The Trojans cross-country team met hard competition Thursday at the Central Kansas League meet in Lyons.
“Unfortunately none of our high school runners placed in the top 15, which is what it took to medal and be designated all-league,” coach Stuart Holmes said. “Abby Driggers and Tucker Moss had some of the strongest races.”
Driggers finished 28th in the girls’ race at 24 minutes, 44 seconds.
Moss finished in 53rd in the boys’ race at 22:38, Tristan Donaldson finished in 56th at 22:38, and Samuel Damon finished in 58th at 24:07.
Jonathan Hinerman finished in 23rd in the boys’ race at 19:12. However, Holmes said it wasn’t Hinerman’s usual performance.
“Honestly, Jonathan did not have his best day,” Holmes said. “I would expect he will be extra determined and focused to run well at regionals.”
Allison Maxfield was 11th in the girls’ junior-varsity race at 30:52.
Millie Sechrist was 9th in a girls’ eighth-grade race at 17:51. Jessi Dalke did not finish.
Caleb Diener won the seventh-grade boys’ race at 6:00 to become the league champion. Holmes said Diener was the highlight of the day.
“Caleb once again competed with a determined attitude,” Holmes said. “He ran aggressive at the start and took the lead, but was also patient enough when another good runner passed him after the halfway point to just stay close behind him and be ready to out-kick him.
“Caleb used his conditioning and speed to press the pace even faster with 300 yards to go and shifted into an even higher gear with 150 yards from the finish to take the lead and win. It was an exciting race and Caleb turned in an outstanding effort.”