Two Montgomery County runners landed in the top 10 at the 2021 Carlinville Early Meet on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Loveless Park as the cross country season opened up in the area.
Hillsboro’s Sierra Compton and Litchfield’s Myka Fenton paced their respective squads and both finished in under 24 minutes for the three-mile course, with Compton nearly breaking into 22-minute territory.
The Topper junior ran a time of 23:02.36 to beat 59 of the 61 runners that started the event. The only one to go faster was Rochester’s Colleen Zeibert, who ran a 22:34.14 to help the Rockets to a team crown.
Fenton, also a junior, ran a time of 23:25.36 to finish firmly in seventh place. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place runners finished in quick succession, with just five seconds separating Fenton and Kailey Vickrey of Marquette, who finished fourth overall.
Litchfield also got a 25:44.05 from Kylee Eiting, who finished 19th overall, and a 27:53.89 from Harley Traylor, who finished 29th. Those were the only three runners available for the Purple Panthers, meaning they were two scores short of a team score.
Hillsboro would send four other runners to Carlinville with Compton and finished sixth in the standings with 147 points.
The next three Hillsboro runners came in about a minute apart as Avery Smith finished 43rd with a time of 31:22.99, Meagan White finished 47th with a time of 32:37.86 and Alexandra Kuhns finished 51st with a time of 33:21.55.
Freshman Presley Smith ran in her first high school meet as well, finishing 58th with a time of 37:13.67.
Hillsboro’s next race will be on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Southwestern, while Litchfield is off until Sept. 11, when they travel to the PORTA Invite.
August 31 at Carlinville
Carlinville Early Meet
Loveless Park - 3 Miles
Girls Team Results: 1. Rochester 44; 2. Marquette Catholic 68; 3. Gillespie 82; 4. Jerseyville 104; 5. Carlinville 107; 6. Hillsboro 147; 7. Auburn 149.
Winner: Colleen Zeibert (R) 22:34.14.
Hillsboro Results: 2. Sierra Compton 23:02.36; 43. Avery Smith 31:22.99; 47. Meagan White 32:37.86; 51. Alexandra Kuhns 33:21.55; 58. Presley Smith 37:13.67.
Litchfield Results: 7. Myka Fenton 23:26.58; 19. Kylee Eiting 25:44.05; 29. Harley Traylor 27:53.89.