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Freshman sensation Haas runs to top-10 finish at Blackhawks Invite
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Adriana Reese leads the Tigers girls runners over the first hill at the Westby Invitational last week. - photo by Nate Beier photo/

SPRING GREEN—Saturday morning the Hillsboro cross country teams traveled to Spring Green for the Annual River Valley Blackhawks Invitational.

Freshman Annie Haas continued to impress in her first varsity season, finishing ninth in out of 102 runners in the small schools varsity race.

Haas earned her top-10 finish with a 5,000-meter time of 21:16.

Senior Adriana Reese finished 41st at 23:19, and freshman Sam Hora made a big leap as Hillsboro’s third runner to finish 51st at 23:59.

Senior Shauna Parish placed 61st in 24:30 and junior Destiny Shore finished 64th at 24:44.

The Hillsboro girls scored 205 points and placed 9th out of 14 scoring teams in the smalls schools division. Boscobel won the girls’ team title with 76 points.

Darlington  (46) held off Albany (77) and Boscobel (81) to win the boys’ team title.

Sophomore Zach O’Hair led the  Tigers boys with a 49th place finish (19:30). Senior Avery Rueckheim was the second Hillsboro runner, finishing 59th at 19:52.

“Sam Hora played a big role in team scoring for us as our third runner,” said Hillsboro head coach Ben Leis. “Kelly Parish who continues to cut time week in and week out. On the guys side they every single one cut time. I can’t single anyone out because if I mention one I would have to mention them all. All in all, it was a good day.”

Despite the recent progress made by the Tigers, coach Leis knows his team still has plenty of work to do before the conference championships at New Lisbon on Oct. 16.

“Both teams have their work cut out for them when it comes to the conference meet, whether it’s team wise or trying to crack the top ten to make all conference individually,” said Leis.

Last Tuesday Hillsboro ran at the Westby Snowflake Invitational. Complete results of the meet were unavailable.

Hillsboro will return to action Saturday at the Brookwood Invitational before participating in the Holmen Invitational on Tuesday.