The Cloud County Cross Country teams are off and running and the T-Birds have had some outstanding performances to date. Two athletes were recognized by the league as Jayhawk Conference Runners of the Week. Moses Dirance won back-to-back titles to open the season and claim the conference award. Stephanie Barrett took 2nd at the Johnson County Cavalier Cup and 8th at the Masterson Classic to earn her recognition.
The Inaugural Terry Masterson Classic was hosted by Hutch CC at the Fun Valley Sports in Hutchinson, KS on September 2nd.
The men's race featured 117 runners. Butler, ESU, St. Mary's, Cloud, Hutch, McPherson, St. Gregory's, Barton CC, Pratt, Sterling, Dodge City, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Hesston, Bethany all participated in the race.
101 women took part in the Masterson Classic. Cloud's women's team was led by Stephanie Barrett in 6th (19:09) place in the 3 mile race.
"The Hutch Meet was a good test to show what work had been put in during the summer training. Our teams have a lot of unanswered questions at this point. The next few weeks will help to solidify the top 5 scoring positions on both teams. I'm very impressed by the new comers to our team and their willingness to work. If we continue to grow this team will be having a lot of fun come November," Head Coach Drew Mahin said.
Full results can be found here: http://cms.hutchcc.edu/athletics-ftp/crosscountry/2016results/MastersonTwilight.pdf
Stephanie Barrett lead the women as she finished 2nd place with a time of 15:25.
"The men had a good showing and ran with control for most of the race, the top 3 had a tactical race to stay hip to hip until the remaining 600m. With minor injuries early this year the girls team couldn't score with only 4 runners finishing. Thandeka Manzana, Fr. From South Africa- looks to have a big impact when she starts her season next week at Nebraska," Mahin Said.