Hillsboro runners in midst of rebuilding cross country squad

Hillsboro’s cross country team is in the middle of a rebuilding season. With numbers down from an average of about 50 runners to just 30 runners this year, both the boys and girls teams have an uphill battle ahead of them to stay competitive.

“We’ve got a rebuilding year a little bit,” Hillsboro coach Bill Kaemmer said. “The girls are kind of mid-pack in the conference and the boys are near the bottom of the conference. Time-wise they just aren’t there. On the guys side we don’t have any front runners, so we’re kind of battling.”

Part of the struggle for Kaemmer is trying to convince his runners that in order to be successful they need to stay in shape year-round.

“The biggest key is to get people not to be a runner year round, but to train year round,” Kaemmer said. “If you’re going to be a good distance runner you have to stay in constant training. Where we are maturity wise, they haven’t figured out that it’s a long process.”

One Spartan runner who has gotten the message loud and clear is Lauren Lykins. Now a junior, Lykins has been Hillsboro’s top runner since her freshman year. This summer, though, Kaemmer estimates that Lykins logged 350-400 miles in preparation for the season.

“She’s been our top runner since she’s been a freshman, but this year she came back with a little more goals in mind,” Kaemmer says.

Lykins has been performing extremely well throughout the season. In the Night Meet she took 11th place in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:48. She then took 16th place at the New Balance Festival of Champions with a time of 21:98.

In Hillsboro’s double-dual meet with McMinnville and Tualatin, Lykins took second place with a time of 20:49. She then took first place in Hillsboro’s meet at Century on Sept. 26, coming in with a time of 21:04.

Kaemmer expects Lykins to finish off her junior season strong and be even better her senior season.

“She should make it individually to state and battle for one of the top runners in our conference,” Kaemmer says. “And she is setting herself up for a pretty good senior year.”

Although it is a rebuilding year, with Lykins on the squad and the rest of the runners improving, Kaemmer is hopeful that Hillsboro will be more competitive in future years.

“As far as where the (team) has come from last year, everybody is improving and they’re working harder than ever,” Kaemmer says. “As far as competing in the conference, we’re probably a year or two away.”


Hillsboro has had a rough season thus far. The Spartans are 0-5 and 0-3 in league play, leaving them tied for last place in the conference.

Not only has Hillsboro failed to win a game, it has only been competitive in one game this season, a 13-6 loss to McNary in Week 2. The Spartans’ other losses have been blowouts.

Hillsboro opened the season with a 51-13 loss to Reynolds. In Week 3 the Spartans lost 66-6 against Century. Hillsboro then lost 41-0 against Tualatin and 50-7 against Glencoe.

Boys Soccer

Hillsboro’s boys soccer team has been competitive throughout its non-league schedule.

The Spartans (4-2-1) opened the season with back-to-back losses. The scores were close, though. Hillsboro fell to Sunset 3-1 and then lost to Liberty 1-0. Since then, though, Hillsboro has not lost. They defeated Beaverton 2-1 and North Salem 4-2.

The Spartan’s offense exploded against Sandy and the defense held firm in an 8-1 victory. Hillsboro then defeated Parkrose 4-0. Against Grant, Hillsboro earned its first draw of the season, finishing the match with a 1-1 result.

Girls Soccer

The Spartan’s girls soccer team has been playing well throughout the season. In compiling a 5-2 record, the Hillsboro offense has proven to be the strength of the side. In seven matches, the Spartans have scored 23 goals. The defense has been solid as well, holding opponents to 10 goals.

The Spartans began the season with three consecutive wins. They defeated McNary 5-1, Liberty 3-2 and The Dalles Wahtonka 4-1. Hillsboro’s offense was then held in check by Lake Oswego. Though the defense was efficient, Hillsboro fell to the Lakers 2-1.

The Spartans then bounced back with two wins. They defeated Franklin 3-1 before their most impressive win of the season when they rolled over Madison 7-0.

Hillsboro was unable to ride the momentum from that victory, though. The Spartans were defeated for the second time this season 3-0 against Lincoln.


Things have not been going well for the Hillsboro volleyball team this season. The Spartans are 0-10 overall and 0-8 in league.

Hillsboro fell 3-0 against Century, 3-0 against Tualatin, 2-0 against South Albany, 3-0 against Glencoe, 3-0 against McMinnville, 2-0 against Blanchet Catholic, 3-0 against Tigard, 3-0 against Forest Grove, 3-0 against Newberg, 3-0 against Century, 3-0 against Tualatin and 3-0 against Century.

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