Two former Hesston College graduates and men’s cross country runners, Jacob Landis (Sterling, Ill.) and Ryan Gehman (Millersville, Pa.), finished their seasons by competing in the NCAA Div. III cross country championships held Nov. 22 at Kings Island Golf Center, Mason, Ohio. Landis and Gehman both represented Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., in the men’s 8K race.
Landis, Hesston’s Student Athlete of the Year in 2013, finished 216th overall with a time of 26:03.6 (5:14.6 mile average) while Gehman finished in 26:15.8 (5:17.01 average), good for 237th overall.
Hesston College men’s cross country runners Muoch Keak (Lincoln, Neb.) and Ryan Dungan (Wichita, Kan.) competed well in the NJCAA Div. I men’s cross country national championships Saturday, Nov. 8 at Shadow Hills Golf Course, Lubbock, Texas.
Keak, a freshman, finished 113th among 256 runners with a time of 27.59 in the 8K race. Sophomore Dungan closed a solid Hesston career with a time of 28.22 – good for 134th. Iowa Central CC captured the national championship.
“Muoch and Ryan had good seasons,” said head coach Gerry Sieber. “Ryan improved significantly from last year and provided excellent leadership for his team. Muoch ran well for a freshman and will undoubtedly improve next year. They represented our team and school very well.”
The Hesston College men’s cross country competed well in the Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18.
The Larks, led by a pair of top-five runners, enjoyed a second place finish. Freshman Muoch Keak (Lincoln, Neb.) placed fourth overall in the men’s 8K with a 27:18.32. Right behind was sophomore teammate Ryan Dungan (Kechi, Kan.) with a 27:38.9.
Freshman Bryce Nitzsche (Lincoln, Neb.) placed tenth overall with a 28:32.09. 42 runners competed in the Invitational, won by Ottawa (Kan.) University.
Hesston now looks to the Oct. 25 Region VI meet hosted by Colby (Kan.) CC.
Hesston College men’s cross country runner Mouch Keak (Lincoln, Neb.) finished 13th among 88 runners with a time of 27:58.2 in the Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Romp the Ridge men’s 8K race Saturday, Sept. 13. Finishing 18th overall was sophomore Ryan Dungan (Wichita, Kan.) with a 28:22.8.
The average time for the Larks was 29:37.0. Hesston finished seventh out of eight schools at the event, which included NJCAA, NAIA and NCAA competition.
The Larks run at the Tabor College Invitational (Marion Reservoir)at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Jonathan Gonzalez, a senior at Goshen (Ind.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks 2014 recruiting class. Gonzalez will join the Larks at the semester break.
In addition to cross country, Gonzalez competed in track and field for Goshen High. A Scholar Athlete and High Honor Roll student, Gonzalez will study disaster management at Hesston.
“Jonathan is a class act,” Sieber said. “He has an extensive background in distance running and a good work ethic. I look forward to his contributions to our cross country team.”
Gonzalez is the son of Dalia Gonzalez and Fidel Arreola, both of Goshen.
Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Austin Braddock, a senior from Bethel Christian Academy, Ottawa, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks program.
A two-time President’s Education Award winner at Bethel Academy, Braddock will study disaster management at Hesston.
“Austin’s small private high school does not have a cross country team but I expect that Austin’s active recreational lifestyle will help him adapt to the challenges of formal distance running,” Sieber said. “Austin brings a friendly, can-do attitude to our cross country family.”
Braddock attends New Life Assembly of God and First United Methodist Church, both in Baldwin City. He is the son of Scott and Lana Braddock, Baldwin City.
Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Bryce Nitzsche, a senior at Lincoln (Neb.) East High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.
Throughout his cross country career at Lincoln East High, Nitzsche was named Spartan Rookie Runner of the Year (2010), Most Improved Runner of the Year (2011), Runner of the Year (2012) and Sertoma Award Winner in 2013.
A National Honor Society member and Honor Roll student, Nitzsche will study business finance at Hesston.
“Bryce is a complete package,” Sieber said. “He’s a good athlete, an outstanding student and a quality person. I’m looking forward to Bryce’s leadership for our cross country family.”
Nitzsche is the son of Dave and Sheri Nitzsche, Lincoln. He attends First Mennonite Church, Lincoln.
Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Jared Hague, a senior at Marion (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.
A three-sport athlete at Marion High, Hague participated in cross country, basketball and golf. He was a key part of the 2012 Marion High team that advanced to the state meet.
“Jared is a well-rounded recruit for our team,” Sieber said. “He’s a good athlete, an outstanding student and quality person. He’ll be a welcome addition to our cross country family.”
