COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The Cloud County Community College cross country teams were out west on Saturday competing at the Colorado College Invitational, which featured NCAA Division II and NJCAA talent.
Cloud County's trip was highlighted by a fifth-place team finish by the men's teams — second amongst NJCAA teams — with 111 points, which put the T-Birds right between RMAC schools Colorado College and Regis University.
Freshman Dennis Kiptoo led the way for Cloud County, finishing fifth overall in the men's eight-kilometer race with a time of 25:44.90.
Fellow freshman Saba Khvichava joined Kiptoo in the top-20, finishing 17th overall after crossing the finish line in 27:00.50.
Sophomore Burke Deters was right behind Gebreselase as he finished 67th with a time of 31:26.10.
Rounding out the Cloud County men's finishers were Ricky Cuvillier (70th, 32:41.20), Lucas Keil (74th, 33:41.50), Nicholas Corea (75th, 34:02.2), Mason Harrod (78th, 34:52.0) and Jeremy Ragsdale (79th, 38:32.40).
On the women's side, a pair of sophomores paced Cloud County as Sadie Jones finished 79th overall with a time of 29:45.20 in the women's six-kilometer race, while Rebekah Thomas was close behind in 80th at 30:06.40.
Freshman Reagan Emerson posted a time of 32:08.60, finishing 88th overall, to round out Cloud County's top finishers.
Up next for Cloud County will be its annual trip to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational.
The women's race will get the event kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15.