Hillsboro High School cross-country had four runners earn all-league honors at the Central Kansas League meet Thursday at Lindsborg. The top 15 runners in the varsity races were the all-league selections.
Sophomore Emily Sechrist won the girls’ 4-kilometer race with a time of 15 minutes, 53.10 seconds — 17 seconds ahead of second place. Sophomore Karyn Leihy joined her in the top 10 with an eighth-place time of 17:41.89.
Senior Josh Richert placed second in the boys’ 5-kilometer race with a time of 18:17.52.
“It was great to see Josh continue to have an excellent season in his senior year as being runner-up at league is a notable accomplishment,” coach Stuart Holmes said.
Junior Avery Franz placed 14th with a time of 19:33.02.
“Smoky Valley’s course is fairly hilly and not as fast as the last two meets have been, so today we weren’t concerned with time but just place,” Holmes said. “Everyone’s effort was there and people ran well, but the course made the times slower.
“It was the first year to earn all-league for Karyn and Avery, so I was really glad to see their hard work pay off with achieving one of their goals for the season,” he said.
Also running in the boys’ varsity race were seniors Jordan Bezdek in 21st place, 20:32.05, and Daniel Gravy, 42nd, 23:38.50.
In the girls’ junior-varsity race, junior Erin Wiebe finished third with a time of 21:56; freshman Mary Leihy, fourth, 22:09; and junior Morganne Hamm, sixth, 23:35.
Regional cross-country will be Saturday at Southeast of Saline High School, rural Gypsum. The girls’ race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and the boys’ race is scheduled to begin at 11:30.
“Our regional will be tough, like it always is, but our team is geared to run our best at the end of the season so our kids will be ready to compete,” Holmes said.