Men’s Cross Country News Archive 2015-2016

Men’s cross country signs Bellingham (Wash.) senior for 2015 season

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Jonah Short-Miller, a senior runner at Bellingham (Wash.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A captain his senior year, Short-Miller was named team MVP and given the school’s Senior Leadership Award following Bellingham’s fifth-place district finish in cross country.

“Jonah is a seasoned cross country runner and will adapt well to the next level of training and competition,” Sieber said.

An honor roll student and student body president, Short-Miller will study health sciences at Hesston. He attends Cornwall Church, Bellingham.

Short-Miller is the son of Eric and Melody Short-Miller, Bellingham.

Men’s Cross Country adds Nebraska runner for 2015 season

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Christian Martin, a senior at Milford (Neb.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Martin, a part of Milford High’s back-to-back cross country state championship teams, also played football, basketball and golf for the school. He will study sociology at Hesston.

“We’re thrilled that Christian has chosen to come to Hesston and compete in our program,” Sieber said. “His spirit will be invaluable to our team.”

Martin is the son of Troy and Paula Martin, Milford. He attends Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford.

Men’s Cross Country adds another recruit for 2015 season

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Collin Leonard, a senior at Burrton (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A three-year state qualifier in cross country, Leonard also played basketball and golf and ran track at Burrton High. He will study computer science at Hesston.

“Collin will be a good addition to our team,” Sieber said. “A good multi-sport athlete, I’m excited to see what he can do for us when he focuses on one sport. Collin is a hard worker and has a wonderful spirit.”

Leonard is the son of Terry and Monica Leonard, Burrton. He attends first Christian Church, Burrton.

Men’s cross country signs Arizona runner for 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Clay Axness, a senior at Deer Valley High School, Glendale, Ariz., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A four-sport athlete at Deer Valley High, Axness participated in track, soccer and volleyball in addition to cross country.

“A multi-sport athlete and an effervescent spirit, Clay will be a welcomed addition to our men’s cross country team,” Sieber said. “I’m looking forward to his contribution.”

Axness is the son of Cory and Andrea Axness, Glendale. At Hesston, he will pursue studies towards a degree in forestry.

Men’s cross country adds local runner

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Weston Schroeder, a senior at Chaparral High School, Harper, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A key part of the cross country team that placed third in the 3A state meet in 2014, Schroeder participated in five sports at Chaparral High. A second-team all-league basketball player and honorable mention all-league performer in football, Schroeder also wrestled and ran track for the school.

Schroeder attends Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Harper. He is deciding his major at Hesston.

“Weston is an athletic kid who has competed well in numerous sports throughout his high school career,” Sieber said. “I’m looking forward to watching him compete with cross country as his only sport.”

Schroeder is the son of Kerry and Donica Schroeder, Harper.

Men’s cross country to add Ohio talent for 2015

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Wyatt Baer, a senior at Smithville (OH) High School is the newest addition to the Larks program.

Baer has a personal best of 17:03 in the 5K for Smithville High. He was a three-year varsity letter recipient in both cross country and track. In 2013, Baer received the Coach Award for track. Baer was part of excellent programs while at Smithville High, the team qualifying for districts, regionals, and being named country champions all four-years of his high school career.

A three-year honor roll student at Smithville High, Baer will study business at Hesston.

“We’re excited to have Wyatt join our cross country family,” Sieber said. “Wyatt is a disciplined, goal oriented leader who will compete well at our level. He will make a good contribution to our team and I’m excited Wyatt has chosen to start here.”

Baer is the son of Lynae and Heath Baer, Marshallville, Ohio. He attends Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, and is active in the youth group there.

In cross country, Hesston College competes in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.

Men’s cross country adds Virginia runner to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Kyle Good, a senior at Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

“Kyle ran very well his senior year after making a switch to cross country from soccer,” Sieber said. “He should adapt well to running at the next level and I anticipate his substantial contribution to our team.”

Good is deciding his college major. He is the son of Lee and Rosemary Good, Harrisonburg.

In cross country, Hesston College competes in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.

Pair of former Larks compete at NCAA national race

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.

Keak, Dungan represent Hesston at cross country national meet

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.”

 

 

Keak, Dungan lead Larks to 2nd-place finish

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.

 

Keak places 13th at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Romp the Ridge

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.

Goshen (Ind.) High senior inks with Hesston College men’s cross country

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.

Men’s cross country adds Bethel Christian Academy (Ottawa, Kan.) senior

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.

 

                               

 

Men’s cross country signs Lincoln (Neb.) East High senior

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.

Men’s cross country adds Marion (Kan.) senior

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.