For the third year in a row, Hillsboro High School will have a representative at the cross country sectional.
Following in the footsteps of Madelyn Rupert, who made it to sectionals as a freshman and sophomore the last two years, freshman Sierra Compton placed 19th overall to take the fifth and final individual qualifying spot for next Saturday's sectional in Effingham.
Compton would run a 21:05.58 at the regional in Shelbyville on Saturday, Oct. 26, to earn her spot, beating out dozens of other hopefuls. The first runner out in the individual ranks was Emma Edwards of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, who finished 22nd, approximately 18 seconds behind Compton.
In their first year with enough runners to qualify for the team ranks, Hillsboro finished ninth with 206 points, despite the absence of Riley Hemken, who was their second quickest runner behind Compton at the South Central Conference meet on Oct. 21.
Rupert would come up short on her bid for a third sectional spot, but still finished 41st overall with a time of 22:38.08. Sierra's older sister, Vanessa, would finish 47th overall with a time of 23:12.15.
Hillsboro's other scoring times came from Avery Smith and Meagan White. Smith would place 64th with a time of 25:09.37, while White was 70th with a time of 26:03.74. Claire Tester and Alecia Miller would finish just behind White in 73rd and 75th respectively, posting times of 26:51.66 and 27:48.04.
Compton will now travel to the Effingham St. Anthony Sectional at Mid-America Corvette, where they will join the qualifiers from the Shelbyville, Robinson and Tuscola regionals. The top five teams and top seven runners not on an advancing team will advance to the IHSA State Finals Meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, Nov. 9.
October 26 at Shelbyville
Class 1A Shelbyville Regional
Girls Team Results: 1. Shelbyville 61*, 2. Decatur St. Teresa 73*, 3. Litchfield 90*, 4. Auburn 117*, 5. Staunton 123*, 6. Southwestern 187*, 7. Carlinville 195*, 8. Alton Marquette 204, 9. Hillsboro 206, 10. Okaw Valley 225, 11. Cowden-Herrick 245. *Sectional Qualifier
Individual Champion: Lydia Roller (Staunton) 17:31.
Advancing Individuals: Riley Vickrey (Marquette) 18:26; Victoria Turnbaugh (Sullivan) 20:09; Kailey Vickrey (Marquette) 20:58; Katherine Kite (Sulivan) 20:58; Sierra Compton (Hillsboro) 21:05.
Hillsboro (206) - 19. Sierra Compton 21:05.58; 41. Madelyn Rupert 22:38.08; 47. Vanessa Compton 23:12.15; 64. Avery Smith 25:09.37; 70. Meagan White 26:03.74; 73. Claire Tester 26:51.66; 75. Alecia Miller 27:48.04.