Hesston College women’s cross country adds two recruits

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Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announced the signings of two athletes for the fall of 2012. The newest Larks include Northwood High (Nappanee, Ind.) senior Rebecca Slabaugh and Bradford Christian School (Inola, Okla.) senior Hannah Weaver.

Slabaugh, Nappanee High’s Most Improved Runner in 2008 and 2010, was a key member of the girls cross country team that went to the semi-state tournament in 2010.

A Scholar Athlete in both cross country and track, Slabaugh is a Principal’s Honor Roll member and plans to study nursing at Hesston. She is president of her youth group and is an active member of the praise team at North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee.

“I’m excited about Becca’s decision to join our cross country program,” Sieber said. “She has an infectious spirit that will serve our team well. I look forward to her gifts of inclusiveness, joy and caring for our team.”

Slabaugh is the daughter of Bruce and Sandy Slabaugh, Nappanee.

Weaver, a 4.0 student throughout her time at Bradford Christian, will study pre-medicine at Hesston. She is active in the praise and worship team, bell choir and choir at Eden Mennonite Church in Inola. 

“Hannah attended a small, private high school that did not offer any varsity sports; but she has been an avid recreational runner for several years,” Sieber said. “I’m confident that her prior running experience, which has not burned her out as so often is the case for graduating high school athletes, will leave her mentally and physically ready for running in college. Hannah is a fine, well-rounded young lady who will blossom in college.”

Weaver is the daughter of Ken and Linda Weaver, both Hesston College graduates, of Inola.