Cloud XC Off and Running; Dirane, Barrett Honored By League

Cloud XC Off and Running; Dirane, Barrett Honored By League

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.

The Cloud Men were led by Freshman Moses Dirane and Freshman Stephen Marindich in the 4 mile race. The duo won the event placing 1st and 2nd place respectively. Freshman Thobile Mositoclaimed 8th place. Cloud Men finished 4th (138pts) behind Butler (52pts), Emporia State (84), and St. Mary's (118).
Rounding out the T-Birds field was Dominic Rotich in 58th- 23:17, Anthony Nunez 90th- 24:52, Nick Roark 94th – 25:08, and Bryce Ginther 105th- 26:53

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.

Also participating in the event was Beba Scholz 61st- 21:49, Camila Faundez 89th- 23:41, Ariel St. John 97th- 25:43, Kara Rieth 98th- 25:47, Kiley Schmidtberger 100th- 27:23.

"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:  

The Cloud men continued their dominance into the Johnson County Cavalier Cup on September 9th. This time the T-Bird men finished with a 1-2-3 sweep. Dirane, Marindich, and Mosito claimed the top 3 spots in the race. The Thunderbird men won the team title as well with a one point victory over Mid-America Nazarene.
Dirane won the event in 15:50. Marindich was just behind him at 16:09 and Mosito ran 16:14 to take 3rd. Dominic Rotich finished 23rd in 18:42. and Anthony Nunez was 27th to round out Cloud's scoring. 

Stephanie Barrett lead the women as she finished 2nd place with a time of 15:25.

Ariel St. John was 20th in 17:32, Beba Scholz was 21st in 17:44, and Camila Faundez was 26th in 18:36.

"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.

Full results from the Cavalier Cup can be found here: