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Freshmen sets new school record in cross country

Freshman Emily Secrhist set a new Hillsboro High School cross-country record with a time of 16 minutes, 23.29 seconds, to finish third Saturday at the Wamego Cross Country invitational.

It was Sechrist’s first high school race.

“Lowering the school record from the 17:25 that Karyn ran last week was impressive,” head coach Stuart Holmes said.

Fellow freshman Karyn Leihy finished 11th with a time of 17:32.

“Normally the large amount of big hills at Wamego reduces runners’ time by around 45 seconds, but she was only 7 seconds slower.”

The Trojan boys cross-country team finished seventh Saturday out of 14 teams at the Wamego Cross Country Invitational.

“It was another outstanding day for the team as the kids competed with great perseverance on the tough, hilly course,” Holmes said.

Bret Mueller placed 17th with a time of 19:01.28 and Josh Richert finished 25th with a time of 19:38.18.

“It was great to have both Bret and Josh continue to run well enough to medal,” Holmes said.

Avery Franz finished 41st with a time of 20:27.76.

“Avery just missed a medal by one place,” Holmes said.

Daniel Gray finished 48th with a time of 20:42.

“Continuing to show significant improvement was Daniel as he finished only 15 seconds behind Avery to give the team a good solid fourth runner,” Holmes said.

Freshman Dylan Hill finished 57th with a time of 21:08.99 and J.D. Schmidt rounded out the Trojan effort with an 84th place finish, 23:08.56.

Last modified Sept. 14, 2011

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