Sieber sees positives as cross country season ends

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The Hesston College men’s and women’s cross country teams ended its regular seasons on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the NJCAA Region VI meet, hosted by Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.). There were 15 NJCAA institutions represented at the meet.

The Hesston women finished seventh overall with 188 points, just 5 points shy of Hutchinson CC, ranked 21st in the latest NJCAA national poll. The Hesston men finished 11th overall.

Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill) and Jenae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) led the way for the Hesston women, finishing 24th (20:36) and 31st (20:59) among 89 runners. Hannah Weaver (Inola, Okla.) and Amy Repp (Valley Center, Kan.) finished in 21:21 and 21:29, respectively. 

Jacob and Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.) paced the men with finishes of 25th (26:37) and 65th (28:30). Mitchell Martin (Milford, Neb.) and Luke Ropp (Inman, Kan.) checked in at 29:02 and 29:07.

“Both teams ran their best races of the year,” said Hesston coach Gery Sieber. “This was the strongest performance yet for any Hesston College women’s team. They had the all-time best region finish and best average 5k time. The men’s team also ended on a very positive note. Every runner except one had his best performance of the year.”

The Hesston cross country teams enjoyed growth in its 3rd year of existence, with both teams receiving national rankings throughout the season.

The women’s team was ranked at four different occasions in NJCAA polls, including a program-best national ranking of 17th in September. The men’s team cracked the NJCAA top-25 poll twice this season.

“Overall, it was another good cross country season for a young program,” Sieber said. “We had plenty of young runners and I’m proud of what they accomplished.”