Cloud County men's team finishes 13th at national meet, Dirane and Mosito earn All-American honors

Cloud County sophomores Moses Dirane and Thobile Mosito are presented their NJCAA All-American awards at Saturday's NJCAA DI Cross Country Championship
Cloud County sophomores Moses Dirane and Thobile Mosito are presented their NJCAA All-American awards at Saturday's NJCAA DI Cross Country Championship

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Cloud County Community College cross country teams completed its 2017 season on Saturday with a strong showing at the NJCAA DI Cross Country Championships, held at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge Iowa.

Cloud County was led by sophomores Moses Dirane and Thobile Mosito, the top-two runners out of the Region VI, as they crossed the line in 10th place and 14th place, respectively, out of 322 participants to earn NJCAA All-American honors for the second straight season.

Dirane, who finished second at the 2016 national meet, posted a time of 25:24.1 on Saturday, just 39 seconds behind the 2017 national champion Eric Fitzpatrick out of Southern Idaho. Mosito, who finished 12th at the national meet as a freshman, was close behind with a time of 25:33.1.

The duo would lift the Cloud County men's team to a 13th place finish out of 45 teams.

Sophomore Stephen Marindich added a 70th-place finish with a time of 26:52.6, while freshmen Burke Deters (119th, 27:25.8) and Longins Kouri (197th, 28:27.5) rounded out the men's team performances.

In the women's race, sophomore Thandeka Manzana closed out her cross country career at Cloud County with a 94th-place finish out of 311 runners. Manzana finished with a time of 20:09.5.

The performance was a positive step forward for Manzana, who placed 116th overall with a time of 20:31.82 at last year's national meet.