HUTCHINSON, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College cross country teams opened up the Championship portion of their schedule in fine fashion Saturday as the T-Birds had four runners earn All-Conference and All-Region honors during the KJCCC/Region VI Championships hosted by Hutchinson Community College.
The men's team finished fourth in the Region VI standings and second in points in the KJCCC West, once again paced by freshman Moses Dirane, who earned his fifth victory of 2016 with a time of 25 minutes, 16.34 seconds. His training mate, fellow freshman Thobile Mosito, crossed the line in 26:00.7 to take second and Stephen Marindich added another top-10 finish for the T-Birds as he placed 10th with a time of 27:14.39.
The men's race was tactical from the start. The leaders only came across the one-mile mark around 5:10. When Moses, Thobile, and Stephen were comfortable, they broke loose and separated. Moses never looked back and built a massive lead on the field," said Cloud County head coach, Drew Mahin. "Thobile fought tooth and nail with Ricardo Buenelos from Allen County over the last two miles for runner-up."
All three Cloud County runners earned All-Conference and All-Region awards for their efforts, and were joined by sophomore Stephanie Barrett on the women's side.
Barrett, who finished second at last year's Region VI Championships, met her goal of running in the low 19-second mark and of adding a top-3 finish to her resume while at Cloud County as her time of 19:22.11 was good enough for third in the Region VI standings, and the second fastest time of any KJCCC West runner.
The women's team finished eighth overall in the region.
"The women's team fought hard despite having lost Beba Scholz (freshman Rebecca Scholz) to illness this week," Mahin said. "I'm extremely proud of Stephanie Barrett for hitting her goals low 19:00's on a rough course and digging deep in a tight finish for third place. Her toughness and work ethic this year has really impressed me."
The T-Birds will have two weeks to rest up, get healthy and hit their peak performance for the NJCAA Championships set for Saturday, November 12 hosted by Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.