Women’s Cross Country News Archive 2014-2015

Women’s cross country adds pair to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Becky Jensen, a senior at Rossville (Kan.) High School, and Kaitlyn Shaw, a senior at Newton (Kan.) High School as the newest additions to the Larks program.

A team captain and four-year letter-winner in both cross country and track at Rossville High, Jensen was state champion in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.

A National Honor Society member, Jensen will study nursing at Hesston.

“Becky brings to Hesston College a good resume of performances in track and cross country,” Sieber said. “A good athlete with a passion for running, she will compete well in college and will be a real asset to our team. We’re excited to get a runner of her caliber.”

Jensen is the daughter of Jon and Paula Jensen, Topeka, Kan.

Shaw, a varsity letter-winner for Newton High cross country, adds to an impressive recruiting class for the Larks. A National Honor Society member and Honor Roll student, she will study nursing at Hesston.

“Kaitlyn has a good background in cross country in a strong Newton High program,” Sieber said. “Her experience and knowledge with the sport will enable her to adapt well to college cross country. I’m looking forward to her contributions.”

Shaw is the daughter of John and Tamara Shaw, Newton. She attends Newspring Church, Wichita.

Women’s cross country signs Heidebrecht for 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber Hannah Heidebrecht, a senior at Minnetonka (Minn.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Heidebrecht posted a personal best outdoor mile of 5:45 and a 2-mile best of 13:29.5 for Minnetonka High. An Honor Roll student, she will study nursing at Hesston.

“Hannah is a great recruit for our team,” Sieber said. “She’s an enthusiastic, disciplined and goal oriented lady with a passion for running. Hannah will bring good leadership and work ethic to our team and will compete very well at our level.”

Heidebrecht attends Ridgewood Baptist Church, Minnetonka, and is involved in a variety of church activities there. She is the daughter of John and Wanda Heidebrecht, Excelsior, Minn.

Women’s cross country adds Indiana runner to 2015 recruiting class

Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Eva Dwyer, a senior at Northridge High School, Goshen, Ind., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Dwyer has a personal best of 21:08 in the 5K and a 5:47 outdoor mile for Northridge High. A Scholar Athlete at Northridge High, Dwyer will study communications at Hesston.

“Eva comes to us with a good background in distance running at a strong high school program,” Sieber said. “Her experience and enthusiasm for running will be a real asset for our team. I’m excited to have her on board.”

Dwyer is the daughter of Meghan and Sam Miller, Goshen, Ind., and Kris Verash, Mishawaka. She attends College Mennonite Church, Goshen, and is active in the youth group there.

Women’s cross country signs South Central High senior to letter-of-intent

Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Madi Rickabaugh, a senior at South Central High School, Coldwater, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A three-sport athlete at South Central High, Rickabaugh participates in volleyball, track and cross country.

“I’m excited about Madi’s decision to join our women’s cross country team,” Sieber said. “She ran well at the state meet and placed in the top half of the competition. Madi will contribute a very caring, positive and inclusive dynamic to our team.”

A National Honor Society member, Superintendent Honor Roll selection and Hesston College dean’s scholar, Rickabaugh will study pre-med at Hesston.

Rickabaugh is the daughter of Paul and Andra Rickabaugh, Wilmore, Kan. She attends Protection (Kan.) Mennonite Church and serves as kindergarten teacher for Wednesday night Bible club.

Women’s cross country adds Olathe (Kan.) South senior

Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Mackenzie Johnson, a senior from Olathe (Kan.) South High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A three-sport athlete at Olathe South High, Johnson participated in cross country, track and volleyball. An Honor Roll student, she will study nursing at Hesston.

“I expect Kenzie to adapt well and make a good contribution to our women’s cross country team,” Sieber said. “She comes from a nice, supportive family. I’m looking forward to having Kenzie in our cross country family.”

Johnson is the daughter of Todd and Cindy Johnson, Olathe. She attends Olathe Life Church.

Women’s cross country signs Macksville (Kan.) senior

Hesston College women’s cross country coach Gerry Sieber announces Anna Penner, a senior from Mackville (Kan.) High School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

Penner was a key part of Mackville’s 2013 team that won sub-state and finished as 1A state runners-up. 

A National Honor Society member, Kansas Honors Scholar and Superintendent Honor Roll member, Penner earned Academic all-State recognition her junior year. She will study early childhood education at Hesston.

“I’m excited Anna has chosen to join our cross country family at Hesston College,” Sieber said. “She’s a solid runner, a fine person and a good student. I expect Anna will provide good leadership for our women’s program.”

Penner is the daughter of Henry and Margaretha Penner, Macksville. She attends Trousdale United Methodist Church, Haviland, Kan.

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.”

 

 

Weaver leads Hesston runners at Tabor Invitational

The Hesston College women’s cross country team ran in the Tabor College Invitational held at Harvey County East Lake on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Sophomore Hannah Weaver (Inola, Okla.) led the way with a 22:57.37 in the 5K, good for a 7:23.4 average mile and a 29th overall finish among 60 runners. Melissa Miller (Hutchinson, Kan.) placed 34th overall with a 23:52.62 (7:41.2 average mile).

Up next for the Larks is a trip to Overland Park, Kan. for a meet hosted by Johnson County CC, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.

Hesston College Women’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.”

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.”

Hesston Cross Country continues high academic standard

The 2012 Hesston College men’s and women’s cross country teams were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the 2012 season. According to the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association, both Hesston programs finished in the top two of the national academic team standings.

Hesston’s men’s program recorded an impressive 3.833 team mark, falling just short of the number one overall ranking. The women’s program finished even higher, earning a national-best 3.915 team grade point average. Each team had three members who earned a 4.0 grade point average.

On the heels of last year’s academic success (both programs finished with top ten team rankings), it’s evident Coach Gerry Sieber’s Larks have set a high academic standard. Hesston Cross Country thrived on the course in 2012, too, as both teams were nationally ranked at times throughout the season.

“When you consider all of the intangible elements of this achievement, it is rather remarkable,” Sieber said. “Our student-athletes have a lot on their plates besides their sport and classes. Most have campus jobs, some serve in other roles such as resident assistants, ministry assistants and student ambassadors.”

Receiving Academic All-American recognition on the women’s team are Jenae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.), Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill.), Becca Slabaugh (Goshen, Ind.), Kayla Stevenson (Meade, Kan.), Hannah Weaver (Inola, Okla.) and Sierra Wyse (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa). Representing the men as Academic All-Americans are Hugo Chavez (Brownsville, Texas), Jacob Landis (Sterling, Ill.), Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.), Mitchell Martin (Milford, Neb.) and Jerek Shoemaker (Newton, Kan.).

“This academic accomplishment is a testament to the culture of the college and to the kind of people who make Hesston College a special place,” Sieber added. “Everyone on Hesston’s campus has contributed to our runners’ success. This is the epitome of the Hesston Experience—the symbiosis of contributing to and being recipients of the educational community here.”

Landis, Moyer compete at National Cross Country meet

Two Hesston College runners, sophomore Jacob Landis (Sterling, Ill.) and freshman Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill.), recently competed in the NJCAA cross country national meet, held Nov. 10 at Rend Lake Community College (Ina, Ill.).

Landis capped a spectacular Hesston career by finishing 86th among 287 runners. The sophomore averaged a 5:37 mile for a time of 28:03.8 in the men’s 8k.

Moyer, the unmistakable leader of the Hesston women’s team this year, averaged a 6:49 mile and finished 121st out of 295 total runners. Her overall time was 21:07.1 in the 5k race.

“Michelle and Jacob had outstanding cross country seasons,” said Hesston Coach Gerry Sieber. “Both had a great careers and will be hard to replace. Not only did they perform well but they gave invaluable leadership to our cross country program as team captains.”

Sieber sees positives as cross country season ends

The Hesston College men’s and women’s cross country teams ended its regular seasons on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the NJCAA Region VI meet, hosted by Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.). There were 15 NJCAA institutions represented at the meet.

The Hesston women finished seventh overall with 188 points, just 5 points shy of Hutchinson CC, ranked 21st in the latest NJCAA national poll. The Hesston men finished 11th overall.

Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill) and Jenae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) led the way for the Hesston women, finishing 24th (20:36) and 31st (20:59) among 89 runners. Hannah Weaver (Inola, Okla.) and Amy Repp (Valley Center, Kan.) finished in 21:21 and 21:29, respectively. 

Jacob and Josh Landis (Sterling, Ill.) paced the men with finishes of 25th (26:37) and 65th (28:30). Mitchell Martin (Milford, Neb.) and Luke Ropp (Inman, Kan.) checked in at 29:02 and 29:07.

“Both teams ran their best races of the year,” said Hesston coach Gery Sieber. “This was the strongest performance yet for any Hesston College women’s team. They had the all-time best region finish and best average 5k time. The men’s team also ended on a very positive note. Every runner except one had his best performance of the year.”

The Hesston cross country teams enjoyed growth in its 3rd year of existence, with both teams receiving national rankings throughout the season.

The women’s team was ranked at four different occasions in NJCAA polls, including a program-best national ranking of 17th in September. The men’s team cracked the NJCAA top-25 poll twice this season.

“Overall, it was another good cross country season for a young program,” Sieber said. “We had plenty of young runners and I’m proud of what they accomplished.”

Moyer leads Hesston women in Haskell 5K

The Hesston College women’s cross country team finished ninth among 12 schools on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, Kan.). Hesston runners averaged a 21:34.32 in the 5K.

Larks freshman Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill.) placed 33rd overall (out of 107 runners) with a time of 20:43.02 (6:40.1/average mile). Sophomore Janae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) ran a solid 20:54.0 (6:43.7/average mile), good for 37th overall, while Amy Repp (Valley Center, Kan.), also a sophomore, bounced back after missing three days of practice to record a 21:50.46 (7:01.8).

Hesston has a week off from competition during fall break but will travel to Colorado for high altitude training and team building.

Hesston women record stellar individual times at Emporia State

The Hesston College women’s cross country team finished 11th among 18 schools in Friday’s (Sept. 28) meet at Emporia (Kan.) State University. More importantly, each Hesston runner recorded her season-best time in a 5K race this year. The Larks finished 3rd among Junior Colleges.

Freshman Michelle Moyer’s (Monticello, Ill.) time of 20:21.90 led all Hesston runners and placed her 47th among 148 runners. Janae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) finished 64th overall with a time of 20:52. Hesston runners averaged 21:11.08.

“It was very exciting and encouraging to see every one of our women record season-best times,” said Hesston coach Gerry Sieber. “This serves as a yard stick for the team’s progress and hopefully our performances will help us move up in the 25 national rankings.”

The Larks compete on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Haskel Indian Nations University (Lawrence, Kan.) beginning at 9 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Larks run well at Tabor Invite

The Hesston College women’s cross country team placed sixth among eight schools in the competitive Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) Invite on Friday, Sept. 22.

Freshman Michelle Moyer (Monticello, Ill.) led Hesston with a time of 20:38.16 in the 5K, good for 18th place, while sophomore Jenae Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.) finished 28th with a 21:22.31.

“Many of our runners ran better than their personal performances in the season, which was very encouraging,” said Hesston coach Gerry Sieber. “Our women’s team set a school record for the average 5k time for the top five runners, breaking the old record by 30 seconds. I thought Amy (Repp) and Hanna (Weaver) showed substantial improvement.”

Ranked 22nd in the country by the latest NJCAA poll, the Larks head to Emporia (Kan.) State University on Friday, Sept. 28 for their next meet, beginning at 5:30 p.m.