Men’s Cross Country News Archive 2014-2015

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.

Cross Country achieves high academic mark

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.”



Landis runs well at nationals

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).

Landis to represent Hesston College at national cross country meet

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.

Larks finish 10th at Region VI Championship

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.

Landis leads men’s cross country at Bethel

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. 



Landis records top-10 finish at Tabor Invitational

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.

Cross Country listed in recent national poll

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). 





Hesston College Men’s Cross County ready to run

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.”

Sophomores Josh Landis, Sterling, Ill.; Mitchell Martin, Milford, Neb.; and Jason Oyer, Hubbard, Ore., will anchor the men’s team.

“I’m hoping improved performances of the returning sophomores combined with contributions of some new freshman will offset the loss of a deep graduating class,” Sieber said. “It’s possible we may be able to compete as well or better than last year’s team.”

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.”

Top student athletes named at Hesston athletic banquet

Hayley Gately, Roseville, Calif., a sophomore co-captain on the softball team, and Jacob Landis, Sterling, Ill., a men’s cross country runner, are the 2012-13 Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year.

Gately, an all-region infielder, is the Larks all-time leader in homeruns, doubles, triples, runs and runs batted in. Off the field, she served the Hesston campus as a student ambassador and resident assistant. Gately follows Emily Wagner-Davis, also of Roseville, Calif., as this year’s Larks’ Female Student Athlete of the Year.

“Hayley made countless contributions to our program and the broader Hesston campus,” said Hesston softball coach Andrew Sharp. “She demonstrated tremendous leadership through her words, and more importantly, her actions. We will miss her, but are excited for her very bright future.”

A two-time competitor in the NJCAA national cross country meet and all-region runner, Landis placed 44th among over 300 runners at the 2011 national meet. Landis served Hesston College as a resident assistant, a chemistry lab assistant, a ministry assistant and a student ambassador. Landis helped the men’s cross country team to the second highest team GPA in the nation.

“Jacob is a gifted, well-rounded person,” said Hesston cross country coach Gerry Sieber. “He’s had a meaningful engagement with so many aspects of the Hesston College community, and I expect he will make significant contributions to the church and the world.”