Hillsboro High School cross-country runner Emily Sechrist continued what head coach Stuart Holmes called a “stellar season,” winning the Berean Academy meet Thursday at Harvey County Lake.
Warm and windy conditions contributed to slower times for most athletes, but Holmes was happy with how his runners battled for placement rather than time.
“I was pleased with how our athletes were all mentally prepared and competed really hard,” he said.
In addition to Sechrist’s first-place finish, Karyn Leihy placed 13th in the varsity girls race.
“She was right with some of the key competitors that we will face at regionals that had beaten her by 30 seconds at Southeast of Saline,” Holmes said. “It was a good sign that she is improving faster than many others, which will help her be even more competitive in the final races of the season.”
The cross-country teams will run again at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Sterling.