GARDEN CITY, Kansas — Cloud County sophomores Moses Dirane and Thobile Mosito staked their claim as the best cross country runners in the Region VI, while providing those in attendance with visions of déjà vu, after the duo swept the top-two spots at Monday's KJCCC/Region VI Championships for the second consecutive season.
Battling frigid conditions at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, Dirane crossed the finish line in 26 minutes, 9.8 seconds, while Mosito was close behind at 26:24.2; nearly 20 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.
"Great performances from Moses and Toby under tough weather conditions," said Cloud County head coach, Drew Mahin. "I'm proud of them to get out of regionals with a 1-2 finish for the second time. Moses winning marks the third time in the last five years we've had the individual race winner."
Dirane and Mosito positioned the Cloud County men's team for a fourth-place finish in the Region VI standings and second place in the KJCCC West.
"Our region proved why it is one of the toughest in the NJCAA," Mahin said. "We had a few guys struggle with the race and it opened up room for Cowley and Colby to step into the top-3. But we'll look forward to having a solid team effort in two weeks at the NJCAA Championships."
In the women's race, sophomore Thandeka Manzana paced the T-Birds with a time of 21:30.2 to finish in 34th-place.
"The women's team showed heart and toughness to battle back in the second half of the race," Mahin said. "They got off to a slow start, but were able to finish well."
Cloud County will now rest up, get healthy, and take a crack at the podium for the NJCAA National Championships set for Nov. 11 at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa.