.8) and Sarah Shafers (7:54.4) placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the field of five seventh-grade girls; and Abby Driggers (15:41.9) placed third among four runners in the eighth-grade race.

?Overall, it was the team?s best performance of the year as eight of our nine runners medaled, which is outstanding,? coach Stuart Holmes said.

?All the runners are improving and competing hard, which is a credit to each individual as well as our senior leaders, Emily Sechrist, Karyn Leihy and Jon Carey.?

Coming?The Trojans will run at Sterling Thurs?day. Races begin at 4:30 p.m.

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