Athletics news

Women’s cross country runs at nationals

The women’s cross country team competed at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship meet, Nov. 12, in El Dorado, Kan., finishing 29th of 37 teams. “It was a great ending for the women after the rigors and challenges of their three-month cross country journey, including the 750 miles they’ve run, endless hours of training, injury and competitive challenges,” said coach Gerry Sieber. Sierra Broce ’18 (Goddard, Kan.) (pictured) finished as Hesston’s number one runner, placing 127th overall with a time of 20:49. Team co-captain, Renee Buckwalter ’17 (Wellman, Iowa), came in second to Broce with her best time of the year, 21:14. Sadie Winter ’18 (Newton, Kan.), Katelyn Kilmer ’18 (Goshen, Ind.), Savannah Bontrager ’18 (Milford, Neb.) and Eva Dwyer ’17 (Goshen, Ind.) followed.

men's soccer action photoMen’s soccer records most wins since 2011

Under the leadership of first-year coach Matt Gerlach, the men’s soccer team finished its 2016 campaign with a 5-12-1 record, the most wins for the program over the last five years. The Larks ended their season with a 2-0 win over McPherson (Kan.) College JV during the last home game, which also included recognition for the sophomores. “These sophomores have fought for the program and worked for everything they have,” said Gerlach. “They deserved to be sent off the right way, and we were able to accomplish that.”

volleyball action photoVolleyball drops playoff game to end season

In a year of transition, Lark Volleyball ended the season Nov. 5 with a nearly split record of 14-16 under first-year head coach DeeDee (Martin) ’02 Landes. The final loss came in the district semifinal round to top seeded Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. The Larks looked to Kortney Cunningham ’17 (Almena, Kan.) (pictured) as a leader during the season. Mid-way through the season, Cunningham was ranked in the top 10 among region leaders for blocks per set.