Runners have an off week
After consecutive back-to-back team victories, Marion cross-county struggled a bit Thurs day in Halstead, placing fifth place out of 16 schools scored.
Boys medal winners were Gavin Wasmuth in 10th; Eli Klenda, 16th; and Luke Wessel, 17th.
“We struggled today, and our times were not what we were striving for, but we will regroup and come back ready next week,” coach Jason Hett said.
A total of 109 runners were in the varsity boys race.
“This group was not satisfied with our results,” Hett said.
Marion will travel to North Newton on Thursday in hopes of bouncing back.
Kaitlynn Bina finished 18th Thursday at Halstead’s Wedge- wood Golf Course with a time of 23:05. Michael Herrera fin- ished 106th with a time of 26:58.
Centre runners are sched- uled to compete Thursday in a Goessel meeting on the Bethel cross-country course.
Hillsboro’s girls placed fourth out of six schools Thurs- day at the Berean Academy.
Leading the Trojans were Riley Richert in seventh and Quinlyn Funk in eighth.Trudy Hein, Nora Hein, Jaidyn Frantz, and Grace Hein finished 5th, 46th, 48th, and 53rd.
On the boys side, Casen Steinert took 53rd place, and Ben Werner placed 56th.
Hillsboro will hit the road on Thursday to run in Ster- ling.
Goessel’s cross-country team competed in 94 degree heat Thursday at Harvey Coun- ty East Park. Finishing the race for the boys was Eli Gaeddert in 25th place and Aidan Imp- son came in 34th.
For the girls, Delaney Gib- son captured 25th place, Chey- enne Sawyer, 41st, and Braylyn Hoopes, 51st. Exchange student Finnja Kula placed 7th place in a junior varsity race.
Goessel will be host for a meet Thursday at Bethel Col- lege.