A High Honor Roll student and National Honor Society member, Hauge will study science at Hesston.
Hague is the son of Dan and Tina Hague, Marion. He attends Aulne United Methodist Church, Marion.
The 2013 Hesston College men’s and women’s cross country teams were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements this past fall. According to the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association, both Hesston programs finished in the top twenty of the national academic team standings.
Hesston’s men’s program recorded an impressive 3.534 team mark, good for eighth nationally. The women’s program finished 19th in the country with a 3.367 average. Sophomore Mitchell Martin (Milford, Neb.) received Academic All-American status and led both programs with a 4.0 grade point average. Receiving Academic All-American recognition on the women’s team are sophomores Sierra Wyse (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) and Hannah Weaver (Inola, Okla.).
“I continue to be impressed with Hesston College students, and in particular my cross country runners, with how much they accomplish,” said Hesston cross country coach Gerry Sieber. “Despite having so much else going on in their lives they have the discipline, time management and organizational skills to take care of business in the classroom. That’s the Hesston Experience – well rounded, well educated, well prepared and self-assured students who are prepared for their next step.”
Hesston College men’s cross country runner Josh Landis, Sterling, Ill., wrapped up his Hesston running career by competing in the NJCAA national meet on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Landis represented Hesston well in the prestigious event that included 298 runners.
Landis’ time of 28:22.7 in the men’s 8k equaled a 5:43 average mile. good for a 135th place finish. Harry Mulenga of Central Arizona CC, Coolidge, Ariz., won the event with an impressive 24:39.5. Mulenga was the only runner to average less than a five-minute mile (4:58).
Josh Landis, Sterling, Ill., a sophomore on the Hesston College men’s cross country team, will represent the Larks in the upcoming NJCAA Division I national meet Nov. 9 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Hosted by Iowa Central Community College, the meet attracts the top men’s junior college runners from across the nation.
“Josh has run well this year and has consistently been our number one runner,” said Hesston cross country coach Gerry Sieber. “He’s had a nice career at Hesston and has earned the right to compete at the national tournament.”
The men’s 8K, held at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, begins at 11 a.m.
The Hesston College men’s cross country team finished 10th among 13 schools at the Region VI championship meet, held Monday, Oct. 28 in Hutchinson, Kan.
Sophomore Mitchell Martin (Milford, Neb.) paced the Larks with a time of 29:04.2 in the 8k, good for 51st out of 114 runners. Freshman Ryan Dungan’s (Wichita, Kan.) 29:32.1 placed him 59th overall. Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.) was 68th with a time of 30:10.4 while Jason Oyer (Hubbard, Ore.) posted a 30:23.5, good for 72nd.
Hesston edged Butler CC (El Dorado, Kan.), Barton CC (Great Bend, Kan.) and Dodge City (Kan.) CC in final team standings. Colby (Kan.) CC won the event easily after its top five runners all recorded top-10 times.
The Hesston College men’s cross country team finished fourth among seven competitors at the Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Larks placed second among the three two-year school at the event.
Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.) was the top Hesston runner, finishing 12th among 62 overall runners with a time of 28:44.30 in the men’s 8k. Ryan Dungan’s (Wichita, Kan.) 29:12.90 was good for 17th overall, while Jason Schroeder (Harper, Kan.) finished 25th with a 30:08.70.
The Hesston College men’s cross country team finished sixth among eight schools at the Tabor College Invitational (Saturday, Sept. 28 at Harvey County East Lake).
The Larks were led by sophomore Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.) who ran placed 10th overall (2nd among JC runners) with a time of 28:07.51 in the men’s 8K, good for a 5:39.5 average mile. Freshman Ryan Dungan (Wichita, Kan.) finished 26th overall with a 29:03.95 (5:50.9 average mile).
Hesston finished second out of the three two-year institutions participating in the event.
Up next for the Larks is a trip to Overland Park, Kan. for a meet hosted by Johnson County CC, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Hesston College men’s cross country team is off to another fast start in 2013. The Larks, ranked 14th in preseason national polls, received votes in the latest (Sept. 12) poll.
Hesston’s most recent competition, Sept. 14 at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC, saw the Larks place seventh among 11 schools, including NCAA Division II power Fort Hays (Kan.) State University. Hesston finished 3rd out of the six two-year schools that participated.
94 total runners competed in the 8K, with Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.) finishing 24th after posting a time of 28:55.3. Ryan Dungan (Wichita, Kan.) cracked the top-50, placing 42nd with a time of 30:04.7.
The Larks’ next competition is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Harvey County East Park, hosted by Tabor College (Hillsboro).