It has been a while since the Lady Hiltoppers had been at the South Central Conference cross country meet, but the nine Hillsboro girls who made the trip to Brighton on Monday, Oct. 21, made up for lost time.
In their return to the conference meet, the Lady Hiltoppers finished fifth out of the six full teams who competed at Schneider Park with 119 points, just five points behind Carlinville for fourth. Roxana would take the top spot with 30 points as they repeated as girls and boys champs.
Two Hillsboro runners would finish in the top 20 at the meet. Sierra Compton ran a 23:31 to finish in 18th, just 66 seconds from a spot on the all-conference list, while Riley Hemken finished 19th, just 15 seconds behind her teammate with a 23:46.
Vanessa Compton would add in a 24:31 for the Toppers as she finished 24th, while Madelyn Rupert was 27th with a time of 24:52. Meagan White and Avery Smith would both finish in the 30s, with White running a 26:02 to finish 34th and Smith running a 26:31 to finish 38th.
Claire Tester, Alecia Miller and Jade Christian also ran for Hillsboro, placing 43rd, 47th and 51st. Tester would run a 27:25, while Miller and Christian ran times of 28:14 and 29:08 respectively.
The Hillsboro girls will be in Shelbyville on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. for the Shelbyville Regional at Shelbyville Forest Park.
October 21 at Brighton
South Central Conference
Cross Country Meet
at Schneider Park - 3.1 miles
Girls Team Results: 1. Roxana 30, 2. Staunton 56, 3. Litchfield 68, 4. Carlinville 114, 5. Hillsboro 119, 6. Southwestern 143.
Girls All-Conference: 1. Lydia Roller (Staunton) 18:17; 2. Janelynn Wirth (Roxana) 19:08; 3. Caroline Quarton (Litchfield) 20:42; 4. Jennifer Palen (Roxana) 21:10; 5. Riley Doyle (Roxana) 21:20; 6. Morgan Carrino (Carlinville) 21:54; 7. Zoey Losch (Roxana) 22:03; 8. Brooke Kinder (Staunton) 22:04; 9. Mackenzie Fisher (Staunton) 22:07; 10. Kylee Eiting (Litchfield) 22:25.
Hillsboro Results: 18. Sierra Compton 23:31; 19. Riley Hemken 23:46; 24. Vanessa Compton 24:31; 27. Madelyn Rupert 24:52; 34. Meagan White 26:02; 38. Avery Smith 26:31; 43. Claire Tester 27:25; 47. Alecia Miller 28:14; 51. Jade Christian 29:08.