Veteran Hesston College Cross Country Coach Gerry Sieber is eager to begin a new year for the Larks. Since Cross Country’s reintroduction in 2010, Sieber has built a successful program that has produced some of the best student athletes on the Hesston campus. Last year, both the men’s and women’s program finished in the top two of the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association academic team standings, with the women earning a national-best 3.915 team grade point average.
“Our team is excited about the challenges of a new season,” Sieber said. “There’s a good core of sophomores who are solid runners and great people. They’ll provide great experience and leadership for our team.”
The women’s team, led by returners Hannah Weaver, Inola, Okla.; Amy Repp, Valley Center, Kan.; and Sierra Wyse, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, provides good leadership for the roster of seven.
“If our women stay healthy and run to their potential, I’m optimistic they may be able to compete as well as last year’s nationally-ranked team,” Sieber said.
The 2013 schedule includes six regular season meets, including four within 50 miles of the Hesston campus. Another highlight of the season will be the program’s annual fall break trip to Colorado, offering Hesston runners the opportunity for altitude training, team building and sightseeing.
“After running hundreds of miles on the flat prairie of Kansas throughout the early fall, running in the mountains offers a welcome contrast,” Sieber said. “I know our students will benefit from this trip.”